PASADENA, Calif. — Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor made more statistical history.

But it was Oregon running back CJ Verdell, despite not being able to repeat his most valuable player performance from the Pac-12 championship game against Utah, that wore a winning smile after the Rose Bowl.

Justin Herbert was actually the most effective runner during the Ducks’ 28-27 victory over the Badgers on Wednesday afternoon.

Taylor finished with 94 yards on 21 carries (4.5 yards per), giving the junior 2,003 yards this season and 6,174 for his career, which ranks fourth in FBS history.

The junior, a two-time Doak Walker winner, will likely leave for the NFL without a Rose Bowl win.

“When you get to the Rose Bowl you want to cap it off with a win,” said Taylor, who finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting. “Definitely emotional moment in the locker room when you have your final game of the season and you don't come out with the win.”

Verdell, who had 208 yards and three touchdowns in the 37-15 victory over the Utes, was held to 49 yards on 17 carries (2.9 yards per).

Herbert’s 29 yards rushing and three touchdowns proved to be the difference for Oregon, which won despite producing a season-low 204 yards of offense, the fewest in the Rose Bowl since 1979.

“The offensive line and the defensive line deserve a ton of credit because I think Wisconsin is an excellent football team,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “They are. They're physical, they're tough, they're well-coached. All the respect in the world for them.”

No Redd zone

Oregon wide receiver Jaylon Redd did not dress for the game due to “personal reasons.”

True freshman Mycah Pittman, who suffered a broken arm on Nov. 16 against Arizona, started in Redd’s place and finished with four catches for 30 yards.

Senior graduate transfer Juwan Johnson, who who lost a Rose Bowl to USC while playing for Penn State, led the Ducks with five receptions for 66 yards. His 28-yard catch on the final drive sealed the win.

Notable

• The Ducks are 4-4 all-time in Rose Bowl games and 3-3 in their all-time series with Wisconsin.

• The teams were a combined 8-of-27 on third down, including 0-of-11 on third-and-6 or longer.

• This was the 10th Rose Bowl game decided by one point and the first since 2005 (Texas 38, Michigan 37).

• Rich Brooks, the coach of the 1994 Oregon team that ended the program’s 37-year Rose Bowl drought, attended the game 25 years after the Ducks’ 38-20 loss to Penn State.

• The injured Ducks who were on the sideline but not in uniform were tight ends Cam McCormick and Jacob Breeland, linebacker Gus Cumberlander, offensive lineman Dawson Jaramillo and quarterback Cale Millen.

Quotable

“Growing up I was always the biggest Duck fan, so I grew up watching guys like Joey Harrington, Jeremiah Masoli, Darron Thomas, Marcus Mariota,” Herbert said. “And I think Marcus and Joey are such great examples of men off the field, and I look up to them so much. And for them to reach out, it's meant the world to us. And those are the guys that I want to be like when I'm older.”