West Virginia's players pretty much ignored that one, but then when it happened again in the second half, well, the Texas players weren't the only ones jumping around and dancing. The Mountaineers simply got into it, too, and juiced up themselves.
"That's just the way we are,'' Smith said. "We're going to win as a team and lose as a team. And we might as well have fun doing it.''
Some of the Mountaineers claimed not to have paid attention to the noise level and the enthusiasm of the Texas crowd, despite it being the largest any WVU team has ever played in front of (the previous high was 96,445 at Penn State 21 years ago.)
"I really wasn't hearing it,'' safety Darwin Cook said. "I guess I'm used to it.''
Well, in a way that's true. West Virginia has played in front of some large and loud opposing crowds just in the seasons most of these players have been at the school. Big East teams always tended to save their loudest and biggest crowds for the Mountaineers. And in recent seasons, bowl games have been almost road games given that the opponents usually had more fans.
But this was just different because of the sheer volume, both literally (noise) and figuratively (number of people). And it's something the Mountaineers needed to get used to because while no other Big 12 venue seats 100,000, they are predominantly larger and rowdier than anything in the Big East.
"I feel better about this team because we overcame adversity,'' Holgorsen said, referring to both game situations and the atmosphere.
Then again, as is always the case the entire crowd was not pro-Texas. They were dwarfed by Longhorn fans, but there were still perhaps 10,000 West Virginians in the crowd, if not more.
That was a number that amazed even Texas fans and officials given the distance, but once again it didn't even raise an eyebrow among the Mountaineers.
"It's amazing to see our fans when we travel anywhere in the United States of America,'' said running back Andrew Buie, he of the 207 rushing yards against Texas. "But we're used to it. We know that anywhere we go, they'll be there, too.''