Bo Nix explains why Oregon has been able to respond so well since the Washington loss
Bo Nix knew right away that the 36-33 loss to Washington wasn’t going to derail Oregon’s season.
Coaches talk about it all the time — don’t let a loss beat you twice. In a game like the one that took place on Oct. 14 in Seattle, an emotional hangover would have been completely expected. College GameDay was in town for a top-10 showdown between two teams that do not like each other. Oregon put everything into the game and it didn’t get the result it wanted.
In the three weeks since, Oregon has outscored the competition 136-49.
“I’d say elite,” Nix said this weekend when asked how he’d characterize Oregon’s response since the UW game. “I’d say we’ve done really good. Obviously, that was a tough day, but I think we’ve done the best we can out of that situation. I think we’ve come back from it.
“We’ve put together a bunch of really good wins. I think we’ve been dynamic in our whole team. Defense, special teams, offense have all responded and started to play really good at this point in the season.”
Oregon was phenomenal over the weekend, winning 63-19 over Cal. It was the most points Oregon had scored in a conference game since beating Oregon State 69-10 at home in 2017.
And that followed a 35-6 beatdown of Utah in Salt Lake City to end an 18-game home winning streak for the Utes.
The response, by all accounts, has been excellent. And Nix said he could feel it in the locker room in Seattle a month ago.
“Right after the game, it was silent. There wasn’t a whole lot going on in that locker room,” he said. “I think it’s shown the past three weeks. Obviously, we’re not done. We’re going to have to have another good week of prep. There’s still so much to grow from, especially from this game. I think that’s what’s awesome looking back at it. We see our potential but we know we can play better and I think that we see that. A lot of guys are taking it personal and taking pride in the response. And that’s all you can ask for.”