Oregon wins back-to-back Pac-12 Championships after beating USC 31-24


The Oregon Ducks are back-to-back Pac-12 Champions. Photo by John Gillen/USC Athletics.

12/19/20 LOS ANGELES, Ca - The Pac-12 Championship Game featured the Pac-12 South, USC Trojans (5-0), and the Oregon Ducks (3-2) representing the Pac-12 North on the United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.


USC found themselves down 14-0 in the first quarter after Oregon's quarterback Anthony Brown threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jason Redd and Tyler Shough's 14-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Kampmoyer.


The Trojans got on the scoreboard with 50 seconds left in the quarter after Kedon Slovis' threw a 47-yard touchdown pass Amon-Ra St. Brown that made the score 14-7.

Oregon Ducks #12 Tyler Shough (QB) throwing a pass to his reciever DJ Johnson. Photo by John Gillen/USC Athletics.

The Ducks scored in the second quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Shough to DJ Johnson, making the score 21-7. The Trojans responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by Markese Stepp that made the score 21-14 with 4:35 left in the first half.


The Trojans step up late in the second quarter when Shough's pass was intercepted by Kaua'i Mauga and return to the Ducks' 26-yard line. USC failed to capitalize on the take away by Mauga after Parker Lewis missed a 41-yard field goal that was wide right with Oregon leading 21-14 at halftime.

USC Trojans #9 Kedon Slovis throwing a pass to one of his recievers. Photo by John Gillen/USC Athletics.

The Trojans step up late in the second quarter when Shough's pass was intercepted by Kaua'i Mauga and return to the Ducks' 26-yard line. USC failed to capitalize on the take away by Mauga after Parker Lewis missed a 41-yard field goal that was wide right with Oregon leading 21-14 at halftime.


The Ducks scored first during the third quarter after Brown threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Travis Dye pushing their lead up to 28-14. Lewis kicked a 21-yard field goal as the Trojans trail the Ducks 28-17.


USC's kicked an onside kick and recovered the football on their 48-yard line by Bru McCoy. Oregon's defense didn't allow them to score.


Oregon scored in the fourth quarter with a 40-yard field goal by Henry Katleman made the score 31-17 with 10:26 left in the game.

USC Trojans #30 Bru McCoy four-yard touchdown catch from Kedon Slovis. Photo by John Gillen/USC Athlectics.

USC begin their comeback after Slovis threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Bru McCoy, now trail Oregon 31-24 with 6:16 left in the game. Would this be one of those fantastic come from behind wins for the Trojans again?


The Trojans were driving down the field attempting to tie the game, but Slovis was flush out of the pocket and tried to throw the football out of bounds, was intercepted by Oregon's Jamal Hill.


USC had one more possession to try to tie the game but came up short, and the Oregon Ducks won 31-24 to capture back-to-back Pac-12 Championships. No one was more excited playing in the Pac-12 Championship game than Oregon's quarterback Tyler Shough.


"It's a blessing. We were on our couch at home and got called back for a season. A lot of us are mentally drained. I'm so proud of our team because of the way we fought through these tough circumstances."

Oregon Ducks #13 Anthony Brown (QB) threw two touchdowns against USC's defense. Photo by John Gillen/USC Athletics.

Slovis completed 28 of his 52 passes with 352-yards two touchdowns, but his three interceptions, the mental mistakes, and no running game were just too much for the Trojans to overcome against Oregon.


After the game, USC's head coach Clay Heldon talked about the things that went wrong during the game.


"We were fighting for one more possession and we actually got it with 4:30 left. It was right where we've known to be. We were in position even with the mistakes we made, especially the turnovers. We can't do that with a good football team. It's only for the kids' heart and toughness and willingness to fight back that we put ourselves in a position to go tie the game at the end. That's all you can ask for and this time around we didn't get it done. We don't make excuses. But credit to the kids, they fought their butts off."


The running game was absent, with Stephen Carr, Markese Stepp, and Slovis combine for 68-yards rushing for the Trojans. Amon-Ra St.Brown had five catches for 74-yards and one touchdown before being sidelined with an Achilles injury, and London Drake had eight catches for 75-yards.


Shough threw the football 15 times, completing eight passes for 91-yards 2 touchdowns, and Anthony Brown completed 3 of his four passes for 17-yards and two touchdowns for Oregon.


The leading rushers for Oregon were, Travis Dye eleven carries for 55-yards, and Sean Dollars, seven carries for 52-yards. Both teams will have to wait till Sunday to see what bowl games they will play in. #usctrojansfootball #oregonducksfootball #pac12footballchampionship #usc #oregon #pac12 #tylershough #kedonslovis #brumccoy #pac12championsoregonducks #pac12football #tgsportstv1 #anthonybrown