Non-AQ House of Pain

Welcome to the non-AQ House of Pain. There are lots of torturous memories here that our main list has not featured. Stay tuned for Friday, when selected reader House of Pain memories will be posted here. There is still time to chime in.

But beware as you enter. These are still as heartbreaking as ever.


Georgia 48, Boise State 13, Sept. 3, 2005

The Broncos went into the season ranked No. 18, the first time they ever had a preseason ranking. Then they went ahead and got embarrassed, ruining their credibility as a legitimate contender for several years. It was just their fourth loss in 43 games.


UTEP 23, BYU 16, Oct. 26, 1985

The defending national champion Cougars came into the game ranked No. 7 behind Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Robbie Bosco. But they somehow lost to one of the worst teams in the country. UTEP ended the season 1-10 in what stands as one of the greatest upsets in college football history.


USC 50, Fresno State 42, Nov. 19, 2005

Fresno State led 42-41 with 9:47 remaining in what was shaping up to be a gigantic upset of Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and company in Los Angeles. But USC answered when LenDale White scored on a 2-yard run with 6:22 left to keep the Trojans unbeaten. Fresno State ended the year with four straight losses.


Notre Dame 35, Houston 34, 1979 Cotton Bowl

An ailing Joe Montana made his legend in this game, rallying the Irish from a 34-12 fourth-quarter deficit on a cold, icy, windy day in Dallas. Montana hit Kris Haines with an 8-yard TD pass with no time left, walk-on Joe Unis made the extra point and Mr. Comeback was born.


Southern Mississippi 40, TCU 28, Nov. 20, 2003

The Horned Frogs went into the game 10-0 and ranked No. 8 in the BCS standings. They needed to stay undefeated to be the first BCS buster. Instead, they found themselves trailing 31-6 before a late rally came up short.


BYU 33, Utah 31, Nov. 25, 2006

“Beck to Harline.” The Cougars rallied for their first win over Utah in five seasons when John Beck threw an 11-yard TD pass to Jonny Harline with no time left. That score came after Utah seemingly sealed it with 1:19 remaining when Brett Ratliff threw a 19-yard TD to Brent Casteel.


BYU 46, SMU 45. 1980 Holiday Bowl

SMU led 45-25 with three minutes left in the game behind Craig James and Eric Dickerson. But in one of the wildest finishes in college football history, Jim McMahon led the Cougars to 21 points in the final 2:35 and won it on a Hail Mary to Clay Brown.


Alabama 24, Southern Mississippi 20, Sept. 9, 1995

Southern Mississippi held a 20-17 lead with 17 seconds remaining over No. 13. Alabama. Facing fourth-and-16, ‘Bama quarterback Brian Burgdorf threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Toderick Malone, giving the Tide the victory.