Fresh win: Nix rallies No. 16 Auburn 27-21 over No. 11 Ducks

Auburn true freshman quarterback Bo Nix threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Seth Williams with 9 seconds remaining and the 16th-ranked Tigers opened the season with a 27-21 comeback win over No. 11 Oregon on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.

Nix barely converted a 4th-and-3 at midfield on the final drive when he tucked and ran. Only the nose of the ball was past the chain when officials measured. On 3rd-and-10 from the Oregon 39 with no timeouts, Nix hit Williams for 13 yards, and then found him again on the next play to put Auburn ahead for the first time.

The Tigers, who trailed 21-6 late in the third quarter, delivered another opening-weekend blow to the Pac-12. They beat the Pac-12’s highest-ranked team in a season opener for the second year in a row — No. 6 Washington lost to them 21-16 in Atlanta last year.

Nix finished 13-of-31 passing for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran seven times for 42 yards. JaTarvious Whitlow ran 24 times for 110 yards for the Tigers.

Justin Herbert, who bypassed early entry in the NFL draft to return to Oregon, was 28-of-37 passing for 242 yards with a touchdown.

#13 Washington 47, E. Washington 14: Jacob Eason, taking his first snaps since the 2017 season when he lost the starting job at Georgia to Jake Fromm, threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns as the host Huskies carved up one of the top FCS programs in the country. Eason completed 27 of 36 passes and led Washington on touchdown drives on four of its first five possessions. Eason’s fourth pass in purple was a 50-yard touchdown strike to Andre Baccellia. Eason added a 7-yard TD pass to Aaron Fuller, who made a stunning one-handed catch while getting a foot inbound, and capped his first half with a 10-yard TD strike to Chico McClatcher.

Late Friday: Chuba Hubbard rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns, and redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders threw for 203 yards and three more scores to lead Oklahoma State to a 52-36 victory at Oregon State. Jake Luton threw for 251 yards and three scores for the Beavers. … In Denver, tailback Alex Fontenot scored three second-half touchdowns and safety Mikial Onu intercepted two passes as Colorado beat Colorado State 52-31 in Mel Tucker’s head coaching debut for the Buffaloes.

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