On Friday, December 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the University of Washington Huskies emerged victorious in a thrilling PAC-12 Championship Game. With a hard-fought, three-point victory against the University of Oregon Ducks, the Huskies improve to 13-0 and likely maintain their position as one of the top four teams in the final College Football Playoff Committee ranking of the 2023-2024 season.
“Words can’t describe it, man,” University of Washington Huskies Linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio told the Seattle Times.
“What better story for us than to beat Oregon three times in a row, especially the last one for the Pac-12 [title], after everybody doubted us.”
Led by Heisman Trophy Contender Michael Penix Jr., the Huskies established a 20-3 lead in the first half. However, Bo Nix and the Oregon Ducks stormed back with a 21-3 run that lasted from the 1:39 mark of the second quarter through the 1:51 mark of the third quarter. Ultimately, it proved not to be enough as the Huskies answered with two touchdown drives that ate up the clock throughout the majority of the fourth quarter.
“Ten points [the point spread Oregon was favored by] was ridiculous. We just kept our heads down and worked,” Ulofoshio continued.
“We knew how good we were. There was never a doubt. Even when we were losing, there was never a doubt we were going to come back and win.”
The climatic ending of the 2023 PAC-12 Championship is a bit bittersweet for fans of the conference. Both Oregon and Washington are expected to join the Big 10 next season as the PAC-12 meets its untimely demise.