Dillon Brooks played the role of hero late Wednesday night, hitting a three-pointer with 0.8 seconds left in regulation, giving No. 21 Oregon the upset of No. 2 UCLA, 89-87. The loss was the first of the season for the Bruins, as the Ducks win their Pac-12 conference opener. Brooks finished with 23 points and nine rebounds for Oregon, who improved to 12-2 overall. The Ducks have now won 10 in a row and hold the nation's second-longest home win streak at 34 games. The Bruins were unable to match their best start in 10 seasons, as they dropped to 13-1 on the year.
Louisville, Indiana Drop Conference Openers
The Louisville Cardinals opened up ACC play with a tough matchup at home against 12th-ranked Virginia. The Cavaliers got the best of the Cardinals on Wednesday, taking the conference opener, 61-53. Devon Hall had 10 points for Virginia, who led by as many as 21 in the first half, and improve to 11-1 on the season. The Cardinals' loss snaps a six-game win streak for them, as they sit at 11-2.
Meanwhile, in the Big Ten, No. 16 Indiana also dropped their conference opener at home, but this one in more upsetting fashion. The Hoosiers fell to unranked Nebraska, 87-83, for their third loss of the season. It is their second upset loss on the year, as they found themselves in the top ten of the rankings early on. The Cornhuskers were led by 26 points from Glynn Watson Jr., as well as Tai Webster's 21 points. Indiana saw their 26-game home win streak come to an end, as they comitted 19 turnovers in the loss.
West Virginia, Pitt Upset in Bowl Contests
Two ranked teams ended their college football season on the wrong note, beginning with No. 16 West Virginia in the Athletic Bowl. Brad Kaaya recorded four touchdowns, setting a Miami record, and leading the Hurricanes over the Mountaineers, 31-14. Miami gets their first bowl win in 10 years, ending their season at an impressive 9-4. Kaaya finished throwing 24 of 34 for 282 yards in the victory. Skyler Howard threw for 134 yards and a score for WVU, who dropped to 3-17 against the Hurricanes.
Elsewhere, No. 23 Pittsburgh fell short in the Pinstripe Bowl against Northwestern in a 31-24 loss on Wednesday. Justin Jackson ran for 226 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' win, just their third in a bowl game. The only other postseason victories in school history came in the 1948 Rose Bowl and the 2012 Gator Bowl. Pitt finishes the season at 8-5, while Northwestern ends just over .500 at 7-6.