His comments got us thinking of the best Mike Leach moments, as he seemingly goes viral every week. So we made a compilation of the highlights of his coaching career.
At first glance, the No.
But how the Ducks pulled off this victory was a sign of a program on the right path under its second-year coach Mario Cristobal. In those three, the Ducks faced double-digit deficits at halftime.
Despite having potential first-round pick Justin Herbert under center, it never really felt like Oregon had a shot at coming back in any of them.
So when Washington reached the end zone on its first drive of the second half to go up 28—14, it seems like this familiar ugly narrative was about to be placed once against on this Oregon program following a marquee clash. Herbert was inaccurate and the Ducks' coaching staff was once again under scrutiny.
A defense that had been elite for the majority of the season had finally looked vulnerable in Seattle. Coming in, it was a unit that ranked fourth in the country in yards per play allowed and had allowed seven or fewer points in five straight games.
This time, the defense needed Herbert, Arroyo and Cristobal to carry the team in a time of need. Oregon promptly marched down the field on a play, yard drive that was capped by a Cyrus Habibi-Likio touchdown run from 14 yards out.
What kept the Ducks afloat, though, occurred on a third-and at the Washington yard line three plays earlier. Washington sent five, and Oregon right tackle Calvin Throckmorton was beat by his man. But Herbert, with pressure in his face, still was able to deliver a dart on an out route to true freshman wideout Mycah Pittman for a first down—a throw that deserved every bit of his potential early draft pick reputation.
Washington then responded with a Peyton Henry yard field goal with remaining in the third quarter, and the scoreboard read 31—21 in favor of the host. The Ducks needed another big drive, and immediately they faced a fourth-and-one decision from their own yard line.
This was a gamble that Cristobal may have shied away from in the past, however this time around, he kept his offense on the field. Arroyo devised a beautiful play, having Pittman motion to the backfield from the left-hand side of the field.
Herbert faked a hand-off to his right and Pittman reversed course, with Herbert then finding his receiver in the flat with plenty of room and multiple blockers in front. Pittman easily reached the end zone, and Oregon cut the deficit to three as the third quarter came to an end.
Herbert smartly kept the zone read and connected with a previously in-motion Jaylon Redd in the flat. Redd was barely able to get the nose of the football across the goal line before his knee hit the ground.
The extra point gave Oregon a 35—31 advantage with remaining, its first lead since the first drive of the game. The defense came through to finish off the comeback, with Washington quarterback Jacob Eason failing to connect with true freshman wideout Puka Nacua on fourth-and-3 from the Oregon yard line though there was some contact on the play.
The dramatic victory over its rival gives Oregon firm control of the Pac North, as its path to Santa Clara for the Pac championship game is essentially wrapped up in mid-October.
There is at least one legitimately top-tier contender out west, with a possible second one emerging in Salt Lake City.