The final horn sounded, signaling an epic Spartan victory over UConn and an exodus of delighted State fans onto the streets of East Lansing.
Just like previous years, a throng of about 2,000 packed Cedar Village, hooting and hollering. Just like previous years, the police were out in force, arresting those morons who threw stuff or tried to knock over stop signs.
But unlike previous years, that's where it ended. No riot. No tear gas. Just a proud celebration of what was a great day to be a Spartan.
And that's how it should be. Go out, have fun, scream your head off, but don't be an asshole and besmirch yourself, your community and your university's reputation. The CedarFest riot in 2008 was a black stain that will linger on for years. The best we can all hope for is that a lesson was learned.
With one more safe celebration Monday - win or lose - we'll know it has been.