Oregon vs. Washington score, takeaways: Michael Penix Jr. shines as No. 25 Huskies rally to stun No. 6 Ducks
The Huskies quarterback threw for over 400 yards as Washington defeated Oregon for the first time since 2017
No. 25 Washington rallied for a stunning 37-34 upset over No. 6 Oregon on Saturday in a game with major Pac-12 title and College Football Playoff implications. Peyton Henry drilled a 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds left in regulation, and the Huskies' defense came up with a huge stop from there to clinch Washington's first win in the border rivalry since 2017.
The outcome is a fatal blow for Oregon's hopes of making the CFP under first-year coach Dan Lanning as the Ducks suffered their second loss of the season. Though Oregon remains in the Pac-12 title hunt, it is no longer alone at the top of the standings as it was entering the night.
Michael Penix Jr. entered as the nation's leader in passing yards per game for Washington and threw for 408 yards to lead the Huskies. He found Taj Davis for a 62-yard touchdown with 3:07 remaining to tie the game at 34-34. After a huge fourth-down stop for Washington on the ensuing possession, Henry hit the go-ahead field goal -- his third make on three attempts.
Jalen McMillan led Washington with eight receptions for 122 yards. Bucky Irving and Noah Whittington each surpassed 100 yards rushing for Oregon, and quarterback Bo Nix turned in another big game with 280 yards passing, 59 yards rushing and three total touchdowns. But it wasn't enough to overcome Washington's high-powered attack.
When Penix hit Davis for the game-tying touchdown with 3:02 remaining, it marked a critical moment of redemption for the redshirt senior after a catastrophic miscue on the Huskies' previous possession. Washington was driving while trailing 31-27 early in the fourth quarter and had a first-and-goal at the Oregon 2-yard line ... when disaster struck. Penix rolled to his right and let an ill-advised pass fly toward the end zone. It was tipped into the air and intercepted by Oregon's Jeffery Bassa at the 1-yard line.
Had Penix thrown the football away, the Huskies would have had three more chances to pick up 2 yards for the go-ahead score. Instead, the Ducks took over and began a methodical drive that bled the majority of the fourth-quarter clock.
Thankfully for Penix and the Huskies, their defense stiffened on a critical third-and-5 play to keep Oregon out of the end zone and prevent the Ducks from going ahead by two scores. Oregon settled for a field goal to make it 34-27, and Penix found Davis two plays later to even the score.
Bo Nix's injury
Alex Cook hit Nix on a quarterback draw before he could reach the first down marker on the aforementioned third-and-5 play. Nix struggled to get up and needed help exiting the field. Washington scored quickly, affording Nix little time to recuperate. Backup quarterback Ty Thompson entered on the next possession but didn't throw the football as the Ducks quickly went four-and-out while failing to convert a risky fourth-and-1 play from their own 34-yard line.
Though it appeared Nix was ready to reenter the game, which may have opened the playbook up a bit for Oregon, Thompson took the fourth-down snap, which ended in Whittington slipping and going down well short of the sticks. The failed possession set up Washington with a short field for Henry's go-ahead kick. Nix was able to come back on Oregon's ensuing possession as the Ducks tried to mount a last-minute drive that ultimately ended with an incomplete heave on the game's final play.
Pac-12 title picture
Oregon is now one of four teams in the Pac-12 with one conference loss along with No. 8 USC, No. 9 UCLA and No. 13 Utah, meaning there remains much to be sorted out before it's clear who will be playing in the league title game on Friday, Dec. 2. USC picked up a win over Colorado on Friday, and Utah and UCLA were in action as favorites late Saturday night. Oregon's loss only magnifies the significance of the Ducks' game against the Utes next week.
The Trojans and Bruins also battle next week in a similarly huge showdown. Both contests will be vital to deciding the league title matchup in the conference's first season of scrapping the traditional format that pitted division winners against each other. Instead, the teams with the best league records will play in the title game this year.
Final from Autzen.— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) November 13, 2022
The Washington kicker drills a 42-yarder with 51 seconds left, his third make of the day, to put the Huskies ahead 37-34. Nice job by the Oregon defense to limit Washington to basically nothing on that possession. Looks like Bo Nix is going to return after missing the last possession. One timeout left for Oregon.
What a turn of events
With Ty Thompson in at quarterback for the injured Bo Nix, the Ducks wind up in a fourth-and-1 at their own 34-yard line and go for it. Noah Whittington slips and doesn't make it back to the line of scrimmage. Turnover on downs, and Washington takes over with a chance to go ahead. Great field position, 1:26 left.
Talk about redemption! Penix hits Cameron Davis with a bomb down the left sideline on the second play of the possession. 62 yards to even the score with 3:07 remaining. What a play for Penix and the Huskies after the catastrophic interception on their last possession early in the quarter. What do the Ducks do now with Nix hobbled? We'll see.
Bo Nix hobbled
Oregon quarterback Bo Nix is still walking gingerly on the sideline after he was hit on a QB draw on third-and-5. The Ducks kick a short field goal to go ahead 34-27, meaning Washington will get the football back with just over four minutes to play in a one-possession game. Should it go to overtime, Nix's status will obviously loom large in how this one plays out. He's been a rock for the Ducks this season. Unclear what the nature of his injury is, but he took a helmet to the knee while charging for the sticks.
Oregon went for the quarterback draw with Bo Nix on third-and-5. He was met and stuffed after picking up just a couple and is now down with an apparent injury. The training staff is on the field attending to Nix after he was brought down by Alex Cook. Ducks will presumably kick a short field goal to make a 7-point game with 4:26 remaining.
The Ducks are slowly marching down the field trying to go 99 yards for a gut punch TD after the Penix interception. Just five minutes left now as the Ducks are in the red zone.
Michael Penix has a pass tipped and intercepted on the 1-yard line just as the Huskies were on the verge of scoring a go-ahead TD. Considering that Oregon also turned the football over on UW's 1-yard line in the first half, both offenses have now shot themselves in the foot on scoring opportunities. Brutal mistake for the Huskies.
We've got a good one going in Eugene as Washington is driving to begin the fourth quarter. Pace was a bit slow through two and a half quarters, but we've hit the after burners in the last few minutes with the teams trading haymakers. Fun finish coming in a big-time rivalry showdown.