Justin Herbert is an Oregon legend. That much, no matter what would've happened in the Rose Bowl, was never up for debate.
The hometown kid became the starter as a true freshman and blossomed into a touted NFL prospect. He amassed the second-most passing yards and touchdowns in school history while turning around a program that finished 4-8 in 2016 to end 12-2 in 2019.
As a senior, he guided Oregon to a Pac-12 title and won the William V. Campbell Trophy—better known as the "Academic Heisman." And on Wednesday in Pasadena, he helped the Ducks defeat Wisconsin 28-27 and win their first Rose Bowl in five seasons.