Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff has taken a lot of guff lately. Some of it was deserved. Some wasn’t. But the best way to quiet your critics is to go out and have the best game of your career in a rivalry game.
Huff caught a career-high nine passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Ducks' 36-35, come-from-behind victory over Oregon State. Every time the Beavers took the lead, Huff was there to put the Ducks back ahead.
His first touchdown, a 28-yard pass from Marcus Mariota, came in the third quarter with the Ducks trailing 20-17. His second was a 12-yard connection in the fourth quarter with Oregon State leading 29-24. And the clincher was a 12-yarder with 29 seconds left in the game to give Oregon the final margin.
“That guy is a warrior,” Mariota said. “He has been making plays like that for his whole career. I have all the confidence in the world in that guy. He made play after big play."
Huff’s 186-yard performance was the 10th-best single-game total in Oregon history. The victory gives Oregon a sixth consecutive 10-win season.
Said Huff of his game-winning reception: "It was something that I dreamed of as a little kid. All my teammates were pushing me on and they told me to dig deep. They needed me and Marcus was able to find me in the end zone.
"I have no idea how I feel. I am happy, I can tell you that. It is surreal. I didn't imagine my last game would come down like that. It is everything I dreamed of as a little kid. My dream finally came true. To leave on that note is pretty amazing."