A little Wednesday Schadenfreude for my fellow Michigan fans.
Nittany White Out is calling the 2005 Michigan win over PSU at the Big House #1 in The Ten Worst Moments of the Decade That Was
Here's the excerpt:
1. October 15, 2005 – PSU loses to Michigan
As time expired, Chad Henne threw a dart to Mario Manningham for a TD to give then #8 Penn State its only loss in a magical 2005 season, 27-25. It was Michigan’s 7th straight win over the Nittany Lions.
“That’s as wild a game as I’ve ever been in – just unbelieveable, said Michigan coach Lloyd Carr about the game. “It was a great football game. Our kids hung in there,” said Joe Paterno. “I’m proud of them. I’m disappointed for them.”
It was truly an epic game. Unfortunately the heart-breaking ending was not the one Nittany Lions fans hoped for. Both teams came from behind. Both teams scored TDs in the final minute to take the lead. The two teams combined for 39 4th quarter points after scoring only 13 in the first 3 quarters.
There were positive memories, like Michael Robinson’s first of two TD runs, Alan Zemaitis’ fumble return for a TD, and Kevin Kelly’s two point conversion run (all of which happened in 17 seconds). There was the 13 play, 81 yard drive in the final 4 minutes where Robinson converted on a 4th and 7 to sustain the drive.
But there were things we would like to forget – the last second TD to Manningham, kicking the ball off to Steve Breaston in the final minute, and a mysterious 2 seconds that were added back to the clock on the last drive. [Devon: that were suspiciously tacked on only after Lloyd Carr started bitching to known Michigan homer/referee Dave Witvoet. But this isn't my article]
For me, Penn State losses always sting. But the reason I chose this as the Bottom Moment of the last 10 years was that Penn State played well and, for a variety of reasons, did not deserve to lose that game. Yet they did, in gut-wrenching fashion, and it cost them a chance at the national championship.