College football is only a month away, and as much as I love it, it's also full of heartache. ESPN is counting down the 50 Most Painful Outcomes in College Football History. The World Wide Leader is only up to 31, but the Jayhawks and Tigers have already made the list -- on opposite ends of the heartbreak scale.
Missouri played heartbreaker, beating the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames on
November 27, 2004. Missouri played spoiler, intercepting a pass in the
end zone and beating the Cyclones 17-14 in overtime -- a loss that kept
I-State out of the Big 12 championship game. I witnessed it. Just seeing
the photo on ESPN still hurts.
The Jayhawks' New Year's Day 1969 loss to Penn State in the
Orange Bowl ranked No. 40. The Nittany Lions trailed 14-7 int he final
minute, blocked a punt, complete a 47-yard pass to Kansas 3-yard line
and the Lions' QB ran it in. Trailing by one, Joe Pa decided to go for
two. The Jayhawks stuffed them but were penalized for having 12 men on
the field. Ugh. Given the second chance, the Nittany Lions scored on a
sweep for the 15-14 victory. That has to hurt.
Can't wait for college football to break my heart again.