Oregon rose up off the mat.

Can you believe it? If you still need a few minutes to process what just happened — or maybe come down from that emotional roller coaster — it’s certainly understandable.

Thanks to some late-game magic, No. 13 Oregon (2-0) pulled off a stunning, improbable, incredible, come-from-behind win Saturday night in Lubbock to escape with a 38-30 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The Ducks entered the fourth quarter trailing 27-18 and then outscored Texas Tech 20-3 in the final quarter.

Here are three takeaways from the game.

The critical moment

It looked like it would be the biggest play of the game. Oregon had wrestled momentum back from Texas Tech after it was outscored 14-0 in the third quarter. Bo Nix had largely avoided the critical mistakes that have plagued his career to this point on the road.

And then he just threw it up for grabs.

It looked like Tech pulled off a third-and-2 interception in the endzone. It sure looked like an interception.

Tech was leading 27-25 at that point. A turnover there would have been deflating for the Ducks and sent an already-raucous Lubbock crowd into even more of a frenzy.

But the officiating crew on hand called the play incomplete on the field, reviewed it with video replay, and allowed the call to stand.

Oregon kicked a field goal on the very next play to go ahead 28-27.

On its next possession, Tech kicked a field goal to nudge back ahead but gave the ball to Nix and the Duck offense with more than five minutes on the clock and two timeouts.

Oregon drove 64 yards in 10 plays and 4:03 to set up the go-ahead field goal.

Nix finished the night 32-for-44 for 359 yards and two scores. He added 46 yards on the ground. At times, Nix was Oregon’s entire offense. He almost gave it away, and when he was given a lifeline, he made the most of it.

The ACTUAL critical moment

The controversial interception call was the play of the game…


Are you kidding?

Brandon Dorlus splits the double-team to affect the passer. Jeffrey Bassa is in the perfect spot at the exact right moment. Oregon somehow, some way rises up at the very end and produces a turnover. And then Bassa returns it to the house to secure not just the Oregon win, but also an Oregon cover.

(Great teams cover, ya know.)

Oregon did not play well. The Ducks were flagged 14 times. They played poor assignment football. They gave up too many third-down conversions. They gave Duck fans all over the country heart palpitations in the fourth quarter.

But you point to one category on the road: turnovers.

The Ducks took the football away four times. They didn’t (officially) give it back. Not once.

Turnovers are back-breakers and game-changers. Oregon took the football away three times in the second half and walked away with a win. Sometimes, that’s what it comes down to.

Shough gives his old mates fits

When he wasn’t throwing them the football, the former Oregon quarterback was a terror for the Oregon defense for most of the night.

Tyler Shough threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns on 24-for-40 passing. He added 101 yards and a third score on the ground.

Oregon struggled to keep contain Shough all game long.

He had a 58-yard run on third-and-4 in the first. He had a 4-yard run for a first down on third-and-4 later in the same quarter. He had an 11-yard carry on third-and-4 in the second. He had 5 on a third-and-1 in the fourth.

Sensing a theme?

Oregon struggled mightily on third and fourth downs last season. It was an area that needed fixing. The Ducks hit the portal hard for immediate help on the defensive side. (Linebacker Jestin Jacobs has not played, which is worth noting.)

Tech went 7-for-12 on the money down Saturday night, and converted one of its two fourth-down tries.

Coach Dan Lanning didn’t think the Ducks were tested a week ago. They weren’t. They absolutely were on Saturday in Lubbock, and what that defense showed throughout the majority of the game wasn’t good enough to win a Pac-12 title. The Pac-12’s quarterback class is too good.