This blog post is going to be more emotional than analytic, since my analysis skills would probably take a hit right now after that Missouri loss. I wanted to share with everyone what Faurot Field felt like after losing 27-24 in 2OT against S. Carolina. I stood in the student section, in row 11 on Mizzou's bench, around the 35 yard line. It was a great game, and it seemed all but likely Mizzou was headed to 8-0. But this is more about the end. After the Gamecocks scored 17 unanswered to force the game into OT, both teams traded TDs to send it into double OT. S. Carolina scored a FG, meaning Mizzou needed a FG to tie, or a TD to win. Unfortunately, Andrew Baggett's kick bounced off the upright no good, giving Mizzou its first defeat. I wanted to look around the stadium after the game. I wanted to see everyone's face after that loss. Pure faces of shock, sadness, despair. You would have thought a family member of every person at that stadium had died on that field, however blunt that is. Everyone couldn't believe it. How does Missouri blow a 17-point lead to force the game into OT? How does Mizzou let S. Carolina score their first OT touchdown on 4th and 15? How does Baggett miss a 24-yard field goal off the upright? The crowd after the game was an experience I wanted to see, wanted to experience. I wanted to know how it felt first-hand to watch your team lose in such a terrible way. Now that I know, it's something I never want to experience again.
Grant Crouch is an upcoming sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He plans to become a sports journalist and started GDC Sports in 2013