<
>

The House of Pain

8/2/2010

I've often wondered, in the realm of SEC football, what supersedes the other:

The joy of winning?

Or the agony of defeat?

We at ESPN.com have tackled that age-old question with The House of Pain, which examines the 50 most painful outcomes in college football history.

Today, we start with Nos. 50-41, and the SEC is represented in three of those games:

No. 49: LSU 17, Ole Miss 14

Nov. 22, 2003

Ole Miss fans don't need to be reminded that the Rebels are the only team in the Western Division that hasn't been to the SEC championship game. Their best chance came in 2003 with Eli Manning leading the way, but Ole Miss couldn't get it done at home that season against LSU despite having several chances. All-America place-kicker Jonathan Nichols had missed only one field goal all season, but missed twice that game, including a 36-yarder that would have tied the game with just over four minutes to play. The Rebels' last-ditch effort ended with Manning tripping over one of his own linemen and falling down on fourth down.

No. 47: Alabama 25, Auburn 23

Nov. 30, 1985

Let's face it. Every Iron Bowl is painful for one group of fans. But the 1985 affair (the 50th Iron Bowl) was one the Auburn fans still have difficulty digesting. The Tigers took a 23-22 lead with 57 seconds remaining. But quarterback Mike Shula, working with no timeouts, drove the Crimson Tide to the Auburn 35, and Van Tiffin came on to boot a 52-yard field goal with six seconds remaining.

No. 41: LSU 31, Tennessee 20

Dec. 8, 2001

Some Tennessee fans will tell you that it was the beginning of the end for Phillip Fulmer. One thing's for certain: The Vols' program was never quite the same after the SEC championship game defeat to an LSU team that lost both its starting quarterback and starting running back during the course of the game. The Vols were headed to the Rose Bowl to play for their second national championship in four years had they won, but were outplayed by the Tigers in the second half and couldn't overcome a pair of crippling turnovers.

To ease your pain, we've created mailbags specifically for your most painful memories. So go right ahead and vent, scream, yell, do whatever you need to do to let it all out.