Malcolm Jenkins feels your pain, Sooner Nation. And then some. The cornerback endured heartbreak in the national championship football game not once, but twice during his career at Ohio State. First came the throttling by Florida a couple years ago, then the beatdown by LSU. Even though Jenkins finished his Buckeye career last month with awards and accolades a plenty — he was in Oklahoma City on Monday night to formally accept the Thorpe Award — he still has to hear about those big-game busts. "Ohio State,” people will say, "y’all can’t win the big game.” "Well, you were watching me play in the big game,” Jenkins will reply, "so I’m not worried about it.” He chuckled at his retort, and yet, you have to think he’s used it a few more times than he cares to admit. "You’ve gotta be able to defend yourself,” he said. Buckeyes and Sooners have been on the defensive in recent years more than anyone else in college football. That’s because five of the past six BCS national championship games have been lost by either Ohio State or Oklahoma. They have been chastised and ridiculed, mocked and teased. About the only thing that saves one from being college football’s whipping boy is the other. Less than a week after Ohio State lost to Texas last month and suffered its third consecutive loss in a BCS bowl, OU lost to Florida and dropped its fifth in a row. Somewhere, Jim Tressel said a prayer of thanksgiving. Perhaps it figures that a Buckeye would come to the Sooner State to accept the Thorpe Award. Jenkins spurned the NFL and returned to school, in part, for this moment. He was a semifinalist for the Thorpe as a junior, and last year, when he announced he would return to Ohio State for his senior season, he had three reasons. Win a national title. Win a Big Ten title. Win the Thorpe. Jenkins managed to achieve two out of the three. The big prize went unattained. "But if I look back on my four years of college, I don’t regret anything,” Jenkins said. "I wouldn’t do anything different. Unfortunately, we didn’t win the big ones, but we definitely had some memories as far as those big games were concerned.” He admits those losses hurt. He knows he might even look back differently on his career if his final Buckeye memory was a title-game loss. "Luckily, it wasn’t my senior year that we didn’t win the national championship,” he said. "I always had in my mind, ‘Well, next year.’ ” The Sooner Nation knows that wait-until-next-year feeling all too well. "Oklahoma is definitely in the same boat we’re in,” Jenkins said. "They’ve been there ... but couldn’t win it. "But at the end of the day, everyone was watching them play.” That’s something both Sooner and Buckeye fans can take solace in. Whether they do is another story entirely.