3. The one Oregon drive
All it took was one.
Oregon set a school-record with 11 punts in a bowl game, but even with the offensive futility, the team stayed alive … stayed alive … stayed alive … and then came the one drive when everything clicked.
Finally, early in the fourth quarter, Justin Herbert turned it loose – at least, he turned it loose relative to the rest of the game.
He connected with Jaylon Redd for two good pass plays, found Dillon Mitchell for another completion, and finally found Mitchell on a brilliant 28-yard pass play on the was to the seven points that would be all the team needed.
It wasn’t pretty, and it was a grind, but that’s what Herbert can do. He kept the mistakes to a minimum, didn’t get rattled under the pressure, and ended up completing 19-of-33 passes for 166 yards and that one touchdown.
And all that matters for him now as he returns for his final year is the win. That’s what NFL types want to see – can you pull off a win in a game when things aren’t going quite right?
Herbert did it. And …