Oregon survives Texas Tech as the seatbelt sign turns on
The Ducks are still flying after squeaking out a win at Texas Tech.
The Ducks don’t have to take down the billboards yet.
Really, can you imagine if they didn’t pull that thing out? Had Oregon’s defense not finally made a stand, had Camden Lewis’ foot not been nails and had Bo Nix not played like a guy worthy of all of this praise, this would all be done.
Heisman race? Playoffs? More like left on the tarmac as the rest of the Pac-12 continues its liftoff into orbit.
However, those things did happen. Lewis’ fourth field goal of the night gave No. 13 Oregon a 31-30 lead with 1:10 to play, and it was Brandon Dorlus’ pressuring of Texas Tech’s Tyler Shough on the ensuing drive that led to Jeffrey Bassa’s game-sealing pick-6.
The Ducks won 38-30, on the road, against a quality Power 5 opponent. Now, everyone can collectively exhale. Oregon is 2-0, the schedule lightens up next week with Hawaii at home and everything in the Ducks’ wildest dreams is still in play.
But have you ever been on one of those flights where they come over the speakers before the wheels come up to announce that they’re not even going to bother with the beverage service?
This feels like that moment for Oregon.