12-2 will feel better in time

The Swarm takes the field back in October at Kinnick Stadium. (Photo by Todd Mizener / tmizener@qconline.com)

The Swarm takes the field back in October at Kinnick Stadium. (Photo by Todd Mizener / tmizener@qconline.com)

In 1986 we sat in the Rose Bowl dumbfounded at Ronnie Harmon fumbling 4 times and dropping a sure touchdown in the end zone. Chuck Long got sacked 4 times and the Hawkeyes lost to UCLA 45-28.

But unlike today it always felt like at any minute the game would flip in their favor. 2016 Rose Bowl the Hawkeyes ran into a team which, sans an early season loss to Northwestern, is clearly on par with Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.

Iowa had a great year. It was a mix of skill, guts and luck. Today, they were out skilled, out toughed and couldn’t catch a break if it was handled to them. The thing that makes me mad about this horrible loss is that they didn’t play like the team we watched all year but then again they didn’t play anyone as good as Stanford all season.

To make matters worse today we had to endure Brent Musburger narrate the entire debacle. In the end the journey to 12-2 was pretty damn good, despite the disappointing final act.

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