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Brabbs splits the uprights in second chance

Updated: August 31, 2002, 7:21 PM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Philip Brabbs did everything he could not to look.

He trained his eyes squarely on the practice net on the Michigan sidelines as the clock ticked under a minute. His teammates were crushed after kicking partner and close friend Troy Nienberg had botched a 27-yarder to win. Can't look at them.

The scoreboard read Washington 29, Michigan 28. It also mistakenly (but appropriately) read 2nd Down and 47 to go from the 50. Can't look at that. He closed his eyes, breathed ...

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