Losing. It hurts. Especially when a trip to the BCS national championship game is on the line.
That's what Kansas State and Oregon found out last weekend, and that -- plus NFL, hoops and more -- is what Playbook and the aptly named Tumblr "
The Agony of Defeat" aims to show in this collection of sad sports photos from the past week: Collin Klein was the Heisman front-runner. The Kansas State Wildcats were No. 1 in the BCS rankings. Then it all came crashing down in Waco, Texas, where the Baylor Bears won 52-24 on Saturday. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Coach Chip Kelly's Oregon Ducks were in line to take over the No. 1 BCS spot and, if they won out, head to the title game. But a late comeback by the Stanford Cardinal ended in a 17-14 overtime win for the visitors and despair for the Ducks. AP Photo/Don Ryan The uplifting story of the upstart Indianapolis Colts and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck took an abrupt turn in Foxborough, Mass., where Indy was throttled 59-24 by the New England Patriots. David Butler II/US Presswire Tasked with stepping in for the injured Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich couldn't guide the Pittsburgh Steelers to a win over the rival Baltimore Ravens (they lost 13-10). Now Leftwich might miss next week's game with a rib injury of his own. George Gojkovich/Getty Images Jason Campbell, too, was tabbed the starter after the No. 1 (Jay Cutler) went down. But the Chicago Bears were humbled on "Monday Night Football," 32-7. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez Once the toast of the 2012-13 Premier League season, Chelsea have fallen into third place after a 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion. Few embody their current struggles like misfiring strikers Fernando Torres, left, and Daniel Sturridge. Michael Regan/Getty Images Real NBA agony is hard to come by in mid-November, but Shaun Livingston and the winless Washington Wizards sure feel it after falling to 0-9 with Monday's 96-89 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Rob Carr/Getty Images Despite getting Shabazz Muhammad for his first game, Joshua Smith, left, Kyle Anderson and the 11th-ranked UCLA Bruins fell to the Georgetown Hoyas 78-70. Elsa/Getty Images The Chaminade Silverswords have won seven of their 83 games at the 28-year-old Maui Invitational. One of them: Monday night's 86-73 upset of the Texas Longhorns. Brian Spurlock/US Presswire
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