"I played in front of 30,000 at my high school stadium [at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif.], but nothing compares to Mountaineer country out here," O'Toole said. "I was just trying to focus on what I'm doing. I've done the same kick for the last couple years. I just wanted to keep doing that. Once I got on the field, it was all muscle memory."
Which led to good memories for WVU fans.
"Coach [Dana] Holgorsen asked me [Friday] night [about nerves]," O'Toole said. "It's kind of the same thing I told him. I feel it a little more in my head. Once I get on the field, it all goes away. It's all muscle memory. I just have to stay true to my muscle memory, stay true to my technique and hit that kick."
O'Toole did that all Saturday. And he gave a nod to assistant coach Joe DeForest.
"Coach DeFoe has been awesome," O'Toole said. "He's been trying to get me mentally tough and to keep everything else going - stay strong with my technique.
"We've been working on my flexibility and getting more consistent. It's been a real honor to be working with Coach DeFoe."
Of all the kicks on Saturday, though, O'Toole got the biggest kick before the game.
"Just being with the guys before we went out," said the punter. "We were all in the weight room. There was the fog coming in. You couldn't really see anything. All you could hear was the countdown. That was the best."
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.