Michael Penix Jr threw a touchdown pass to Rome Odunze with less than two minutes in the game. As a result, Washington upsets Oregon in the latest game in their storied rivalry. On the other hand, Camden Lewis missed a field goal as the game ended.
Both teams entered the 115th meeting of the rivals ranked in the top 10. Also, the game featured two quarterbacks likely to be Heisman Trophy candidates: Penix and Bo Nix.
According to bookie pay per head reports, the rivalry between the two Pacific Northwest powers was billed as the largest and did not disappoint. This could be the first of two games between the rivals in their final season in the Pac-12. Both teams are leaving for the Big Ten in the coming year.
Washington Upsets Oregon
The conference championship game might be a rematch in Las Vegas. Also, the first half featured a lot of tension, mystery, and action. After Oregon failed on fourth down at the Washington 47, Penix only needed two plays to drive 53 yards. According to sportsbook reviews and news sites, Penix completed a 35-yard pass to Ja’Lynn Polk as he was sandwiched between two defenders. In addition, he found Odunze with a back-shoulder pass at the goal line, giving Washington (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) the lead.
According to bookie PPH blog sources, Penix’s second touchdown pass to Odunze, who finished with eight receptions for 128 yards, was to Odunze. Nix drove the Ducks (5-1, 2-1) to the Washington 25. Thus, they were 17 yards away from a field goal with 17 seconds left. After Nix’s next two throws sailed high and wide, and Lewis pushed the game-winning kick to the right, the purple-clad crowd flooded the field in frenzied celebration.
Oregon returned from an 11-point halftime hole to win 33-29 after a 10-yard TD run by Jordan James with 12:58 to play. Washington had three rush plays inside Oregon’s 2-yard line thwarted. With 6:33 remaining, on fourth-and-goal from the Ducks’ 1, Tybo Rogers was stopped short of the goal line by Taki Taimani and others.
Oregon converted two third downs, with one coming thanks to Troy Franklin’s 25-yard reception. Fourth-and-3 within the Ducks’ 20-yard line resulted in a loss of yardage as Washinton intercepted Nix’s ball to Tez Johnson. The Ducks failed to convert their fourth down opportunity for the third time. Also, they were all inside Washington’s 10-yard line.