In the waning moments of West Virginia's 30-27 win at South Florida Thursday night, three plays stood out as pivotal.
Two came in the final seconds when Geno Smith hit Stedman Bailey on a fourth-down, 26-yard pass to set up Tyler Bitancurt's 28-yard field goal on the last play of the night.
The third was the reason the other two were possible - Najee Goode's strip of USF quarterback B.J. Daniels. But don't expect Goode to explain it in great detail.
"Actually, on that play I didn't know what happened,'' Goode said. "I just saw everybody get up and scream. I knew I hit the ball, but I didn't know I jarred it loose.
"And then I saw Doug with that club and only one good hand and the ball. The guy on our team with one good hand actually recovered the fumble.''
That would be linebacker Doug Rigg, who has played the second half of the season with a cast on one arm up to his fingers to protect a broken bone.
That Daniels was even running the ball was a bit of a surprise. He had missed the last game and a half with a sprained shoulder and had spent most of the game avoiding tucking the ball and running in order to protect himself. But as the game wore on, Daniels apparently gained more confidence and was more like his usual dual-threat self.
"We knew when he got into a scrambling situation he'd be open to something like that,'' defensive lineman Julian Miller said. "But he never really scrambled much. And then in the second half I think he got more confident and started to scramble some.''
The play on which Daniels fumbled wasn't a scramble, but it was scramble-like - he was alone with the ball trying to pick his spot. It was a play-action handoff fake in which after the handoff Daniels took a little step back to freeze the defense and then headed into the line. It was a designed run all the way.
"I was just trying to get him down,'' Goode said. "I saw the ball swinging, but I was really thinking about just making the tackle and get them in second-and-long.''
To say that Pat Miller has had a rocky season would be an understatement.
The junior from Birmingham, Ala., has started 10 of the team's 12 games this season, but had been targeted by more than one passer as the weak link in WVU's secondary.