An excellent start made it possible for Oregon Ducks to defeat USC and win the PAC-12 title for the second straight year. In the end they defeated the Trojans 31-24, holding them off in the final few minutes of the match.
It was an upset just a few expected, and nobody saw it coming a few days ago. Oregon wasn’t even supposed to be here, as they finished second in their division, behind Washington Huskies. Yet, COVID-19 havoc among the Huskies allowed the Ducks to proceed to the finals, and have a chance to win the conference.
Oregon started the match furiously, with two touchdowns in the first half of the opening quarter, getting away to 14-0. Both of their quarterbacks Tyler Shough and Anthony Brown, threw a TD pass each, and it seems that the Trojans couldn’t adapt to the constant changes in the Ducks’ backfield.
Until the end of the contest, we saw the teams trading touchdowns, but that start provided the difference that kept Oregon at a safe distance, being at least one TD away from the No.13.
Yet in the final few minutes, they had a chance to level the score, as Trojans had the possession with them being behind 31-24. Kedon Slovis threw an interception with 2:47 to go, and the football got back to Ducks, who held it until 23 seconds to go. USC had couldn’t pull off a miracle for that remaining time.
Shough had 91 passing yards for two TDs and one pick, while Brown threw just 17 yards, but two of them scoring. DJ Johnson, Jaylon Reed, Travis Dye and Hunter Kampmoyer all had a TD reception for Oregon.
Jamal Hill was superb in the defense, having two picks, but his colleague, DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, was the MVP of the match.
On the other side, Slovis was 28-for-52 for 320 yards, for two touchdown passes, and three picks. Bru McCoy caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, Drake London had 75, and Amon-Ra St. Brown 74 and a TD. Markese Stepp ran for one score.
Slovis’ picks were the main reason for Oregon’s loss. Even though his team had more first downs and overall more scrimmage yards, all that was erased with turnovers.
Due to this, the Ducks will probably head to Fiesta Bowl on January 2. The Trojans expect to see themselves in the Alamo Bowl on December 29.