Defensively West Virginia wanted to take away the run and force Collins, a sophomore making only his fifth start, to beat them with his arm. He nearly did. Early in the fourth quarter, with Miami at the Mountaineer 42, Collins scrambled under heavy pressure. Pinned against the right sideline, he spun out of trouble, raced back across the field and lofted a gorgeous 40-yard rainbow to wide receiver A.C. Tellison. Three running plays later the Hurricanes took the lead, 14-10.
But with 7:30 to go, Mike Baker's slashing 28-yard punt return gave the Mountaineers the ball on the Miami 30. Two plays later Walker, who was on his way to his sixth straight 100-yard rushing game, got the call. The play was a simple run off left tackle behind Rich Braham, a walk-on out of Morgantown's own University High who turned into a four-year starter and Kodak All-America. Braham laid a nice kickout block on Patrick, fullback Rodney Woodard took out two linebackers, and Walker went 19 yards through a hole the size of a country road.
After the Mountaineer D stood its ground and the offense ran out the clock, the field was overrun with whooping celebrants, who reduced both goalposts to scrap metal with alarming swiftness. To outsiders it was chaos. To West Virginians it was, well, almost heaven.