MORGANTOWN - Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind while trying to make sense of West Virginia winning by double figures over a BCS-conference opponent, seeing a team ranked above it lose and then dropping a spot in the Associated Press poll:
The team that lost, then-No. 6 Oklahoma, was replaced by the team that beat the Sooners in Norman, Kansas State, which jumped all the way from No. 15 to No. 7. Beyond that, Stanford and WVU traded places - the Cardinal up from ninth to eighth - despite not playing. Still, Stanford was more impressive beating preseason No. 1 Southern Cal last week than West Virginia was in beating Maryland this, so it's no big deal.
Keep winning and it will all work out.
The team that really got messed up in all of this was actually Kansas State. As it was pointed out to Bill Snyder on Monday, his K-State team thrives on being the underdog. Well, now the Wildcats are the highest-ranked Big 12 team in the media poll, although West Virginia is still ranked higher (7th to 8th) in the coaches' poll.
So much for the underdog role.
"Probably I have to get back on the coaches' poll,'' Snyder laughed, "so I can get our team down in the rankings some.''
Sure, Cook got all the good press after West Virginia's Orange Bowl win over Clemson, even though it wouldn't have been possible without Rigg. It was Rigg who stripped Clemson's Andre Ellington of the ball on the goal line and Cook who picked up the loose ball and ran 98 yards for a game-changing touchdown.
On Saturday, in a 31-21 win over Maryland, the roles were reversed.
Cook is the one who sacked Maryland quarterback Perry Hills as Hills was giving a play-action fake to his tailback and then starting to roll out. Cook stripped the ball from Hills and Rigg picked it up and ran 51 yards for a touchdown.