Photos: The pain and drama of bowl games

Losing. It hurts. Especially to end the season, and especially on a major stage.

That's what dozens of players and coaches learned this December and January, as 35 teams fell short of their bowl-winning goal.

So, with bowl season officially over after Alabama's thumping 42-14 win over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game, Playbook and the aptly named Tumblr "The Agony of Defeat" now bring you a collection of dramatic photos showing the pain of losing in college football's postseason.

Check them out:

Sun Bowl: USC Trojans

Outback Bowl: Michigan Wolverines

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners

Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois Huskies

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers

Sugar Bowl: Florida Gators

Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats

BCS National Championship Game: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

(We'll let the photos do the talking.)

To see more photos like this, visit The Agony of Defeat on Tumblr.