MORGANTOWN - One might think that after making the single biggest play in one of West Virginia's most high-profile wins ever, Darwin Cook could relax just a little bit.
Well, not really. In fact, scoring his first-ever college touchdown on one of the biggest stages possible just whetted his appetite for more.
"That's my mindset. I want to score,'' West Virginia's junior safety said. "I want to score every game. I didn't make enough plays last year. I really didn't.''
Yeah, but the one he did make was pretty special.
It was Cook, with West Virginia seemingly certain to again fall behind Clemson in a see-saw Orange Bowl game, who helped turn the game around. The Tigers had first-and-goal at the WVU 3-yard line, trailing 21-17, and were averaging more than 10 yards per play on the drive that got them there.
But then linebacker Doug Rigg reached in with his broken hand and stripped Clemson's Andre Ellington of the ball. Cook, from behind the play, reached down and picked it up. Ninety-nine yards and a flattened Obie the Orange mascot later, what seemed certain to be a 24-21 deficit was a 28-17 West Virginia lead.
That opened the floodgates and the Mountaineers went on to set all-time NCAA bowl scoring records in a 70-33 rout.
As for Cook, well, he got plenty of ink and air time for both the play itself and what happened at the end of it when he ran over Obie beyond the end zone. And he wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
But he doesn't want to be known as just a one-trick pony.
"Yeah, it was pretty good, but I don't want to be known for just the Orange Bowl,'' Cook said. "I know I'm going to carry that with me, but I don't want to be known just for that.''
Well, as West Virginia prepares to open its season Saturday in what might be the final game ever with Marshall, Cook will likely have as many opportunities as he wants to make plays. He is back for his junior season after starting all 13 games as a sophomore and will also play on both the punt and kickoff teams.
Often times players who set out to make plays don't. Sometimes coaches prefer those who play within the scheme, do their jobs and let the plays come to them.