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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Photos: The pain and drama of bowl games

By The Agony of Defeat

Losing. It hurts. Especially to end the season, and especially on a major stage.

That's what dozens of players and coaches learned this December and January, as 35 teams fell short of their bowl-winning goal.

So, with bowl season officially over after Alabama's thumping 42-14 win over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game, Playbook and the aptly named Tumblr "The Agony of Defeat" now bring you a collection of dramatic photos showing the pain of losing in college football's postseason.

Check them out:


Sun Bowl: USC Trojans
The USC Trojans bench during the Sun Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Things weren't sunny in El Paso for the Trojans, who entered the year ranked No. 1 ... yet lost 21-7 to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to finish 7-6.


Outback Bowl: Michigan Wolverines
Jadeveon Clowney hitting Vincent Smith in the South Carolina Gamecocks/Michigan Wolverines game at the Outback Bowl.
Michigan lost a heartbreaker to the South Carolina Gamecocks. But worse, at least for Vincent Smith, was the thunderous hit by Jadeveon Clowney that caused a fumble and blew up the Internet.


Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners
Landry Jones of the Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl against the Texas A&M Aggies
Once thought a major Heisman Trophy candidate, Landry Jones saw his Sooners bested -- badly -- in a 41-13 loss to the Texas A&M Aggies and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.


Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois Huskies
Jason Meehan of the Northern Illinois Huskies at the Orange Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles
Did Northern Illinois belong? That's the question asked time and time again before the Orange Bowl. And for a while, it seemed like it, but ultimately Jason Meehan & Co. fell quite a bit short of the Florida State Seminoles (31-10).


Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers
Barry Alvarez of the Wisconsin Badgers at the Rose Bowl against the Stanford Cardinal
Barry Alvarez came back for one last game with the Wisconsin Badgers, but it ended up an unfamiliar loss -- 20-14 to the Stanford Cardinal.


Sugar Bowl: Florida Gators
Chaz Green of the Florida Gators against the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl
Chaz Green and the Gators were one game away from fighting for an SEC championship. In the end, they lost a deceptively lopsided 33-23 contest to the Louisville Cardinals.


Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats
Chris Harper of the Kansas State Wildcats at the Fiesta Bowl against the Oregon Ducks
So close to being a national title contender, Chris Harper and Kansas State ended up on the wrong end of a 35-17 game against the Oregon Ducks.


BCS National Championship Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

(We'll let the photos do the talking.)

Manti Te'o of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the BCS National Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide

Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the Alabama Crimson Tide

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish leprechaun mascot at the BCS National Championship Game

Theo Riddick of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the BCS National Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish after the BCS National Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide

To see more photos like this, visit The Agony of Defeat on Tumblr.