Washington fends off Texas in exciting half and advances to CFP National Championship

The Pac-12 goes out strong.

Months after the historic conference disintegrated due to conference realignment, the Washington Huskies will play for the national championship against Michigan after defeating Texas 37-31 on Monday night.

The Longhorns’ late fourth-quarter rally was a valiant effort led by quarterback Quinn Ewers, but Washington was able to pull away thanks to Michael Penix Jr.’s dominant performance in the second half.

The Heisman Trophy finalist finished 29 of 38 for 430 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Washington will face the undefeated Wolverines in the CFP National Championship in Houston, Texas, on Jan. 8, after Michigan beat Alabama in the Rose Bowl on Monday.

Senior running back Blake Courm ran for his 56th career touchdown on Michigan’s first drive of overtime to solidify Big Blue’s championship berth and became the program’s all-time rushing touchdown leader in the process.

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