As confetti settled gently on his shoulders and head, Oregon offensive guard Carson York raised his crutches in the evening air and smiled the smile of someone no longer concerned about his just-torn patellar tendon.
"Between the painkillers and the win, I'm good," York said.
The win. Oregon 45, Wisconsin 38 in a Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO that set records for points scored, goose bumps and helmets that could have doubled as silver solar panels. None of the Ducks were feeling any pain after this one.
"Baby, we did it!" said Oregon center Hroniss Grasu, as he hugged York, who injured his right leg late in the third quarter.
"I love you," left tackle Darrion Weems said.
Wide receiver Josh Huff even brought the Rose Bowl trophy to him. York steadied himself on his crutches and then gave the polished silver football a big smooch.
Oregon hadn't won a Rose Bowl since 1917. That's Chicago Cubs/World Series-drought territory. And when it came to games that could elevate Oregon's program to elite status, the Ducks quacked up.
They lost the 2010 Rose Bowl to Ohio State.
They lost the 2011 BCS Championship to Auburn.
They lost their season opener to LSU.
And with 10:50 left in Monday night's game, the favored Ducks were losing to Wisconsin.
Maybe it was true. Maybe Oregon could win the little ones, the medium-sized ones, but not the big ones.