Bo Nick, Oregon Ducks, North Carolina Past Parade in Holiday Bowl: Game at a Glance

The Bo Knicks beat Oregon in the Holiday Bowl at North Carolina in a dramatic comeback game.

The Knicks threw for 56 of 205 yards on the Ducks’ final drive and scored the game-winning six-yard touchdown to Chase Cota with 19 seconds left in a 28-27 victory over No. 15 Ducks against the Tar Heels on Wednesday night at Petco Park.

Bucky Irving had six carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and finished with 149 rushing yards.

After a three-and-out to open the game, Oregon drove 54 yards with Irving accounting for 41 yards, including a two-yard score, to give UO a 7-0 lead.

A 57-yard kickoff return gave North Carolina great field position on its next drive, which was capped by a six-yard touchdown run from Drake Maye to Andre Green Jr. To connect the game.

Each quarterback missed field goals before the Ducks took the lead with a 66-yard touchdown run by Irving, who cut left to right and found an open field thanks to several brilliant blocks.

North Carolina (9-5) responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 14-yard score from May to Bryson Nesbitt to tie it at 14-14.

Oregon (10-3) drove to the UNC 16 with less than a minute left before halftime when Nix’s pass to Terrance Ferguson was deflected several times, including off the feet of Tar Heels linebacker Power Echols, who returned it 40 yards to UO. 49. It was the third time the Knicks had been intercepted in the red zone and the second time on a punt.

Kobe Paysor connected to give UNC a 21-14 halftime lead.

After a scoreless third quarter, Noah Burnett made a 19-yard field goal to make it 24-14 UNC with 9:04 left.

The Knicks quickly rallied Oregon, with UO’s first long drive of the night, a 30-yard pass to Chase Cota and finally a 6-yard TD pass to Troy Franklin to duck within 24-21 at the 6 thanks to a defensive pass interference penalty. :58 playing.

Maye led UNC to the UO 24 with a fourth-down conversion, but the Tar Heels then settled for a 44-yard field goal with 2:29 left in the game.

The Knicks led the game-winning drive by going 5-of-6 for 56 yards and a 6-yard score to Chase Cota with 19 seconds left. Camden Lewis’ PAT went straight to give Oregon the lead.

High Performance: Bucky Irving had 13 carries for a career-high 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Key contributors: Bo Nix was 23 of 30 for 205 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Troy Franklin had five catches for 24 yards and a touchdown. Terrance Ferguson had five catches for 84 yards. Mase Funa had seven tackles for loss, including one sack. UNC’s Drake Maye was 18 of 35 for 206 yards with three touchdowns and 12 carries for 45 yards.

Key game Power Echols intercepted the Knicks in the red zone and scored in the final minute of the first half to tie the game at 14-14. UNC scored on the play and took a 21-14 lead.

It was ending. Lewis’s putt was banked through the uprights.

— James Crepe reports from San Diego.

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