LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Brown threw two landing passes, Jamal Hill made an interception with 2:47 to play, and the Ducks received their second straight Pac-12 title with a 31-24 victory over No. 13 USC within the championship recreation Friday evening.
Tyler Shough additionally threw two landing passes for the Ducks (4-2), who did not win the North Division, but nonetheless claimed the Pac-12’s New Year’s Six bowl berth.
Oregon had a 31-17 lead with lower than 10 minutes to play, however Bru McCoy caught a TD move on fourth down for the Trojans (5-1) earlier than they acquired the ball again with 4:43 left. USC reached midfield in quest of a fourth-quarter comeback win for the fourth time in its six-game season, however Kedon Slovis threw the primary fourth-quarter interception of his profession.
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Hill made an acrobatic play to hold on to the poorly thrown ball, and Oregon’s offense ran all however 23 seconds off the clock. USC reached the Oregon 49, however the Ducks’ move rush prevented Slovis from getting off a Hail Mary.
Jaylon Redd, Hunter Kampmoyer, DJ Johnson and Travis Dye caught TD passes for the Ducks, who acquired into the title recreation after consecutive losses solely as a result of Washington needed to drop out Monday attributable to coronavirus issues in this system.
Oregon seized the chance to the college’s sixth Pac-12 championship in 12 years, together with two straight below coach Mario Cristobal. The North Division has received 9 of the 10 editions of this title recreation, together with a file 4 by Oregon.
Slovis handed for 320 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions for the Trojans, whose good season ended with their fourth loss of their final 5 conferences with Oregon.
USC fell behind 14-Zero within the opening minutes after two interceptions from Slovis led to TD drives by the Ducks — and in contrast to each different recreation this season, the Trojans by no means caught up.
The Ducks changed Shough sometimes with Brown, a senior graduate switch from Boston College who hadn’t recorded any statistics for Oregon this season. Ducks offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead substituted Brown at varied factors in varied drives all through the sport, and Brown made a collection of huge performs.
Brown’s first throw for the Ducks was a TD move to Redd on Oregon’s opening drive. He threw one other scoring move to Dye within the third quarter, ending three of Four for 17 yards.
USC earned its spot within the title recreation by going unbeaten with three late comeback victories alongside the best way. The Trojans weren’t good, however their deep offense and enhancing protection comprised probably the most resilient group within the league.
Oregon’s path to the Coliseum was extra advanced: The Ducks misplaced their two most up-to-date video games to Oregon State and California, and the Huskies had been picked to play USC earlier than the change. The Ducks additionally got here in with an additional week of relaxation as a result of their recreation in opposition to the Huskies final weekend was canceled.
The Trojans began the championship recreation with Slovis throwing an interception to Deommodore Lenoir on their third snap. Redd caught his TD move from Brown three snaps later.
Slovis threw one other interception halfway by means of the quarter, giving him six turnovers in his final 4 quarters in opposition to Oregon. Kampmoyer’s catch put Oregon up by two touchdowns, however the Trojans awoke with St. Brown’s 47-yard TD seize late within the quarter.
Shough hit Johnson with a 16-yard TD move within the second quarter earlier than Stepp’s 1-yard TD run capped USC’s 80-yard drive in response. But the Trojans could not capitalize after linebacker Kana’i Mauga’s rambling 34-yard interception return within the closing seconds. Oregon led 21-14 at halftime regardless of having simply 122 yards of offense.
Brown hit Dye with a brief TD move to complete a drive that consumed half of the third quarter. McCoy even recovered an onside kick later within the quarter, however the Trojans couldn’t capitalize.
Onside kick recovered by @buhbuhbru!!!
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Oregon: The well-rested Ducks seized their golden alternative to make one other large postseason splash.
USC: The Trojans lastly fell off the excessive wire that was their season.
USC: A possible berth within the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.