When all was said and done, Smith had thrown for 450 yards and four touchdowns, West Virginia had 541 yards of total offense and the defense had given up just 275 total yards. Connecticut didn't score an offensive touchdown, the third time in six games WVU's defense can boast of not allowing one.
Yet that one defensive gem ignited it all. For instance, before Snow's fumble return Smith was 18-of-31 passing for 211 yards and no touchdowns - OK, but not startling. After the fumble he was 9-of-14 for 239 yards and threw TD passes of 84 and 27 yards to Stedman Bailey, 12 yards to Tavon Austin and a spectacular 22-yarder to Brad Starks.
Oh, and the defense had given up 238 yards to the Huskies. In the remaining 11/2 quarters UConn would add just 37 yards while allowing 301.
And Miller, who started the whole thing with his hit, didn't even know what was happening.
"I didn't even know Snow had the ball until he was 30 yards down the field,'' the junior cornerback said. "I thought it was one of the safeties, like [Darwin] Cook or something.''
Well, if it had been Cook, the offense probably wouldn't have had a chance to go out and jump-start itself because Cook would have scored. Almost anyone on the defense would have, in fact.
But Snow, after getting out of the blocks well, slowed to a crawl just when it appeared he was in the clear. Eventually, Connecticut tight end Ryan Griffin chased him down at the 12-yard line.
"I was shocked,'' Snow said. "When I got that last block I thought I was going to score.''
In truth, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound redshirt freshman middle linebacker, making only his second start, might not have scored if Connecticut had left the field. That's how much he slowed down.
But by that time it didn't matter. If the damage wasn't already done, it was about to be.
"It was a game-changer,'' Snow said. "The momentum completely shifted on that play.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.