Dana Holgorsen arrived in Morgantown with monstrous—nay, mountainous—expectations.
After nine games and two head-scratching losses, West Virginia found itself on the field in SunLife Stadium lining up against a heavily favored Clemson Tigers squad.
Four quarters, nine records and 589 yards of offense later, West Virginia had a few things to smile about.
Before this game, West Virginia had been participants in two other BCS games and had won each of them as underdogs. While the weight of those victories were substantial, they were nothing compared to the megaton statement that the Mountaineers made against Clemson.
The blowout win signaled a new, bright era for Mountaineer football and the ascension of Dana Holgorsen as one of the nation's most promising young head coaches.
It also validated the bold, fearless moves of university AD Oliver Luck, who still had people doubting whether his promoting Holgorsen and duking it out with the Big East would pay off in the long run.
Most importantly, it reassured Mountaineers everywhere that being the underdog means nothing when you believe in your team and they, in turn, feel empowered by their fans.
The 2012 Orange Bowl was simply the most dazzling win in school history and helped reestablish West Virginia at the forefront of the nation's elite teams.
Just like the billboard says, 70 isn't just the speed limit on I-79.
It represents a much bigger picture.