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Dots: Pac-12 Champions to the End

Battle of PENIX vs BONIX part IIIIIIIX is 3rd win in a row over Ducks, earns 13-0 UW the conference title

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2023 Pac-12 Championship - Oregon v Washington
Head coach Kalen DeBoer of the Washington Huskies celebrates with his team while lifting the Pac-12 Championship trophy
Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images

Happy Monday Dawg fans, and welcome to today’s Dots.

Every year before September I write out my ‘Husky Football Goals for the Season’. They are goals I have absolutely no personal power in affecting, but nevertheless they are MY goals and they never change: Beat Oregon. Beat WSU. Win the Pac-12. We’ve accomplished this trifecta before, and 2 out of 3 is satisfying too. But this 2023 Husky team went above and beyond by Beating Oregon (check), Beating WSU (check), and Winning the Pac-12 by BEATING OREGON A SECOND TIME (check and checkmate) to go 13-0. It was like how we played H-O-R-S-E growing up: after making the winning shot you always had to “prove it” — you had to win the game by making that same shot again. Well, the Huskies proved it on Friday by putting in an even better performance than the one against the Ducks in October.

In this the final year of the Pac-12 as we know it, the Washington Huskies football team left no doubt as to who is the best team in the conference. Pretty much everyone across the country believed Oregon would beat UW on Friday night, win the Pac-12, and likely set themselves up for the CFP. Some members of the press put the Ducks ahead of UW in their personal football rankings (despite the fact that UW beat Oregon in October) and UW entered the game as 9.5 point underdogs. Well, this is why they play the games folks. And Friday’s game - as stressful as it was at moments - isn’t Friday’s game the reason we watch college football? Two bitter rivals playing each other for all the marbles? With half a dozen backstory elements pushing the game up into the stratosphere? What a way to send off the Pac-12 conference. Oh and by the way, can UW call itself “Reigning Pac-12 Champions” forever now?? Okay then.

In a National Championship semifinal, Washington will face Texas in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on New Years Day — a rematch of last season’s Alamo Bowl, where the Huskies beat the Longhorns 27-20.

  • The Huskies were the only team to score over 30 points on Oregon this season and they did it in both contests
  • Oregon’s 31 points against UW matched their lowest total this year. The second-lowest points scored by Oregon this year? 33 against UW in week 7.
  • Dillon Johnson racked up the most individual rushing yards (152) allowed by Oregon this season. That eclipsed the previous number (101) Johnson shared with Texas Tech QB Tyler Shough
  • Oregon WR Troy Williams had 34 yards (his lowest of the year) and Tez Johnson had his second-lowest yards (68) since September. Oregon RB Bucky Irving also had his lowest output of the season - 9 carries, 20 yards, 0 TDs
  • Following Oregon’s 3rd quarter TD to go up 24-20, UW put together 2 long touchdown drives that combined for 22 plays, 157 yards, and ate 10:48 of clock time to take control of the game
  • UW’s 20-game winning streak - the longest in the country - includes THREE wins against Oregon
  • The very first drive of the game:

Go Pac-12 Champion 13-0 Dawgs!!