In a thrilling Pac-12 Championship Game rematch, the No. 3 Washington Huskies defeated the No. 5 Oregon Ducks 34-31, clinching their third conference title in the last four years. The game was a see-saw affair, with both teams trading blows throughout the night.
Huskies Take Early Lead
Washington took an early lead in the game, scoring a touchdown on their first possession. The Huskies’ offense was clicking, and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was playing at a high level. Oregon responded with a field goal, but the Huskies extended their lead to 10-3 in the second quarter.
Ducks Make a Comeback
Oregon rallied in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points to take a 24-10 lead. The Ducks’ offense was finally finding its rhythm, and quarterback Bo Nix was making big plays. However, the Huskies refused to go away.
Huskies Finish Strong
Washington scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to cut Oregon’s lead to 24-20. The Huskies then forced a turnover and drove down the field for another touchdown to take a 27-24 lead. Oregon responded with a field goal to make it 27-27, but the Huskies had one more answer.
Penix Jr. Leads Huskies to Victory
Penix Jr. threw a touchdown pass with just over a minute left in the game to give the Huskies a 34-27 lead. Oregon made one last drive, but they couldn’t quite get into the end zone. The Huskies held on for the 34-31 victory.
Penix Jr. Named Player of the Game
Penix Jr. was named the Pac-12 Championship Game Most Valuable Player. He completed 30 of his 41 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 26 yards.
Huskies Win Third Pac-12 Title in Four Years
The victory was Washington’s third Pac-12 title in the last four years. The Huskies have now won six Pac-12 championships in school history.
Oregon Ducks Disappointed
The loss was a disappointing end to the season for the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks were hoping to win their first Pac-12 championship since 2019.
What’s Next for Oregon and Washington?
Both Oregon and Washington are expected to be invited to the Big Ten Conference. The Ducks and Huskies will begin Big Ten play in the 2024 season.