Washington was 'the most physical team' in Pac-12 Championship
Washington claimed the final Pac-12 Championship with a 34-31 win over Oregon Friday night in Las Vegas.
The third-ranked Huskies took a 20-3 first-half lead on the fifth-ranked Ducks and looked poised to roll into the College Football Playoff. But then Oregon ripped off 21 unanswered to briefly push back ahead. Immediately after Oregon’s go-ahead drive, Washington responded with a touchdown march of its own to take back the lead for good.
After the game, UW running back Dillon Johnson spoke with ESPN’s Holly Rowe about the game.
“We were the most physical team,” Johnson said. “We came out here with a 1-0 mindset and we came out with the W.”
Despite being 12-0, despite being unbeaten, and despite having already knocked off the Ducks earlier this season, Washington entered the game as a 10-point underdog.
The win gave Washington its seventh this season by seven points or less. Eight of the Huskies’ nine conference games were decided by 10 points or less. And they’ve managed to find the winning combination of plays week in and week out.
“This is the best moment,” quarterback Michael Penix Jr. said.
UW outgained Oregon on the ground, 157-124. Johnson ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.
Washington controlled the line of scrimmage for much of the evening.
“Just staying with a 1-0 mindset. Just continuing to believe that we have what it takes,” Penix said.
And now it’ll move on to the College Football Playoff with a chance to play for a national championship.