What they’re saying nationally, in Seattle after Oregon Ducks lose to Washington

No. 6 Oregon lost to No. 25 Washington 37-34 at Autzen Stadium on Saturday.

The losses eliminated the Ducks (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) from College Football Playoff contention and they are tied for second in the Pac-12.

Here’s a roundup of what was written nationally and in Seattle after the game:

No. 24 Washington rallies late, topples No. 6 Oregon 37-34 (AP)

“Oregon Coach Dan Lanning will face questions about not just his decision to go on fourth down deep in his own territory with the game tied late, but also for not using a timeout to get banged up quarterback Bo Nix on the field for the pivotal play.” (AP)

“A succession of incremental mishaps built into an overarching disaster that killed its College Football Playoff dreams.” (SI)

“It’s a result that has the potential to haunt first-year coach Dan Lanning for his decision to go for it on 4th-and-1 with a minute and a half to go.” (ESPN)

“The Ducks had their ninth win of the season within their grasp — again and again — and came away empty.” (ESPN)

“Oregon won’t reach the playoff and may not even play in the Pac-12 championship game after a 37-34 loss to Washington that started slow before taking off with an absolutely bonkers second half.” (USA Today)

“It was the biggest hurdle Oregon had to clear before potentially posting an undefeated conference record, but it fell face-first into the ground.” (CBSSports.com)

“DeBoer took over a roster in transition after the Huskies went 4-8 last season, but Washington is already back in the national conversation. DeBoer should be a strong contender for Pac-12 Coach of the Year in a loaded competition.” (CBSSports.com)

“But the ‘play’ of the game was Ducks coach Dan Lanning’s inexplicable decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 34, in a tie game with around 1:40 left, as banged-up star QB Bo Nix stood next to him signaling he was ready to go back in.” (The Athletic)

“When the 2022 college football season finally draws to a close, Saturday’s tilt between Washington and Oregon may stand as the game of the season.” (SBNation)

“Washington figuring out the draw was coming. Nix’s injury on that play. Penix’s dart, the highlight of a 408-yard day. Oregon’s decision to go for it on fourth down well shy of midfield. Oregon’s decision (or inability) to put Nix back in at that moment. So many things tilted toward Washington (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) and worked against the Ducks (8-2, 6-1) in the final four minutes.” (Washington Post)

Michael Penix Jr. and resilient Huskies outlast No. 6 Oregon in stunning rivalry upset (Seattle Times)

Why UW’s win over No. 6 Oregon is so meaningful for a Husky program on the rise (Seattle Times)

How Michael Penix Jr. persevered (again) after a key interception in UW’s win over Oregon (Seattle Times)

Washington’s validation, Peyton Henry’s redemption: Inside the Huskies’ win at Oregon (The Athletic)

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