Ninety-nine rather laborious yards later, Cook crossed the goal line and, after the requisite review confirmed the play's legitimacy, West Virginia led 28-17. By halftime it was 49-20 and the rout was on.
And Cook was still trying to figure out just what had happened.
"I blacked out,'' Cook said. "When something like that happens you just lose control. I didn't even know I hit the Orange. I thought I hit a [police] officer or something. You just grab onto something.''
By the time it was all over, Cook fully realized the implications of the play, but had no idea that the most talked-about part of it was what happened after he crossed the goal line, flipped the ball away - dangerously close to the goal line, by the way - and ran through the end zone.
That's when he stuck out his left arm just before he was about to hit the wall and pretty much clotheslined Obie, the diminutive Orange Bowl mascot.
"Every time I see it, I can't believe it was me,'' Cook said. "I dropped the ball and I was so tired I just grabbed onto the first thing I could. And I guess it was the Orange.''
It wasn't until afterward that Cook discovered that the person inside the Obie costume was a girl.
"It's a girl?'' Cook said in shock when told after the game that he'd flattened a female. "Oh, man, tell her I apologize.''
Three months later, Cook is still hearing more about the aftermath of the play than about the play itself. And if nothing else, he's realized that it made him even more famous, which is something Cook will never forget.
"Everybody knows me because of that,'' Cook said. "So that's probably what I'm going to do in the future. If I ever score again, I'm probably going to tackle every mascot I see.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.