(I'm still too used to thinking of that in "Almost Like a Win" terms :sad:)
Here she is folks the Top 5.
Most Painful Losses, 2000-2009 (Part 5) Wide Right & Natty Light
There is no excuse for that game coming down to field goals, or going to overtime. None.
As painful as the Missouri loss was, I think there's a wide swath between Nos. 1 and 2.
The list was well-done — I might've put the 49-3 OU loss in the top five, but otherwise pretty dead-on. Hopefully the list will exorcise the demons of the '00s for ISU fans.
Next week's list should be a little more pleasurable to read :yes:
I think the top 2 games you guys picked are the correct ones.
Some argue about which should be #1, but I think you picked the correct #1.
The fact that the 2005 KU loss was the 2nd straight folly in basically an identical situation makes it unbearable. I was so ****** ticked off after that '05 KU loss that I swore off Cyclone fooball. (but I came back of course) No way we should have lost to KU. We were clearly the superior team.
That game probably sealed Mac's fate. And its the main reason I was in favor of his dismissal.
During the KU game a friend of mine called me and asked if I wanted to join a group going down to KC for the B12 championship. We were both so confident in our chances. I was pumped.
That one stung.
Adding to the disparity between those two games:
1. The '05 team probably should have sealed the deal even before that game (pick any 1 of the other 3 losses) but still got one final shot, and blew that, too.
2. With the exception of the Colorado win, there was no close-call win in '05. In 2004, the Baylor or KU games could have easily gone the other way, and the Missouri game would have been simply playing for a bowl.
3. Missouri never trailed in the '04 game, and we were fortunate to get that late turnover to have a shot. ISU was in control of the KU game well into the second half, couldn't mount a drive after holding KU on downs late and had that goal-line stop ruled a TD. Even another FG sometime in the second half might have just clinched it before the drama had a chance to unfold.