AUSTIN, Texas - It didn't take long Saturday night for West Virginia to realize it wasn't in Piscataway anymore.
The Mountaineers weren't in East Hartford or Louisville, either, or just about anywhere else they have grown accustomed to playing, often before raucous crowds, but usually rather quaint or even petite in regard to size.
That whole thing about everything being bigger in Texas applies perfectly to Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, where more than 100,000 regularly flock to see Texas play football. On Saturday night, more than had ever flocked there before - a stadium record 101,851 - came to see little ol' West Virginia make its Texas debut.
What they saw they didn't much like, or at least that was the case for the roughly 90,000 wearing burnt orange. Still, after West Virginia walked out of there with an exhausting 48-45 win, it was as if the Mountaineers had beaten a lot more than the 100 or so Texas players.
And believe it or not, that's not something visiting teams usually are forced to deal with.
"That is by far the loudest and longest I've heard them yell since I've been here,'' said Texas coach Mack Brown, who has been in Austin 15 years and through two runs at a national title. "I thought they really helped us.''
Here's the thing, though: That Texas-sized crowd and the unprecedented noise it made - for years the Longhorns have complained about a lack of enthusiasm from fans - might have helped UT, but it didn't faze West Virginia.
Crowd noise? What crowd noise?
"This is a strange environment. I've never seen this place like this,'' said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, no stranger to coaching opposing teams at Texas. "I've been here when it was not loud, but it was loud [Saturday night].
"But our guys don't care. They just like to play football.''
Indeed, one thing probably encapsulates West Virginia's attitude about the crowd and the deafening noise it was able to make. In the second quarter and then again in the second half after huge Texas plays, the stadium rocked with dance music. Not only did the crowd jump and shout in rhythm, so did the players, going so far as to filter out onto the field in front of their bench and hop up and down. It was particularly crazy after West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith fumbled and it was recovered for a touchdown in the second quarter.