For the USC Trojans, the final episode of a disappointing 2012 season ended with a whimper when Trojan quarterback Max Wittek's fourth-down pass settled harmlessly on the turf in Notre Dame's end zone as the fourth quarter wound down.
The pass not only ended the game—it ended the hopes of fans who were desperate to salvage some joy from this season.
In this season, everything that could go wrong did for a team with such high expectations.
Now, the Trojans will spend the next couple of weeks awaiting news of what inconsequential bowl game they will participate in and doing whatever they can to preserve their stellar 2013 recruiting class.
And while they are performing these two exercises, they can ponder how so much promise for a season resulted in so much failure.
This slideshow will avoid looking at the "big picture" and instead will focus on the Trojans' abysmal performance against the Fighting Irish in a game that USC lost 22-13.
In preserving a "dream season" for Notre Dame that they hoped to claim for themselves, the Trojans had few winners and many losers in this game.
I tried unsuccessfully to find some winners but only found a bevy of losers.
And here they are...