GAMEDAY College Football

Holiday Bowl: Oregon 28, North Carolina 27

(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer

SAN DIEGO - Bo Nix threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Chase Cota on fourth down with 19 seconds left and Camden Lewis' PAT bounced off the left upright and went through to give No. 15 Oregon a wild 28-27 victory against North Carolina in the Holiday Bowl at Petco Park.

Cota caught the ball at about the 1 and got it across the goal line as he was being tackled by Don Chapman. The play was upheld on review. Lewis then banked in the PAT.

North Carolina (9-5) got the ball to the Oregon 42 with one second left before Drake Maye's desperation heave into the end zone fell incomplete.

The Ducks finished 10-3 thanks to Nix, who came up big late in the fourth quarter after being held in check much of the second half. He threw a 6-yard TD pass to Troy Franklin with 6:58 to go to pull the Ducks to 24-21.

The Tar Heels took a 27-21 lead with 2:34 to go on Noah Burnette's 44-yard field goal, his second of the quarter.

Nix then moved the Ducks 79 yards in eight plays for the win, with the drive being aided by a pass interference call.

Nix was 23 of 30 for 205 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.

Maye, the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, was 18 of 35 for 206 yards and three scores.

The Tar Heels took a 21-14 lead on Maye's 49-yard TD pass to Kobe Paysour just before halftime that was set up by an incredible interception by linebacker Power Echols. Echols' jaw-dropping interception and 40-yard return gave the Tar Heels the ball at the Oregon 49.

With the score tied at 14 and Oregon driving late in the second quarter, Nix threw behind Terrance Ferguson and the ball bounced off the right calf of linebacker Cedric Gray toward Echols, who tipped it up with his right foot before bending over and grabbing it and taking off to the Oregon 49.

Maye then hit Paysour at about the 28 and he outraced the defense into the end zone, where he bowed to the crowd after giving the Tar Heels a 21-14 lead 26 seconds before halftime.

Maye also threw touchdown passes of 6 yards to Andrew Greene Jr. and 14 yards to Bryson Nesbit.

Oregon's Bucky Irving had touchdown runs of 2 and 66 yards - the third-longest in Holiday Bowl history - in the first half.

THE TAKEAWAY

Oregon: The thrilling win was a nice finish for the Ducks, whose once-promising season fizzled out in November when they lost two of three after winning eight straight.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels ended with four straight losses, including a 29-point defeat against Clemson in the ACC title game.

December 29, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OregonUNC
Oregon TD 11:05 Bucky Irving 2 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 7 0
UNC TD 4:37 Andre Greene Jr. 6 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 7 7
Second Quarter OregonUNC
Oregon TD 9:13 Bucky Irving 66 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 14 7
UNC TD 4:34 Bryson Nesbit 14 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 14 14
UNC TD 0:26 Kobe Paysour 49 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 14 21
Fourth Quarter OregonUNC
UNC FG 9:13 Noah Burnette 19 yd FG 14 24
Oregon TD 6:58 Troy Franklin 6 yd pass from Bo Nix (Camden Lewis kick) 21 24
UNC FG 2:29 Noah Burnette 44 yd FG 21 27
Oregon TD 0:19 Chase Cota 6 yd pass from Bo Nix (Camden Lewis kick) 28 27
Team Stats
  Oregon North Carolina
First downs 22 21
  Rushing 7 8
  Passing 12 11
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 6-12, 50% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 3-3, 100%
Rushes-Yards 32-209 34-129
Passing Yards 205 206
Return Yards 102 149
Completions-Attempts-Int 23-30-1 18-35-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--6 2--21
Punts 2 3
Punts-Average 43.5 44.7
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 5-39 5-55
Time of Possession 27:11 32:49
Oregon Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Nix 23 30 205 2 1
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Maye 18 35 206 3 0
Oregon Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Irving 13 149 11.5 2
N. Whittington 11 27 2.5 0
J. James 3 27 9.0 0
B. Nix 5 6 1.2 0
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Green 17 50 2.9 0
D. Maye 12 45 3.8 0
O. Hampton 2 17 8.5 0
D. Jones 2 9 4.5 0
G. Pettaway 1 4 4.0 0
J. Copenhaver 0 4 0
Oregon Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Ferguson 5 84 16.8 0
C. Cota 3 42 14.0 1
N. Whittington 5 37 7.4 0
T. Franklin 5 24 4.8 1
K. Hutson 2 10 5.0 0
P. Herbert 1 7 7.0 0
C. McCormick 1 2 2.0 0
B. Irving 1 -1 -1.0 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Paysour 7 98 14.0 1
B. Nesbit 3 37 12.3 1
A. Greene Jr. 3 26 8.7 1
J. Copenhaver 3 24 8.0 0
J. Jones 1 11 11.0 0
D. Jones 1 10 10.0 0
Oregon Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
P. Echols 1 40
Oregon Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Barry 2 87 43.5
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 3 134 44.7
Oregon Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Hutson 1 -4 -4.0
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Pettaway 1 3 3.0
Oregon Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Irving 4 106 26.5
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Pettaway 2 92 46.0
D. Jones 1 14 14.0
Oregon Missed FG
Player Length
C. Lewis 47
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
N. Burnette 34




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