The Oct. 17 Big Ten game between Michigan and Michigan State was all but over. The Wolverines were up 23-21 with 10 seconds left. The game was finished; the Paul Bunyan Trophy was already headed toward or in Michigan's locker room, according to reports.
The Wolverines had the ball on fourth down in a one-step-and-punt situation.
But then the carpet was rolled out underneath Michigan's Blake O'Neill. The ball, looking like a hot potato in O'Neill's limp arms, plummeted to the ground.
As the ball rolled on the carpet for a few seconds, smeared with sweat and turf beads, soon rolled out the hate mail, the death threats and the negative salutes to Michigan's No. 12 player -- the guy who made the costly mistake.
No fans were laughing at this gaffe.