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40 numbers to know from bowl season

During a span of 15 days, 80 FBS teams participated in 40 pre-national championship bowl games. If you missed any of the action, we have you covered with the 40 numbers you need to know from bowl season.

40: Games played - 40 games encompassing 141 hours were played in a two-week span. Sure, there were blowouts, but there were also a number of spectacular individual and team performances outlined below.

39: Rocky Top rout - Tennessee beat Northwestern by 39 points in the Outback Bowl, the largest bowl win in school history.

38: Alabama shutout - Alabama beat Michigan State 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl, advancing to the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday. The 38-point win is the largest shutout in Cotton Bowl history.

37: Lynch’s forgettable day - Paxton Lynch, No. 1 quarterback on Mel Kiper’s and Todd McShay’s draft boards, threw 37 passes in Memphis’ Birmingham Bowl loss to Auburn. He had season lows in both completion percentage (43.2 percent) and Total QBR (22.5).

36: Alabama loves bowling - Alabama’s victory against Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl improved its bowl record to 36-24-3, more bowl wins than any other program.

35: Utah’s points off turnovers - Utah scored 35 points off five BYU turnovers in the first 11 minutes of the Las Vegas Bowl, the most points scored off turnovers in a bowl game in at least the past 10 seasons. BYU went on to score 28 unanswered points to end the game, but the Utes’ lead was too large to overcome.

34: Michigan’s rout - Michigan’s 34-point win against Florida was the fourth-largest margin of victory in a bowl game for the storied program.

33: Scooby Wright’s impact - No. 33 for Arizona, Scooby Wright III, recorded 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in his final game for the Wildcats. He single-handedly took over the game late to seal the victory for the Wildcats.

32: Not so Sunny in El Paso, Texas - It was freezing (give or take a few degrees) and snowing at the Hyundai Sun Bowl, which featured the warm-weather Miami Hurricanes and the Washington State Cougars.

31: TCU’s improbable comeback - TCU rallied from a 31-0 halftime deficit to beat Oregon 47-41 in triple overtime in the Valero Alamo Bowl. TCU tied the largest comeback win in a bowl game in FBS history, matching the 2006 Insight Bowl in which Texas Tech defeated Minnesota.

30: Jefferson nearly reaches 300 - Baylor’s Johnny Jefferson was one yard shy of becoming the second player to rush for 300 yards in FBS bowl history. He ended the day with a career-high 299 rush yards, 72 more than any other player this bowl season.

29: Year of chalk - FPI favorites went 29-11 this bowl season, the highest winning percentage for FPI favorites in bowls since 2007.

28: Florida’s second-half yards - Michigan held Florida to 28 total second-half yards in its 41-7 Citrus Bowl win. That amounts to three three-and-outs and a turnover on downs.

27: New Year’s sleepers - The average margin of victory in the eight New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bowl games was 27 points. No game was decided by fewer than 14 points. … Yawn.

26: Who needs six wins? - The 5-7 teams participating in bowls -- San Jose State, Nebraska and Minnesota -- combined to go 3-0 with a combined scoring margin of 26 points. One hopes that doesn’t mean more bowls are on the horizon.

25: Prescott goes out on top - In his final college game, Dak Prescott completed 25 passes, including a Mississippi State bowl-record four touchdowns, in the Bulldogs’ 23-point rout of NC State. Prescott leaves Stark Vegas with 38 Mississippi State records to his name.

24: McCaffrey’s touches - Christian McCaffrey needed only 24 touches to amass 368 all-purpose yards, the most in a Rose Bowl and fourth-most in any bowl game.

23: Beamer’s bowl streak – Frank Beamer won his final game at Virginia Tech, finishing a 23rd consecutive winning season at his alma mater. The Hokies sent him out in style by scoring 55 points, a school record for a bowl game.

22 (+7): Ford’s receiving yards - Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford led all receivers this bowl season with 227 receiving yards in the Hokies’ 55-52 Independence Bowl win.

21: One more number on TCU’s comeback - TCU had on average a 21 percent chance to win across all of its plays, the lowest average win probability in a bowl win since Texas Tech’s 31-point comeback against Minnesota in 2006.

20 (+0): Lamar Jackson’s big day - Louisville’s Lamar Jackson became the third quarterback to run and throw for at least 200 yards in a bowl game, joining Vince Young in 2006 and Johnny Manziel in 2012.

19: Henry’s streak - Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry rushed for two touchdowns in the Cotton Bowl to extend his streak to 19 games with a rushing touchdown. It's the longest-active streak in the FBS.

18: Wisconsin’s National Holiday Bowl win - Joel Stave completed 18 passes and posted a 93 Total QBR in Wisconsin’s 23-21 win against USC. It was Stave’s 31st career win as Wisconsin’s starting quarterback, breaking the school record held by Brooks Bollinger.

17: Tigers’ win streak - Clemson knocked off Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday. It was the Tigers’ 17th straight win, tied for the second-longest streak in ACC history.

16: Big Ten championship hangover - The teams that met in the Big Ten championship game scored 16 points and lost by a combined margin of 83-16 in their bowl games.

15: Blowouts galore! - The average margin of victory this bowl season was 15.9 points, the most in any bowl season in at least the past 10 seasons. There were 15 games decided by more than 16 points and nine decided by more than 24 points.

14: Group of 5 bragging rights - Greg Ward Jr. led Houston to a 14-point victory against Florida State in the Peach Bowl. It was the Group of 5’s second straight win in a New Year’s Six Bowl.

13: Duke ends the drought - Duke ended a 54-year drought with its Pinstripe Bowl win against Indiana on a (maybe?) missed field goal in the final seconds. The Blue Devils had lost their five bowl appearances during that stretch by an average of 13 points.

12: Boise’s dominant defense - Boise State forced a punt or turnover on all 12 of Northern Illinois’ offensive drives (excludes end-of-half kneel). The Huskies gained 33 total yards, and the Broncos posted the highest defensive efficiency rating (99.1 out of 100) of bowl season.

11: Watson’s impact - Accounting for his usage and efficiency, Deshaun Watson contributed 11.1 more points to his team’s scoring margin than would be expected of an average quarterback with the same number of plays against Oklahoma.

10: Kelly moves up the SEC leaderboard - Jim Kelly who? Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly (No. 10) passed Tim Tebow, Cam Newton and Dak Prescott for the third-most yards in a season in SEC history with his performance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. He racked up 4,542 yards of total offense in the 2015 season.

9: Cactus Bowl Classic - West Virginia and Arizona State combined for more than 900 passing yards and nine passing touchdowns in the Mountaineers’ 43-42 win. Based on each team’s chance to win throughout the game, it was the closest game of this bowl season.

8: SEC bowl wins - The SEC went 8-2 with a plus-16.7 scoring margin in bowl games, the best record by any conference with one game remaining. The SEC West went 6-1 in bowls after going 2-5 last season.

7: Baylor rushing touchdowns - No quarterback, no problem. Baylor amassed a bowl-record 645 rushing yards and scored seven rushing touchdowns to beat North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

6: Goff goes nuts - Jared Goff is off to the NFL, but he went out with a bang, passing for 467 yards and six touchdowns in Cal’s 55-36 win against Air Force. He's the fifth quarterback in FBS history to throw for at least six touchdowns in a bowl game.

5: Fournette total touchdowns - Leonard Fournette tied the record for most total touchdowns in a bowl game as he added to his highlight reel with five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) against Texas Tech.

4: Elliott’s rushing touchdowns - In his final college game, Ezekiel Elliott ran for 149 yards and tied a Fiesta Bowl record with four rushing touchdowns as Ohio State beat Notre Dame.

3: Reynolds breaks touchdown record - Keenan Reynolds ran for three touchdowns in Navy’s 44-28 win against Pittsburgh. With those three touchdowns, Reynolds set the record for most touchdowns from scrimmage in major college history (88).

2: And then there were two... - Clemson and Alabama face off in the final bowl game of the season -- the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday. Alabama is seeking its 11th national championship in the poll era (since 1936), and Clemson is looking to win its second championship, its first since 1981.

1: Who will be No. 1? - ESPN’s Football Power Index gives the Crimson Tide a 61 percent chance to win, while the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has set the line with an even greater margin (minus-seven) ... but anything can happen Monday night in Glendale, Arizona.

- Compiled by Sharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information