If it's allowed, I'd like to count the streak to end the 2012 season altogether, Hogan coming in against CU, the tough win at home against OSU to keep it alive, the upset of UO to take the lead in the division, and the back-to-back defeats of UCLA to get into and then win the CCG. It seemed like a ridiculous idea at the start of the CU game, but after it was more and more possible.
I'll allow it. I was at that CU game, assumed we'd win easily, and was getting frustrated at Nunes's inability to get the offense moving against a pretty lackluster defense. And then Kevin Hogan came in and I thought, "hey, maybe we have something here." Did we ever.
The 2016 Rose Bowl is a special one, though all the personal delight I was experiencing was tempered a bit because I was in the stands next to my wife (an Iowa grad). For one, I love my wife and it felt weird to exult while she was becoming more and more miserable. More than that, though, as the game went on, I was told in no uncertain terms that the greater the beatdown, the larger and more expensive the jewelry I would need to buy to make up for it.