MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Early this week, Dana Holgorsen referred to Doug Rigg as still "a little foggy'' after the head-to-head hit that knocked him out cold in West Virginia's game at Oklahoma last week.
Perhaps this illustrates the point of just how foggy Rigg is.
"It was definitely a memorable experience,'' the West Virginia linebacker said.
"Yeah, as soon as I said that I realized that's probably not true,'' Rigg laughed.
In the fourth quarter of Saturday's 16-7 loss to the Sooners, Rigg was chasing OU running back Brennan Clay from behind. Clay was running to the right, just in front of the West Virginia bench. In front of Clay, WVU safety Karl Joseph was ready to make one of his big hits.
Just as Joseph lunged at Clay, the running back ducked down. With Rigg chasing the play from behind, Joseph and Rigg collided head first. Rigg rolled over onto his back and was out cold.
"I just remember trying to tackle the OU running back and the next thing you know a trainer's over me saying, 'Wake up,' '' said Rigg, who would watch the play on tape on Sunday and realize what all the concern was about. "I was shocked. I didn't realize how bad it looked.''
Rigg was unconscious for perhaps 30 seconds, but it was probably 10 minutes before he was moved. Simply as a precaution, medical personnel removed his facemask, gingerly strapped him to a stretcher and transported him to an Oklahoma City hospital.
He didn't remain there long and was able to fly home with the team shortly after the game.
"I'm pretty good for the most part,'' Rigg said.
It's not the first time Rigg has been carried off the field on a stretcher. He said it happened to him as a freshman in high school in New Jersey, but that wasn't serious, either.