Maybe the University of Houston's players and coaches will need a few days to get their minds around all that had been lost. At some point, they'll understand it wasn't just a game.
They seemed more dazed than disappointed. Their voices were flat, their words hollow. Until Saturday, this UH season had been the stuff of dreams. And it all disappeared during a flurry of turnovers, dropped passes and missed tackles.
In a game that could have meant so much to the program, school and long-suffering fans, the Coogs barely showed up. There's no way to measure the true cost of a 49-28 loss to Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA championship game in front of 32,413 at Robertson Stadium.
"It's very devastating,'' UH quarterback Case Keenum said. "We let it slip away."