The Oregon Ducks are the Pac-12 football champs once again after their 31-24 victory over USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Friday night. This was Oregon’s second consecutive Pac-12 title and their fourth overall- the most of any school in the Pac-12 conference.
Oregon back-up quarterback Anthony Brown was pulled in to the game in key short-yardage and goal line situations and threw two touchdown passes in his debut. Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who finished with five tackles, a sack, two tackles for losses, and a pass breakup, was named the Most Valuable Player.
Ducks’ safety Jamal Hill had two interceptions, including a key snag with just 2:47 to play. Travis Dye led the team in rushing with 55 yards on 11 carries while catching a team-high three passes for 17 yards and a touchdown.
No. 13 USC (5-1), the Pac- 12 South division champions were undefeated heading in to the game. The Ducks (4-2) were the second place finishers in the Pac-12 North division behind Washington, but with the Huskies sidelined by COVID-19 protocols, Oregon slid in to the championship match-up.
The winner of the Pac-12 Championship Game usually plays in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, but this year, the Ducks are headed to the Playstation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, Jan, 2, 2021.
This year’s New Year's Day Rose Bowl is reserved for one of two college football playoff semifinal games, with the winner advancing to the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship.
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