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    Poll: What Is WVU’s Most Heartbreaking Loss Ever?
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    #92257

    Nice list, but there are so many more that could vie for votes:

    The 1958 NCAA first-round loss to Manhattan, when WVU entered the tourney ranked No. 1

    The 2003 FB game at Miami (Kellen Winslow Jr.’s fourth-down catch to negate Quincy Wilson’s run)

    Marvin Graves.

    The blown 18-point lead in the final four minutes against top-ranked UMass in the Coliseum.

    And quite a few late-season defeats from the 1920s through last November that cost WVU major bowl bids.

     

    #92259

    Football:  13-9

    Basketball:  NCAA Final against Cal.

    Baseball:  TAM

    Rifle:  2018,  the most talented college rifle team in history.

    Women’s  soccer:  NCAA Final

    #92262

    Gom66 pretty much nailed it for those sports.

    Long-suffering WVU fans (card-carrying member since 1960) can play the heartbreak game all day.

    Up 14 with 2:45 to go in the Phog and the Jayhawk fans walking out. That scar won’t heal until WVU finally wins one in Lawrence.

    Kenton Paulino’s last-second 3 over Frank Young’s fingertips.

    Luken Baker’s moon shot at the Brickyard in the Big XII baseball final.

    Up 13-0 at Pitt (AP No. 2, UPI No. 1) in the fourth quarter in ’82 before losing 16-13 as Woody’s potential game-tying FG falls inches short.

     

     

    #92263

    Next in FB – 1989 Fiesta Bowl loss to No 1 ND

    we were ranked No 3

    NC game!

    #92265

    How in hell did I forget that game…LOL

    #92266

    Good list … I was 9 when we lost to Cal by one point …. cried over that one

    #92267

    Think we had lost Vincent before the Jasper game!?

    #92294

    All great memories of awful moments. Donnie Vincent broke his leg in the Southern Conference tournament in 1958. Many believe that 1957-58 squad was the best one at WVU ever, better even than the one that played for the national championship the next season. But without Vincent, and with Jerry West fouling out with just 10 points and four rebounds, WVU got bounced by Manhattan in the first round of the NCAA Tourney.

    #92299

    13-9 was bad yes but Rod had his head in the clouds. I am sure a few players heard through the rumor mill Michigan was interested and Rod was leaving. Wanny finally figured out you didn’t need to run faster just stay in your lanes and the run pass option was taken away.

    I see the blocked punt by Miami with 27 seconds left with the no call on off sides and forward lateral as a heart breaker.

     

    #92300

    The Miami blocked punt game ranks pretty high for me!     I will never forget the eerie feeling when the block happened and you could hear a PIN drop in the stadium!!   To this day I still can’t believe they never called the illegal forward lateral on Mack!

    Another sickening loss was in Indianapolis against PUKE in the Final Four 2010- when DeSean got his knee taken out!!   I had to physically restrain my 8 year old son who wanted to run down and on the court to “Kick that official in the nuts!” for not making the call.    When I later told Huggs about that .. he told me .. “Hell, I would have paid your bail!”   LOL.

    I would agree though on the 13-9 being the all time worst as that GAVE  LSU the NC!!   With the team we had, we would have taken down the Buckeyes handily .. but alas, we never got that chance…

     

     

     

    #92301

    Biggest heartbreak (because of the sudden swing) was losing to Miami after going ahead after Quincy bulldozed that ‘Cane DB. Toughest, though, was losing to ND in the Fiesta Bowl. That was a national championship if Major doesn’t play the game with a dislocated shoulder. 13-9 was weird because it felt like the Twilight Zone all night.

    #92329

    The bad memories keep flowing back.

    There was the ECAC Southern tournament at the Coliseum in 1975 … WVU, leading by one, was 10 seconds away from its first NCAA berth in eight years when Earnie Hall bricked the front end of what might have been a game-clinching one-and-one. The Hoyas rebounded and Derrick Jackson hit the shot to give John Thompson his first tourney bid as a coach.

    1992 … the last FB game vs. Penn State to date. WVU is poised for the go-ahead TD deep in the fourth quarter when Rodney Woodard fumbles at the goal line. The Nittanies go the length of the field to take the lead, then get a pick-six to win by 14.

    TCU taking advantage of a busted coverage for a 90+ yard TD pass to send the 2012 game into OT, then winning on a controversial two-point conversion. Along with the Marvin Graves game and the 1970 Pitt comeback, that’s as angry as I’ve been after a defeat (I refuse to dwell upon 13-9, and was pretty much over Sunday’s baseball game by the time that second grand slam landed — assuming it has landed by now).

    #92346

    Guys, I thought I had finally came to grips with those losses. I can see more therapy is still needed 🙁

     

    #92462

    Biggest heartbreak (because of the sudden swing) was losing to Miami after going ahead after Quincy bulldozed that ‘Cane DB. Toughest, though, was losing to ND in the Fiesta Bowl. That was a national championship if Major doesn’t play the game with a dislocated shoulder. 13-9 was weird because it felt like the Twilight Zone all night.

    I agree on the heartbreaking Miami loss. And on the Notre Dame loss as toughest, in a tie with the 1959 NCAA loss to California.

    Many tough and heartbreaking losses, but we’ve also enjoyed a few where WVU snatched victory from the the jaws of defeat (1994 Pitt) and several huge upsets that we glory in (three BCS games) (Kentucky 2010).

    #92514

    I agree on the heartbreaking Miami loss. And on the Notre Dame loss as toughest, in a tie with the 1959 NCAA loss to California.

    Many tough and heartbreaking losses, but we’ve also enjoyed a few where WVU snatched victory from the the jaws of defeat (1994 Pitt) and several huge upsets that we glory in (three BCS games) (Kentucky 2010).

     

    OMG, who can forget the loss to sPITT (at old sPITT stadium) where we were ahead and lost momentum and they beat us on a deep pass …   I will never forget the following year, Dennis Brown came and met with our MAC County Committee ..and some dipstick asked him about it  — Dennis’ eyes narrowed and said “Look, if we had not been on Astroturf and I could have dug a F’n hole and climbed into it  — I would have!!  that is a STUPID QUESTION!”    All the rest of us almost fell out of our chairs laughing because this one member was the KING of stupid statements/questions.

    #92533

    It’s like being married to the prettiest girl and you find out she’s fooling around on you with your best friend but you stick with her anyway. Continually getting your heart ripped out of your chest over and over. Year in and Year out I have to wonder if were the Buffalo Bills of college football. When having a shot we come up on the short end.

    Now we can add baseball to the list.

    Who could ever forget blowing a 31-9 lead against Pitt, in the 4th quarter. This one is close to having a 9-1 lead and lose control of the game then serving up a grand slam with 3-2 count and 2 outs. Except 1 was a tie and one was a win.

    Sept. 30, 1989
    Pitt 31, WVU 31

    The Panthers entered the game 3-0 and ranked in the Top 10, but were in danger of getting blown out as the Mountaineers took a 31-9 lead and held it into the fourth quarter. But Alex Van Pelt led Pitt on a furious comeback, and Pitt earned a tie when Ed Frazier connected on a 42-yard field goal as time expired.

     

     

    #92576

    I have grieved through most of the heartbreakers listed – in fact have grieved to the point of having family and friends avoid me for a day or two until my wild eyed frenzy and lashing out at the slightest attempt at human contact had passed.  But I think the one that affected me the worst was that damned blocked punt by Miami in 1996.

    We had a cat that loved to lay in front of the TV and watch football or really any sport where there was frequent movement to hold his attention.  Now mind you, in 1996 I still had one of those TVs with the actual picture tube.  I was under the weather with a touch of the flu to begin with, so I was already less than in my top form, so to speak.  And having the flu, I was pushing the old liquids in the form of a large tumbler of iced tea.  When Miami block that punt, I sailed that tumbler right at the TV breaking that picture tube with the resulting bang that sounded like a shot going off in the house.  Not only did it cost me a new TV, but that cat was never the same after that.  He disappeared for 2 days – we still don’t know where the hell he hid, but we literally didn’t see him for 2 days.  And that ended his TV watching days – from then on, when ever he walked by the TV when it was on, he would hiss and snarl.

    #92579

    That hiss and snarl is what I’m doing when we lose a game. I have learned to have a soft pillow to toss at the TV. It’s a money saver. But I do say It’s gotten easier to get over losses such as that. After a few hours I’m fine. Hope it’s not because I’ve grown use to it.

    #92616

    I voted the pitt game that IMO, was thrown. Still angers me, don’t want to talk about it. Won’t change my mind. Ever. So yeah, I was sucked in.

    That said, tired of discussing such stuff. It’s not only depressing, it’s a defeatist mentality. For losers. Licking their wounds. Sulking. Expecting more of the same.

    Sorry Greg, and certainly no offense intended. This stuff though, attracts Mountaineer fans like a strong electromagnet attracts iron shavings from a few inches away.

    I prefer to have a more positive outlook. Even when it’s cloudy. That’s certainly more healthy–not to mention more attractive to young recruits to a school that’s got a LOT going for it.

    The sun WILL eventually come out! If in doubt though (as from a dark cave), there is always the law of averages.

    Shalom.

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