Friday, August 6, 2010
Pain still lingers for Hogs' Broyles
By ESPN.com staff
The House of Pain countdown is complete, and Texas' 15-14 season-ending win over Arkansas in 1969 (with President Richard Nixon in the stands) gets the nod as the most painful outcome in college football history.
Frank Broyles, Arkansas' legendary coach, has still not watched a replay from that game to this day. The Hogs led 14-0, but the Longhorns rallied on the strength of wishbone quarterback James Street's improbable fourth-down pass to set up the winning touchdown.
Alabama was involved in three of the top 10 most painful outcomes:
No. 9: Auburn beat Alabama 17-16 in 1972 in the "Punt Bama Punt" game. Auburn blocked two Alabama punts in the fourth quarter, returning them both for touchdowns to shock the No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide.
No. 6: Notre Dame beat Alabama 24-23 in the 1973 Sugar Bowl. To this day, Alabama fans replay that classic game and ask "What if?" The Irish escaped by completing a 36-yard pass out of their own end zone on third-and-9 with just over two minutes to play. The Notre Dame tight end that caught that ball, Robin Weber, hadn't caught a pass all season.
No. 2: Alabama beat Penn State 14-7 in the 1979 Sugar Bowl. Barry Krauss became an Alabama icon that night in the Superdome with his fourth-down stop of Penn State's Mike Guman inside the 1. It was a crushing defeat for the No. 1-ranked Nittany Lions and their legendary coach, Joe Paterno.