VIDEO: Darwin Cook Scores, Tackles Orange Bowl Mascot

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OK, that's a grown man tackling a giant orange, followed by the orange throwing up in a trash can. Let's back up.

With both offenses slacking on delivering the promise of maximum points -- only 38 with 40 minutes to go, sirs?! -- the West Virginia Mountaineers defense took matters into their own hands. Matters being the football, wrenched from running back Andre Ellington as he hurtled for what might've been a touchdown otherwise, with Darwin Cook taking the ball 99 yards the other way.

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After replay, it became clear the ball was loose well before Ellington hit the ground. It then meandered throughout various limbs, failing to find a suitable captor before settling upon Cook as its only acceptable handler. Pure Darwinism.

For more on the 2012 Orange Bowl, visit Clemson blog Shakin' the Southland and West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket.

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