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Pac 12 Championship: Washington 34, Oregon 31

College Football(AP Photo/David Becker)

By MARK ANDERSON
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS - Michael Penix Jr. passed for 319 yards and a touchdown, Dillon Johnson ran for 152 yards and two TDs and No. 3 Washington wrapped up a spot in the College Football Playoff, beating No. 5 Oregon 34-31 in the Pac-12 Championship.

The game was likely the final Pac-12 Championship given 10 of the 12 teams will be playing in different conferences next season. Only Oregon State and Washington State will remain as they try to find a way to keep the tradition-rich conference together in some form.

Washington (13-0) was the last Pac-12 team to make the CFP - in the 2016 season.

The Huskies, who were 9 1/2-point underdogs, scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 34-24 lead. Oregon (11-2) scored a late touchdown for the final score, but failed to recover the onside kick, ending the Ducks' six-game winning streak.

Two Washington receivers had more than 100 yards - Jalen McMillan (nine receptions for 131 yards) and Biletnikoff finalist Rome Odunze (eight for 102) who was returning to his hometown.

Oregon's Bo Nix, the favorite entering the game to win the Heisman Trophy according to FanDuel Sportsbook, passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 69 yards.

If it was indeed the final title game for the conference, it was quite a way to go as Oregon and Washington again played a high-scoring game with big plays throughout. The Huskies won their regular-season meeting 36-33 in Seattle.

Washington took a 20-3 lead before the Ducks scored a touchdown with nine seconds left to get to within 10 points.

That score got Oregon going, converting two fourth downs on the opening drive of the second, including a 2-yard touchdown from Nix to tight end Terrance Ferguson to get within three points. The Ducks took the lead at 24-20 with 1:51 left in the third quarter on Jordan James' 6-yard TD run.

The lead didn't last long as Washington scored on its next drive to take the lead for good.

This is the second time both teams have been ranked in the top 10 when they have played each other. The other time was the first meeting this season.

Washington improved to 3-0 in the Pac-12 Championship; Oregon is 4-2.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Washington athletics press release

December 1, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OregonWash
Wash FG 7:34 Grady Gross 38 yard field goal 0 3
Wash TD 3:46 Dillon Johnson 5 yard TD run (Grady Gross Extra Point) 0 10
Second Quarter OregonWash
Oregon FG 8:46 Camden Lewis 36 yard field goal 3 10
Wash TD 6:48 Germie Bernard 4 yard TD pass from Dillon Johnson (Grady Gross Extra Point) 3 17
Wash FG 1:39 Grady Gross 37 yard field goal 3 20
Oregon TD 0:09 Terrance Ferguson 2 yard TD pass from Bo Nix (Camden Lewis Extra Point) 10 20
Third Quarter OregonWash
Oregon TD 9:39 Terrance Ferguson 2 yard TD pass from Bo Nix (Camden Lewis Extra Point) 17 20
Oregon TD 1:51 Jordan James 6 yard TD run (Camden Lewis Extra Point) 24 20
Fourth Quarter OregonWash
Wash TD 12:23 Dillon Johnson 1 yard TD run (Grady Gross Extra Point) 24 27
Wash TD 2:44 Quentin Moore 2 yard TD pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Grady Gross Extra Point) 24 34
Oregon TD 2:14 Traeshon Holden 63 yard TD pass from Bo Nix (Camden Lewis Extra Point) 31 34
Team Stats
  Oregon Washington
First downs 17 26
  Rushing 5 9
  Passing 11 15
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 3-10, 30% 10-15, 67%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 20-124 37-157
Passing Yards 239 324
Return Yards 0 35
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-34-1 29-41-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2-17
Punts 4 1
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-20 7-50
Oregon Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Nix 21 34 239 3 1
Washington Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Penix Jr. 27 39 319 1 1
D. Johnson 2 2 5 1 0
Oregon Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Nix 6 69 11.5 0
J. James 5 35 7.0 1
B. Irving 9 20 2.2 0
Washington Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Johnson 28 152 5.4 2
W. Nixon 1 5 5.0 0
G. Bernard 1 5 5.0 0
R. Newton 1 1 1.0 0
M. Penix Jr. 4 -4 -1.0 0
Oregon Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Johnson 5 68 13.6 0
T. Holden 1 63 63.0 1
T. Franklin 4 34 8.5 0
J. James 1 30 30.0 0
T. Ferguson 4 17 4.3 2
B. Irving 5 16 3.2 0
C. Kelly 1 11 11.0 0
Washington Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. McMillan 9 131 14.6 0
R. Odunze 8 102 12.8 0
J. Polk 5 57 11.4 0
D. Culp 1 13 13.0 0
D. Johnson 1 7 7.0 0
G. Bernard 2 5 2.5 1
J. Westover 1 4 4.0 0
G. Jackson 1 3 3.0 0
Q. Moore 1 2 2.0 1
Oregon Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Jackson 1 0
Washington Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Powell 1 3
Oregon Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. James 4 200 50.0
Washington Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. McCallister 1 54 54.0
Oregon Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Washington Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Bernard 1 32 32.0
Oregon Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Washington Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Oregon Missed FG
Player Length
Washington Missed FG
Player Length




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