The view from here was the offensive powder keg was ignited by the game's wild card: freshman tailback Andrew Buie. After Geno Smith threw to Buie, buried in the depth chart for much of the year, the runner appeared to be going down, but rolled over the back of Clemson safety Rashard Hall and kept going down the right sideline.
Soon all were getting a piece of the action. Walk-on Willie Millhouse, a 34-yard catch. J.D. Woods, one for 15.
The unquestioned stars, however, were WVU quarterback Smith and wideout Tavon Austin.
Smith used both his arm and legs to lift his team. Heretofore trying to be solely a pocket passer, Smith used it all. (Including, perhaps, the motivation of playing opposite Tajh Boyd, who once committed to WVU before begging off.)
With Pat White in the house as an honorary captain, Smith set records that made the press box announcer mention the names of Matt Leinart and Tom Brady. Austin went crazy-legs on the Tigers. Set an all-time bowl record for receiving touchdown passes with four.
Please grasp that. Not within the history of the Orange Bowl or BCS games. We're talking ever. All bowl games.
"He's special," said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney afterward. "He's a special, special player."
It will lead to the inevitable question of whether the junior now jumps to the NFL.
On Wednesday, though, it was a time to celebrate for WVU.
Today, it will be a time for celebration. Because this doesn't come along every day.
This was that day. The day where everything came together. The day of which one dreams. It was a day never experienced in relation to points by any other team in the history of college football.
No team has ever scored 70 points in a bowl.
No team has ever looked this sharp.
"It is what it is," said Swinney.
It was a major victory for all Mountaineers. It was a victory for Joe Madsen at center going against one of the top NFL prospects in Clemson's Brandon Thompson. It was a victory for the entire maligned offensive line. It was a victory for WVU nose guard Jorge Wright, who had to hold up in a crucial position in the 3-3-5. It was a victory for players like Devon Brown and Najee Goode and Keith Tandy.
Smith got his Pat White-like signature victory. Six touchdown passes. The Orange Bowl Most Outstanding Player Award. Carved himself a national name. White has his four bowl wins; Smith has this all-timer.
And Holgorsen has officially caught fire. He'll be the talk of radio shows far and wide today.
Afterward, he pointed to the team's seniors.
"They wanted to lay the groundwork for where this program is heading," Holgorsen said. "And the future couldn't look brighter than at WVU."
Indeed. 'Cause that train got on a roll Wednesday night. And just kept a-rolling on down those tracks.