From Zion Williamson taking the college basketball world by storm to Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald completing his revenge tour by winning the DI cross country individual title at his home course, 2018 has given sports fans plenty to talk about. 

But besides outstanding performances, there’s something particularly special about a comeback. It produces a roller coaster of emotions — heartbreak for one side, elation for the other and a glimmer of hope to the teams and fans who don’t know if they have enough time to turn around their own games.

Here are the best college sports comebacks 2018 gifted us:

Drexel makes the biggest comeback in men’s basketball history

Drexel’s Feb. 22 game against Delaware may have ended with a close 85-83 final score … but the game has a much more interesting story than a 2-point difference.

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Drexel completed the biggest comeback in DI men’s basketball history after rallying from a whopping 34-point deficit. 

The Dragons scored 56 points in the second half to break the record that stood for 67 years. They held the Blue Hens to just 27 points of their own in the second half to pull off the feat. The previous record was from the 1950 season when Duke battled back with 32 points to defeat Tulane.

Oregon State rallies down to the final out in Game 2 before winning Game 3 in the CWS

Arkansas looked like they were going to take the Game 2 win right down to the last at-bat. What the Razorbacks didn’t know was Oregon State’s Cadyn Grenier was up next, and something spectacular was about to happen. Grenier’s hit down the right field line went uncaught by the Razorbacks, giving him a chance to tie the game. Then Trevor Larnach hit a homer, adding two more Beavers runs to the total. Oregon State got its last-second win, forcing a Game 3 that it would also take.

Nevada takes down Cincinnati in the second round of March Madness

This year’s March Madness was everything a Wolfpack fan could ask for. After opening the game down 10-0, Nevada rallied from 22 points behind the No. 2 Cincinnati to reach the Sweet 16 for only the second time in school history.

Eric Musselman kept his team confident and calm throughout the meeting, making sure they would get a chance to fight for a shot in the next round. By halftime, Cincinnati was up 44-32 on Nevada, and had increased their lead to 65-43 with just over 11 minutes left. But that’s when the magic started to happen. Cody Martin played a big role in the comeback, starting with a layup and ending with a three-pointer with just 54.1 seconds left. A final jump shot attempt by Martin didn’t go, but teammate Josh Hall got the rebound and a jumper of his own with only 9.1 seconds left on the clock. The Bearcats didn’t have enough time to take back control, and the Wolfpack walked away with the 75-73 win.

They’ve kept that momentum going and are now ranked No. 6 in the nation. Do the Wolfpack have what it takes to make another tournament run in 2019?

Notre Dame rallies from 15-down to beat Mississippi State for the national title

The Fighting Irish went into the locker room with just 17 points to Mississippi State’s 30 by the end of the first half. Muffet McGraw must have reminded them that anything was possible after Arike Ogunbowale’s buzzer-beater to top UConn en route to the national championship. 

Notre Dame stepped up its game in the second half, but still had a deficit to come back from. The Irish went on a 16-1 run to close the third quarter at a 41-41 tie. After back-and-fourth play, Notre Dame and Mississippi State found themselves tied once more, at 58-58, with just 40.1 second left. Then again, with the help of Arike Ogunbowale, they pulled off the win. A last-second buzzer-beater completed the 15-point comeback to mark Notre Dame’s first national championship since 2001. 

Notre Dame is currently ranked No. 2 by the AP, right behind UConn. Will it have what it takes to go back-to-back this March?

Virginia scores 8 points in 7 seconds for comeback over Louisville