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Washington Bettors Get Miracle Backdoor Cover in Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State

Jan 02, 2019 7:50 AM EST

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Myles Gaskin

  • Washington trailed 28-3 in the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl and stormed back to cover the spread for most bettors.
  • Ohio State almost returned an intercepted 2-point conversion to flip the script and deliver Huskies' backers a bad beat, but came up short.

Washington was one of the least popular bowl bets in the past few years. So if you were one of the few on the Huskies, you went on a wild ride in the fourth quarter.

Washington trailed 28-3 entering the final frame before ripping off 20-straight points, including this touchdown with less than 60 seconds left, to get inside the number.

The Huskies closed at +5.5 at Pinnacle, but were +4.5 for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon, and as high as +7 earlier in the day.

It was a tremendous backdoor cover for Washington, but gut-wrenching drama came into play on the 2-point conversion after the Huskies made it 28-23. They wanted to make it a field goal game with about 40 seconds left.

Ohio State’s Brendon White intercepted Washington’s Jake Browning and returned it to about midfield before being tackled. Had he taken it all the way, the Buckeyes would have gone up 30-23 and covered almost every spread. It reached -7 several times, including Tuesday morning, but was bet down to -6.5 quickly.

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