One second is all that separated the undefeated Big East Champion Cincinnati Bearcats from the National Title game. Just one second. The Bearcats finished the season with a #3 BCS ranking and a matchup with the Florida Gators in the 71st Sugar Bowl.
The Bearcats did everything that they could this season to bring their program into national prominence but it all came down to the Nebraska Huskers vs. the Texas Longhorns. How bad is Nebraska's offense? Wow, just terrible. Which is such a shame because their defense was really dominating that game. Nebraska only managed 5 first downs in that game and 106 yards of total offense. Texas didn't do much better on offensive yards but got them when they needed. After Nebraska went up 12-10 in the 4th quarter with 1:44 to go Nebraska did the unthinkable and kicked the kickoff out of bounds. That gave Texas the ball on the 40 yard line. After a horsecollar penalty the Longhorns were now in field goal range with time counting down. Texas lined up with the clock running and snapped the ball and scrambled with time running. McCoy released the ball and the ball hit a luxury box railing with 1 second left. The rule states the clock runs until it hits something. So Texas drilled the field goal and drilled the Bearcats chances of a National Title shot.
Despite falling short of a National Title shot the Cincinnati football program has come such a long way since the days of empty stadiums and mediocre scheduling. Everyone felt like last year was a shock with the Bearcats playing an a BCS bowl, the result of a talented group of seniors and a down conference year. But I think they proved their critics wrong by coming back this year with a new defense and a fairly new team and running the table. Now they can really prove something by defeated defending champ Florida Gators. The Gators held the #1 spot in the polls for most of the season, if you want to be the best you have to beat the best. And I kind of think they can do it!