What happened and what mattered in the Oregon 30-27 overtime win over Washington?
Oregon 30, Washington 27 OT
This time, it was the other side that melted down. Oregon got new life late after the Huskies’ Peyton Henry missed a field goal attempt that would’ve won the game in regulation. The Ducks held in overtime forcing a Henry field goal, got the CJ Verdell six-yard touchdown run, and now it has the Pac-12 title there for the taking.
It’s hardly going to be easy. The Ducks might have come up with their biggest win in years, but it’ll all fall flat in a hurry if they can’t get past Washington State on the road. They still need another Stanford loss, and they have to go to Arizona and Utah, and they still have to handle Arizona State, but they got the win they needed to have.
And that’s it for the Washington College Football Playoff hopes. The Pac-12 title hopes are still there – needing to win out and get an Oregon loss – but for a team that came into the season with realistic dreams of getting into the show for the second time in three years, that’s gone now. Extremely frustrating, it shot itself in the foot against Auburn, and had the win there for the taking in Eugene. This hurts, but pick it back up against Colorado next week, and there’s still plenty to play for.
So who won the battle of the star quarterbacks? Justin Herbert got the win, and he showed off the arm and the skills completing 18-of-32 passes for 202 yards and two scores. But this was Verdell’s game, with 111 yards and two scores. Jake Browning completed 15-of-25 passes for 243 yards and a score with a pick, and he got more help from his ground game. Call it a draw.
Ben Burr-Kirven came up with a massive performance for the Huskies, making 19 tackles and breaking of a pass. Fellow linebacker Tevis Bartlett made 12 stops with a sack. The UW D is fantastic, but Oregon’s was terrific, too. This isn’t the same sort of Duck team of the last few seasons – it’s far more physical.