As someone who was rooting to LSU, last night’s 21-0 loss to Alabama in the national championship game (ESPN, Wikipedia) was the most depressing football game I’ve ever seen. Alabama made 5 field goals (plus one missed one, and another one that was blocked) and while LSU’s defense kept them out of the end zone until 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the fact that they were able to attempt 7 field goals is an indication that their offense was just good enough.
Of course, the real fault was the LSU offense – the defense kept them in the game much longer than they deserved. Time after time they’d throw short-to-negative-yard passes and the Alabama defense would jump all over them. But the fact that they were in the game until the middle of the fourth quarter, yet could never score or even get close, made it all the more painful and depressing.
(the most devastating game I’ve ever seen, of course, is The Comeback, when the Houston Oilers were leading 35-3 in the third quarter and managed to lose. I watched the whole game and went to my room and cried after it was over…)