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New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Penn State 31, Boston College 30: By The Numbers

A statistical look at Boston College's 31-30 overtime loss to Penn State in the Pinstripe Bowl.

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2. Turnovers forced. Both fumbles. BC couldn't capitalize on the first fumble, but converted the second into 7 after marching 63 yards on just 4 plays. That drive was capped by Tyler Murphy's 40-yard zone-read keeper to put the Eagles up 21-7.

7. Boston College points off turnover. Murphy's 40-yard touchdown run put BC up 21-7 late in the third quarter.

0. BC turnovers. It was the fourth game this season that the Eagles didn't commit a turnover, joining losses to Clemson and Florida State and the victory over Virginia Tech.

285. Rushing yards on 46 carries, for an average of 6.2 yards a carry. Penn State came into the matchup giving up just 84.8 yards a game on the ground. BC only rushed for more yards per carry in two games this season: wins over Maine (6.45) and USC (8.37).

2. Boston College rushing touchdowns. For the 10th time this season, the Eagles found the end zone more than once on the ground.

3 and 4. Tyler Murphy and Jon Hilliman became the third and fourth players to gain over 100 yards on the PSU defense in 2014.

2. For the first time since 2006, two BC players rushed for 100 yards in the same game. Murphy and Hilliman tallied 105 and 148 yards, respectively. The last time BC accomplished the feat was on November 11, 2006 when L.V. Whitworth and Andre Callender ran for 118 and 105, respectively.

1. For the first time in BC history, the Eagles had two backs run for over 100 yards in a bowl game.

11. Murphy's 11th rushing TD of the season ties Matt Ryan for second on the school's career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback record list. Murphy needed just 13 games to accomplish the feat.

31. The Eagles have 31 rushing touchdowns this season.

57.9%. Murphy completed 57.9% of his passes (11-of-19), throwing for two touchdowns.

97. Yards passing for the Eagles. BC's passing offense was limited to less than 100 yards passing for the third time this season: 54 in the win over USC, 73 in the loss to Florida State.

30. Boston College scores 30 points in a bowl game for the first time since hanging 37 on Boise State in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, a span of seven bowl games.

1. First ever overtime bowl game for BC. It was the Nittany Lions' second overtime bowl game. Penn State is 2-0 in bowl games that have gone to OT. PSU also won the 2006 Orange Bowl, 26-23, in overtime.

4. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg threw for a career-high 4 touchdowns to lead the Nittany Lions to victory.

72. Chris Godwin's 72-yard touchdown catch from Christian Hackenberg was the second longest scoring play given up by the Eagles defense all season. UMass' Tajae Sharpe 77 yard touchdown catch from from Blake Frohnapfel in the season opener was the longest scoring play given up this year.

9-of-17. Penn State's offense converted on 9 of 17 third down opportunities, or 52.94%. Only UCF (10-of-18, 55.56%) and Massachusetts (10-of-17, 58.82%) surrendered a higher percentage of conversions to the Nittany Lions offense this year.

5-of-16. The BC offense was just 5-of-16 on third down opportunities, or 31.2%. Clemson (14.29%), USC (18.18%), Wake Forest (20.00%), Virginia Tech (23.08%), Pittsburgh (28.57%) held BC to a lower percentage on third downs. The 31.2% conversion percentage was down slightly from the Eagles' 35.96% average on the year...

2-of-3. ...though BC was 2-of-3 on fourth down conversions in the game.

8. The Eagles' defense has held teams under 100 rushing yards eight times in 2014, allowing Penn State just 82 rushing yards.

25-to-16. BC managed 19 first downs to Penn State's 25. The Eagles managed 19 first downs in each of their last two games of the regular season (at Florida State and Syracuse).

32:19 to 27:41. The Eagles won the time of possession battle, 32:19 to 27:41. After owning a 11:14 to 3:46 edge in TOP in the first quarter, BC won the next three quarters.

71. The Nittany Lions out-gained the Eagles by 71 yards, 453 to 382. Sure, the game went to OT, but fact remains the 453 yards were the most surrendered by Don Brown's dudes all season. Colorado State rolled up 430 yards on 65 plays in the Rams' 24-21 victory over BC back on September 27.

1/1. Field goals. Mike Knoll's 20-yarder late in the fourth quarter gave BC a 24-21 lead.

3/4. PATs for Mike Knoll. He finishes the year 13-of-15 on PATs.

4th. With 149 return yards on four attempts, Myles Willis ended his sophomore campaign ranked fourth in BC record books with 1,604 career return yards and seventh with 64 career returns.

42. Sherm Alston's 42-yard punt return was a career best for the true freshman.

9. Penalties against Boston College for 97 yards. The Eagles entered the game ranked sixth in the nation with just over four penalties per game.

5.8. Average yards per play for the offense, 0.1 better than Penn State's 5.7.

2. BC managed only two sacks on Hackenberg, for 14 yards. The Eagles' defense recorded just 1 sack in losses to Clemson and Louisville and none in losses to Pitt and Florida State.

5.0. Both teams registered 5.0 TFLs. BC's five for 18 yards; Penn State for 16.

9. Manuel Asprilla lead the way with 9 tackles for the Eagles (8 solo stops). Justin Simmons had 6.

13. The difference between the number of offensive plays Penn State ran (79) vs the number BC ran (66).

13-11. The Eagles fall to 13-11 in bowl games. BC has now lost five straight bowl games—to Penn State, Arizona, Nevada, USC, Vanderbilt—after rattling off 8 straight victories from 2000-2007.

49,012. Announced attendance. A Pinstripe Bowl record and the largest crowd at Yankee Stadium since September 22, 2013, Mariano Rivera Day (49,197). Announced attendance at Derek Jeter's final home game this year was 48,613. Last year's Pinstripe Bowl between Rutgers and Notre Dame drew 47,122.