Bo Nix Oregon quarterback Bo Nix looks up at the scoreboard after the victory against Oregon State at Autzen Stadium Friday, Nov. 24, 2023.

Bo Nix and the Oregon Ducks saw their College Football Playoff hopes shatter last weekend with a close loss to the Washington Huskies in the Pac-12 Championship game. And it was clearly an emotional loss for Nix.

In the game’s final moments, Bo Nix could be seen with a towel over his head sitting silently as his team fell just short, and he opened up about some of those emotions this week.

“Well, football is a tough game,” Nix said according to On3. “Sometimes you put it all out there and you come up short. There at the end it was just one of those things where you want the moment to last longer than what it can. Even though we lost, it was one of those type of games that it was really fun to play in.”

Nix explained that emotions of the loss came on suddenly, because toward the end of the game, “it just happens very quickly.”

“It was just a shocking end,” Nix said. “It’s tough when you’re so used to go, go, go, go, go. When it ends, it just happens very quickly. I got all the respect in the world for Michael. He’s played his butt off this year. I respect him a lot because I know how it is to play through some adversity, to play when you’re not necessarily feeling your best. He showed up tonight and he did a really good job of making the explosive play when he needed it. That just shows what kind of team they are. They battled in a lot of games down the stretch and they pulled them all out. So that’s a really good football team.

“I think what sometimes hurts is when you put it all out there and it’s still not good enough.”

It may not have been the result Nix wanted, but it was still a wonderful final season for the Oregon quarterback as he led his team to the Pac-12 title game and had the Ducks in College Football Playoff contention until the very end.