Unlike Mario Cristobal, Oregon HC Dan Lanning Took Full Accountability For His Failures

The Washington Huskies emerged victorious against the Oregon Ducks in an epic showdown, solidifying their dominance in the Pac-12 title race.

The game, which witnessed twists and turns until the final moments, culminated in a 36-33 triumph for the #7-ranked Huskies.

The defining moment arrived when Washington’s star quarterback Michael Penix Jr. delivered a clutch go-ahead touchdown pass with a mere 1 minute and 33 seconds left on the clock.

Oregon’s hopes to force overtime were shattered as they missed a game-tying field goal, leading to a raucous celebration among the Huskies faithful.

Reflecting on the game, Ducks head coach Dan Lanning shouldered the blame for the loss, citing his failed fourth-down attempts as pivotal factors in the outcome.

“I think this game is 100% on me,” Lanning candidly admitted, taking full responsibility for the critical decisions that ultimately backfired for his team.

Despite a valiant comeback effort by Oregon, who rallied from an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter to seize a 33-29 lead, their fortunes quickly soured.

Lanning’s high-stakes decision to push for a game-ending play on fourth-and-3 from the Washington 47-yard line fell short, leading to the pivotal turnover that allowed the Huskies to stage their late-game heroics.

Speaking about the game-deciding moments, Lanning defended his decision to go for the win, emphasizing the confidence in his team’s abilities.

“That being said, it didn’t work,” Lanning acknowledged.

The Washington offense capitalized on the opportunity, swiftly converting the advantageous field position into a decisive touchdown, leaving the Ducks rueing their missed opportunities, including three failed fourth-down attempts throughout the game.

Lanning’s ability to take full accountability for his coaching failures is a stark contrast to how former Oregon head coach (now Miami HC) Mario Cristobal handled the aftermath of the clock debacle against Georgia Tech.

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