This didn’t have to happen.
This is the way the game ends.
Not with a bang, or a game-tying field goal attempt that prolongs play long enough for someone to win later in overtime, but with Cincinnati quarterback Hayden Moore trying with bravado to not get sacked before throwing an ill-advised shovel pass that gave SMU the ball back.
The sad thing is...he could have just taken the sack.
That is how you lose a football game.