Washington beats Oregon to clinch 13-0 season, punch ticket to College Football Playoff
Washington completed its 13-0 season on Friday night with a 34-31 win over Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Michael Penix Jr., who had been struggling in recent weeks prior to this game, had a phenomenal outing. He threw for 319 yards and a game-sealing touchdown on 3rd and goal with just 2:44 remaining in the game.
Washington jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the first half, but Oregon responded with a run of its own. The Ducks eventually took a 24-20 lead in the 3rd quarter, but were not able to get stops in the 4th quarter. Washington scored a pair of touchdowns in the final quarter and then picked up a key 1st down to effectively end the game in the final 2 minutes.
The win means Washington will almost certainly be 1 of the 4 teams who reach the College Football Playoff when the final rankings are revealed on Sunday. Washington entered Friday night’s contest ranked No. 3 in the country behind only Georgia and Michigan.
Washington would be the first Pac-12 program to reach the College Football Playoff since the Huskies made it in 2016. Washington fell 24-7 to Alabama in the semifinals that season.
Entering Saturday, other teams in the Playoff mix include Georgia, Michigan, Alabama, Florida State and Texas.
The final College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed on ESPN on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.