Second Time Around…

With Oklahoma facing off against Clemson this year in the College Football Playoffs, it is lasts year’s game that is getting lots of attention.

In last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl, Clemson romped Oklahoma 40-6 (and was leading 40-0 after the 3rd quarter) and commentator’s were harsh in their criticism of Oklahoma (Clemson Blows Out Oklahoma).

This aside, it reminds me when I was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach of Penn State University – Beaver Campus and during the 2010-2011 season we beat Penn State University – Brandywine, 54-49, at home in a game were we were up by double digits throughout but let them creep back in it at the end.

We then went on to face them in our conference championship game at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. After leading by 10 points at the half and expanding our lead, Brandywine came all the way back to stun us, 57-54, and crush our seniors chances of winning four straight postseason conference championships. It was a heart breaking game as a coach, because I felt as though any adjustments I made to help our team keep momentum was futile. I could see the momentum slipping away but could not do much to help our cause.

I am not sure, maybe Brandywine used some external motivations as Oklahoma is using against Clemson (other than just wanting to win a championship, of course).

Do you recall any rivalries where team’s faced off against each other in the same season or in consecutive seasons that the outcome was different? The same? External motivations?

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