The journey to get there was wildly unconventional, but Oregon captured its second straight Pac-12 championship on Friday night by withstanding another late rally from USC to win 31-24. USC entered 5-0 with a trio of last-minute victories to its credit, but the Trojans could never quite climb out of an early 14-0 hole, despite another late comeback effort.
USC had the football trailing by seven late in the fourth quarter, but Kedon Slovis' third interception of the night proved to be a costly one. As the USC quarterback scrambled out of the pocket to evade pressure with less than three minutes left, he made an ill-advised throw down the sideline in Oregon territory instead of just throwing the football away. The attempted heroics backfired when Oregon's Jamal Hill managed to control the ball and tap his toes for an interception after bobbling the football initially.
Then, with Boston College transfer Anthony Brown in at quarterback, Oregon got a first down, which allowed the Ducks to run the clock down under a minute before punting it back to USC. But the Trojans' last-gasp effort with no timeouts yielded no results.