Well, yeah, that kinda sucked. It's one thing to play your best game and come up short against a damn good team. It's an entirely different animal to shoot yourself in each foot, your left knee, your right elbow, your shoulder, and your big toe, leaving you completely bloodied and barely functioning... but with enough of a pulse to give you hope that, hey, THIS MIGHT STILL WORK OUT!
It did not work out. You simply cannot commit that many crippling penalties - especially when two of them DIRECTLY prevent turnovers. You can't drop gimme interceptions - especially when they throw for a joke of a touchdown on the following play. You can't have your offensive line get beasted up front - especially when that's supposed to be one of the strengths of your program. We made about as many boneheaded mistakes as you can make, and STILL had the ball down a touchdown with a chance for a miraculous comeback.
Let's give credit where credit is due (because it wasn't all bad): Stave played as well as he has all year. He was making throws all over the field against what is supposedly one of the best secondaries in the nation. Abby showed why he should have a solid NFL career. Borland proved why he's my current favorite Badger and one of the very best linebackers in the country.
I could go on, but the fact remains that unless OSU loses twice and we win out, our 3 year run in Pasadena will be coming to an end. Unfortunate, but it had to end sometime. And with a bye this week, it's time for you to shoot me some questions for a good old fashioned MAILBAG. If you're new here, questions can literally be about anything and everything. Check here and here for some examples from last year. Email me, hit me up on Twitter, or leave a comment below with your questions. The sooner you get your question in, the better. Thanks.
PS - All my fault: