Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning celebrates with the championship trophy after the 2022 Holiday Bowl against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Petco Park.

Bo Nix spent the first 3½ quarters of the Holiday Bowl looking indecisive, inaccurate and not at all like the player who was one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in college football during the regular season.

Then he put on his rally cap.

Nix led No. 15 Oregon on a pair of late touchdown drives as the Ducks overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 28-27 victory against North Carolina Wednesday night at Petco Park in San Diego.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak in bowl games for the Ducks (10-3), who have now posted back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time 2014.

It was far from easy, though it was certainly an entertaining and dramatic ending. 

Trailing 27-21 with 24 seconds left, the Ducks faced fourth-and-2 from the Tar Heels’ 6-yard line.

Nix corralled a shot-gun snap that went wide left, quickly retreated into a dangerous patch of soft, mushy turf and off his back foot rifled a pass over the head of a ducking official and to Chase Cota, who secured the catch at the 1-yard line and rolled off a defender and into the end zone for the game-tying points.

After an official review to see if Cota was down before reaching the end zone confirmed the touchdown, Oregon’s Camden Lewis lined up for the go-ahead extra point and sent his kick caroming loudly off the right upright but through for 28-27 lead.

The victory sent first-year coach Dan Lanning into the offseason with a head of steam and a new addition to the Ducks’ trophy case.





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