When reviewing any close finish, one specific play cannot be labeled the only reason for a loss. In a 60-minute—or more—contest, mistakes are scattered throughout the game. But when the clock is running down and someone messes up, it sure feels like a single error might have changed the outcome.
After enduring crushing losses in Week 8, fans of Ole Miss and Penn State know exactly the feeling. Their favorite teams snatched defeats from the jaws of victory.
Mississippi's loss to Auburn is a good example of an early problem leading to a late disaster.
While leading 28-27 in the fourth quarter, Ole Miss appeared to recover a deflected kickoff in the end zone for a touchdown.