2. The Washington defense got the job done
Jake Browning might have struggled – he completed 21-of-33 passes for 187 yards and a pick – but the running game was just good enough, and the offense managed to survive without having to press.
And it let the defense pull off the victory.
Myles Gaskin ran for 71 hard yards, and there were a few good pass plays, but all that mattered for the O was that it only turned the ball over once, and it had control for almost 39 minutes.
It was all a part of the puzzle that allowed the defense to dominate. So it was fitting that the signature moment of the conference title game was made by Byron Murphy. That would be all the team would need …
All of the parts did their job.
Ben Burr-Kirven did what he does as he tried to tackle everything – leading the team with ten stops.
The line generated consistent pressure, there were plenty of key third down plays, and there were the two Murphy interceptions and one from Jordan Miller.
It was the Washington defense being the Washington defense.
It was the best performance of the season in the biggest game for the defense, and now Washington is the Pac-12 champion.