Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com
January 06, 2012

Our pal Justin Muchnick personally experienced the painful final moment in Arizona at the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. With a chance to reflect on the oh-so-sublime blend of anticipation, excitement, shock, and disappointment, our young scribe is somehow able to focus on what we can learn about the ebbs and flows of pigskin passion during our time on the planet.

The fact that a team with a 1-11 record has, just five seasons later, become a nationally-recognized powerhouse with back-to-back BCS Bowl appearances astounds me. Even though Oklahoma State ended up with the three-point victory that we deserved, the Stanford Cardinal put in an extremely valiant effort and played aggressive, hard-nosed, old-school football that stands unrivaled in a college football environment dominated by fast-paced, flashy offenses.


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