Bo Nix downplayed his role in the 41-yard touchdown bomb to Troy Franklin. Just another play where his receiver did the work for him, the Oregon quarterback said following his team’s 31-7 win over Oregon State.

Of course, that was just Nix’s classic modesty. He threw cross-field on a rope. And he was on the run.

“I think you can pick a lot of throws tonight that were really special,” coach Dan Lanning said afterward. “That was certainly one of them.”

Nix completed 33 of his 40 pass attempts for 367 yards through the air. He added 31 yards on the ground and scored three total touchdowns. It was another classic from the Ducks’ star quarterback in his final home game.

Nix has become one of Oregon’s all-time greatest in just two years with the school.

During the month of November, Nix completed 79% of his throws for 1,569 yards and 16 touchdowns with just one interception. He averaged 11 yards per pass attempt. Oregon went 4-0 to secure its spot in the conference title game.

Week after week, he made big-time plays.

“I thought our quarterback was elite tonight,” Lanning said. “Even the moments that he wasn’t protected he made big-time plays for us, which was huge.”

And his run out onto the field inside Autzen Stadium for the last time was surreal.

“The history and the whole entire program and what it means to me is just very special,” Nix said. “It picked me up when I was down and it gave me a new sense of life in the game of football. It added some excitement. It’ll forever hold a special place in my heart for it, and Autzen, the fans, and the whole program really mean a lot to me. I’ll be able to have the O on my chest for the rest of my life.”

Lanning has been open about everything Nix has meant to him in his two years in Eugene. The two have a special relationship. Nix has a unique level of trust from the coaching staff, and he’s more than earned it.

“It is hard to put into words how I feel about that guy, our growth together,” Lanning said. “The opportunity to be able to coach such a special young man, to get to see him before the game started right there, we went out for Senior Day. You know, that guy has a twinkle in his eye. He is the ultimate competitor.

“He threw a couple passes where I felt like he looked over and winked at me, but maybe that’s just me trying to be in the moment. Bo’s special, man. It has been a lot of fun coaching him. I know we aren’t done yet.”