3. Justin Herbert’s weird day
If you had told Wisconsin before the Rose Bowl that Justin Herbert would complete 14-of-20 passes for 138 yards and a pick, and would be the team’s most dangerous and effective rushing threat, it would’ve assumed a nice and easy-breezy win.
But the 6-6 Herbert did his best Lamar Jackson impersonation – actually, he looked more like former Arkansas starter and first round draft pick as a receiver, Matt Jones – with three touchdown runs, including a 30-yard dash with just under eight minutes to play that would be the game-winner.
He might have been under pressure from a Badger defensive front that stayed in his face, and he was plagued by a few key drops, but he didn’t keep the chains moving, didn’t show off his NFL passing tools, and struggled to get the offense going.
He got into the end zone three times, though, and he only had the one interception on a strange early play.
And, after coming back for his senior season when he would’ve been a top ten pick in last year’s NFL Draft, he won a Pac-12 title, and he won the Rose Bowl.