Oregon Secures Place in Pac-12 Championship Game with Decisive 31-7 Win Over Oregon State

by Chloe Baker
Oregon Ducks Victory

In their latest victory, the Oregon Ducks clinched a spot in the upcoming Pac-12 championship game by defeating Oregon State 31-7 on Friday night. This triumph marked the end of their regular-season rivalry for the time being. Led by Bo Nix, Oregon, ranked sixth, showcased a strong performance against the fifteenth-ranked Oregon State.

The Ducks (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12, No. 6 CFP) are set to compete against fourth-ranked Washington in Las Vegas next Friday. This game is particularly significant as it is the last conference championship before the departure of 10 teams from the league next season. The victor of this match will have the opportunity to participate in the four-team College Football Playoff.

This win represents Oregon’s sixth consecutive victory following their defeat to Washington on October 14. The forthcoming championship game will be the first Pac-12 title game between these two teams.

Nix, a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy, impressively completed 33 of his 40 pass attempts, accumulating 367 yards. Among his targets, Troy Franklin stood out, receiving nine passes for 128 yards and a touchdown.

For Oregon State (8-4, 5-4, No. 16 CFP), DJ Uiagalelei managed 220 yards and a touchdown pass. Oregon State and Washington State are the only two teams not leaving the Pac-12, with Oregon joining the Big Ten next season.

Unlike the Apple Cup rivalry between Washington and Washington State, which will continue as a nonconference game, no similar arrangement has been made for the Ducks and Beavers.

Washington (11-0, 6-0, No. 4 CFP) secured their championship spot with a win over Oregon State last weekend. They will play Washington State on Saturday.

The Ducks’ opening drive saw Bucky Irving receive a short pass from Nix and sprint for a 14-yard touchdown. Nix himself scored with a 16-yard run in the second quarter, and both scoring drives included successful fourth-down conversions.

A 9-yard touchdown pass from Uiagalelei to Silas Bolden brought the score to 14-7. However, Nix responded with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Franklin, extending the lead to 21-7 at halftime.

Franklin’s touchdown marked his 14th of the season and his 25th career touchdown at Oregon, setting a new school record.

The Ducks further extended their lead with Camden Lewis’s 35-yard field goal and Jordan James’s 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Nix has thrown 37 touchdown passes this season with only two interceptions, and he has also scored six rushing touchdowns.

Key Insights:

Oregon State: Speculation surrounds coach Jonathan Smith’s future with the Beavers, amidst rumors linking him to Michigan State. Athletic director Scott Barnes emphasized the importance of retaining Smith in Corvallis.

Oregon: The Ducks achieved their ninth consecutive win over Oregon State at Autzen Stadium, marking their first 11-win season since 2019 and the eighth in their history. Arizona’s chances at the conference championship were dashed regardless of their upcoming game against Arizona State.

End of a Rivalry:

The longstanding rivalry, deeply ingrained in Oregon’s culture, will be missed by fans. The 127th meeting between the two teams brought emotions from alumni like Donna Moore, who reminisced about the camaraderie and state unity the rivalry fostered.

Looking Ahead:

Oregon State anticipates its bowl game invitation, while Oregon prepares for the Pac-12 championship against Washington.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Oregon Ducks Victory

Who won the recent game between Oregon and Oregon State?

The Oregon Ducks won the game with a decisive 31-7 victory over Oregon State.

What was the significance of Oregon’s victory over Oregon State?

The victory secured the Oregon Ducks a spot in the Pac-12 championship game.

Who is Oregon set to face in the Pac-12 championship game?

Oregon is scheduled to play against No. 4 Washington in the upcoming Pac-12 championship game.

Has there been a change in the Pac-12 league?

Yes, 10 of the league’s teams, including Oregon, are set to leave the Pac-12 next season.

What record did Troy Franklin achieve in this game?

Troy Franklin set a school record with his 25th career touchdown at Oregon.

What is the future of the Oregon-Oregon State rivalry?

There is currently no arrangement for the Ducks and Beavers to continue their rivalry as Oregon is moving to the Big Ten next season.

What are the next steps for Oregon and Oregon State after this game?

Oregon State awaits their bowl game invitation, while Oregon prepares for the Pac-12 championship game against Washington.

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DuckFanatic November 25, 2023 - 9:37 am

Wow, what a game! Oregon really showed their strength, Can’t wait for the Pac-12 championship, Go Ducks!

Pac12Enthusiast November 25, 2023 - 4:22 pm

With all these teams leaving, wonder how the Pac-12’s gonna look next year, interesting times ahead.

StatsGuru November 25, 2023 - 8:25 pm

Franklin breaking records, what a star! He’s gonna be one to watch in the pros for sure.

WashingtonWatcher November 25, 2023 - 10:05 pm

Looks like the championship game is gonna be epic, Oregon vs Washington, can’t predict who’ll take it.

CollegeSportsFan November 25, 2023 - 10:08 pm

Sad to see the rivalry pause, it’s been such a big part of Oregon football, hope they figure out a way to keep it going.

FootballJunkie November 25, 2023 - 11:05 pm

Nix is on fire this season, he’s totally a Heisman contender now, those stats are insane!

BeaverBeliever November 26, 2023 - 1:56 am

tough loss but proud of our team, we’ll come back stronger next season, #GoBeavs!


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