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No. 24 UW Huskies rally late, upset No. 6 Oregon Ducks 37-34

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — UW Huskies kicker Peyton Henry has earned redemption.

The elder netted a 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds left and No. 24 Washington ended No. 6 Oregon’s eight-game winning streak with a 37-34 win on Saturday, carrying a blow to the Ducks’ chances for a berth in the College Football Playoffs.

UW Huskies 37, Oregon 34: Box score

In 2018, Henry had a chance to beat the Ducks, but his 37-yard field goal attempt on the last regulation play was wide right and Oregon won 30-27 in overtime.

“That (miss) always comes to mind, especially because when people think of me, they think of that kick. So hopefully they remember me for that kick,” a- he declared.

Michael Penix Jr. threw a 62-yard pass to Taj Davis to tie it at 34 with 3:07 left after Oregon quarterback Bo Nix limped off the field in the previous series.

Nix returned after Henry’s field goal and took the Ducks (9-2, 6-1, No. 6 CFP) to the Washington 38, but the final practice fell through with an illegal contact penalty. The Huskies (8-2, 5-2, No. 25 CFP) won in Eugene for the first time since 2016.

“I didn’t know he missed this here four years ago and someone was like, ‘This is a basket of redemption. He’s going to get there,’” Penix said. “And I was like, OK , as long as he does, I’m fine.”

Penix, the national leader in passing yards per game, threw for 408 yards and two touchdowns as Washington snapped a 13-game losing streak against ranked Oregon teams. The last win was in 2002 when the Huskies beat No. 23 Oregon 42-12. Washington was 0-7 against the Ducks when ranked in the top 10.

Nix went down after a 2-yard run on third-and-5 on the Washington 10 and he limped off the field. Camden Lewis’ 26-yard field goal completed the drive to make it 34-27 with 3:54 to go. After Washington’s game-clinching touchdown, Nix was replaced for one series by backup Ty Thompson.

Nix threw for 280 yards and two scores, and ran for 59 yards and another touchdown. The loss ended a 23-game winning streak at home, the third-longest in the nation and one shy of the school record.

Oregon coach Dan Lanning said after the game that he was awaiting further evaluation of Nix’s injury, but coaches had determined he was able to return to play for the final series.

“Well, certainly not the result we were hoping for. I think our guys played the whole game. They certainly didn’t quit, they didn’t throw in the towel,” Lanning said. “You have to give Washington credit, they played a full game and we made more mistakes late in the game that hurt us.”

The Huskies scored on their first series when Penix passed the baton to Wayne Taulapapa, who ran 13 yards down the middle for the TD.

The Ducks settled for a 43-yard field goal from Lewis on their first drive. Henry threw for 30 yards to make it 10-3 early in the second quarter.

Oregon got to 1 on the ensuing drive, but the snap was missed and Washington recovered. The Huskies didn’t move the ball and instead the Ducks had good field position in front of Nix’s 10-yard TD dash, his 14th of the season, to pull Oregon up 13-10.

After Nix hit Dont’e Thornton with a 46-yard touchdown pass on Oregon’s first drive in the second half for a 17-13 lead, Cameron Davis scored on a 3-yard run to put the Huskies back. at the top.

Noah Whittington’s 29-yard run gave Oregon a 24-20 lead midway through the third. It was a back and forth duel the rest of the way.

A 76-yard touchdown pass from Penix to Ja’Lynn Polk gave the Huskies a 27-24 lead in the third quarter. Nix responded with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Troy Franklin.

Penix’s interception by Jeffrey Bassa on the goal line to start the fourth quarter seemed to give the Ducks momentum until Nix was injured untimely.

“It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” said Jalen McMillan, who finished with 122 receiving yards for the Huskies. “It’s like all of our hard work, we’ve been through so much as a team and as a brotherhood. So this voice acting means everything to us. We’ve been working for this forever.

TAKE AWAY

Washington: Washington hasn’t visited Eugene since 2018, when Oregon won 30-27 in overtime. The Huskies benefited from the full return of linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio, who missed the first eight games of the season with a knee injury. He saw some snaps last weekend in the win over Oregon States.

Oregon: Oregon fell 7-0 in the Pac-12 for the first time since 2019. … The loss ended a run that saw Oregon win 16 of the last 18 against the Huskies. In addition to snapping Eugene’s overall winning streak, the loss also shattered a school record of 17 straight conference games at home.

NEXT

Washington: The UW Huskies will host Colorado next Saturday.

Oregon: The Ducks will host No. 13 Utah next Saturday.

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