The UConn Huskies escaped with a one-point win over the Baylor Lady Bears thanks (in part) to a non-call on a possible shot-clock violation with six seconds left (because it was also thanks in large part to a rally from eight points down with less than seven minutes to play). But they'll take it and keep their epic streak alive with their 80th straight win, just like these guys took it and kept their epic streaks alive:
UCLA men's basketball (88-game streak, January 30, 1971 - January 19, 1974)
The Bruins' 88-game run is a number within reach of these Huskies. But while UConn's one-point win over Baylor is by far their closest call during their 80-game run, UCLA actually pulled out two one-point wins. The first was on December 12th, 1971 when Oregon couldn't hold a 68-63 lead with 2:30 remaining and lost 69-68. (The winning points came on a steal and layup by Henry Bibby with 43 seconds left.) It was just the third win of their streak.
Their other one-point win came on December 1, 1973, when they beat Maryland 65-64 at Pauley Pavilion. The Terps trailed 65-57 before closing the game on a 7-0 run. And with 20 seconds left, John Lucas had a shot at the end to win it for Maryland, but Dave (Spider) Meyers came up with the strip as the clock was running out. It was the 77th win of their streak.
Oklahoma football (47-game streak, October 10, 1953 - November 9, 1957)
On October 26, 1957, the Sooners trailed Colorado 13-7 in the fourth quarter when they converted a fourth-and-1 at Buffs' 44. It kept alive a drive that was capped by an 8-yard touchdown run by Clendon Thomas. Carl Dodd booted the PAT for the 14-13 lead. And in a game when the Sooners weren't able to complete a single pass, they were able to run out the clock and secure the 45th win of their streak.
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More from The Rundown, including the worst miss ever (and the worst save ever and the worst best save ever), and where you can enroll to properly train for the hot dog eating contest in July, after the jump.
After an early lunch (on the east coast, or a regular breakfast out west), enjoy watching a day of delicious international football matchups. And to whet your appetite, enjoy watching the worst miss ever, then the worst save ever, then the worst best save ever. Hopefully, none of those will be repeated (unless you like that sort of thing).
Argentina vs Brazil, 11:55 AM ET on ESPN2, ESPN3.com & ESPN Deportes
Perhaps the best rivalry in international soccer resumes in Qatar. (Wait, where?) Although both lost in the quarterfinals in South Africa, these two have combined to win 7 of the 19 World Cups (see: Brazil - 5, and Argentina - 2). At the moment, Brazil is ranked first overall in ESPN's Soccer Power Index, while Argentina is fifth. But head-to-head, Brazil is 4-0-1 in their last 5 meetings (since 2005).
South Africa vs United States, 2 ET on ESPN2 & ESPN3.com
It's the last game of the year for the United States, which returns to South Africa for the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town. The USA!USA!USA! is 4-5-4 in 2010, and hasn't had a losing record in a calendar year since 1997.
England vs France, 3 ET
The 1966 World Cup winners (England) host 1998 winners (France) at Wembley Stadium in London. Head-to-head, France is 3-0-1 in their last 4 meetings, and England hasn't won since 1997. Yet England is 8-1-3 against France at home, but France won their last match in England (see: 2-0 in 1999). At the moment, England is sixth in ESPN's Soccer Power Index, and France is 23rd.
Portugal vs Spain, 3:55 ET on ESPN3.com & ESPN Deportes
Cristiano Ronaldo (and his mohawk) welcome the reigning World Cup champions (Spain) to Lisbon. Remember, Spain's run to the championship in South Africa included vuvuzelas and a 1-0 win over Portugal in the Round of 16. But Spain is winless in its last 8 games against Portugal in Lisbon, and hasn't won there since 1934. (Since you asked, Spain is third in ESPN's Soccer Power Index, and Portugal is 8th.)
Argentina-Brazil Preview | England-France Preview | Portugal-Spain Preview
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