"I knew we had a pretty good line class here," said the coach. "Early on [in Monday's game], we weren't playing well. We weren't clicking after that month off.
"With Auburn's offense, you hand the ball off two or three times then pass. It wasn't as hard to get that clicking again. We had to get it back."
At the right time, the Seminoles did.
"It was good," Trickett said. "Anybody who tries to say [the national championship] is just another game is lying. It's not.
"And afterward it was a who's who on the field. It was a good deal."
Trickett said his attention will now turn to his son, Clint, a WVU quarterback, who attended the game in Pasadena, Calif.
"We're going to get him with [celebrated orthopedist] Jimmy Andrews," said the father. "Hopefully he can 'scope that shoulder."
Clint Trickett, you may know, played for Florida State before transferring to Morgantown.
"Florida State has all the players in the world," said the player Tuesday. "At the end, they made the plays."
Any warm and fuzzy moments?
"I didn't do anything," said the QB. "I was just another person in the stands. They are my old teammates, but, no sir, I play quarterback for West Virginia."
He did admit to one emotion though.
"I'm proud of my dad," said the QB.
Just like the rest of the Mountain State. Out there guiding the national champions were West Virginians.
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