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New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College vs. Penn State: By The Numbers

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A first look at Boston College vs. Penn State.

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3. Boston College is one of three teams in the nation that rank in the top 15 in both rushing offense and rushing defense. BC's 251.8 yards/game ranks 14th, while the defense's 94.8 yards/game ranks fourth.

12th. Boston College's defense ranks 12th nationally in total defense, surrendering 312.8 yards per game.

9th. The Eagles rank 9th in the nation in kickoff returns, averaging 24.55 yards per return.

2,115-284. In BC's seven wins this season, the Eagles have out-rushed opponents, 2,115-284. Is that good I think that's good.

89.50. Boston College QB Tyler Murphy ranks third in the nation for rushing yards for a quarterback, averaging 89.5 per game on the ground. Only Navy's Keenan Reynolds (120.22) and Georgia Southern's Kevin Ellison (90.17) have rushed for more yards per game this season. Both Navy and Georgia Southern run the triple-option.

36th. Both BC and Penn State head into the Pinstripe Bowl ranked 36th nationally in total sacks with 30 (2.5 a game). The Eagles have the slight edge in sack yards, 210 to 200.

128th. Boston College ranks DFL in the nation in PAT kicking, converting on just 82.1 percent of all attempts (32-of-39). Penn State is tied for first in the nation on PATs, a perfect 24-of-24.

5th. The Eagles are among the least penalized teams in the nation and rank 5th nationally in that category this week. BC is averaging just 4.1 penalties a game for a 33.4 yards per game average.

57. Jeff Sagarin ranks Boston College's strength of schedule 57th best in the nation this week. Penn State is close behind at 62.

37-40-2. Boston College is 37-40-2 all-time against current members of the Big Ten. Thanks Maryland (8-3-0) and Rutgers (19-6-1).

1-0. The Eagles are 1-0 in bowl games vs. current Big Ten members. BC's only bowl game against a Big Ten opponent came in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl vs. Michigan State (W 24-21).

24. The 2014 Pinstripe Bowl marks the 24th bowl appearance for Boston College in program history. The Eagles are 13-10 in those games but has lost four straight bowl games.

1. Penn State's defense ranks best nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 84.8 yards a game. Strength on strength.

2. Penn State's defense is statistically one of the best in the nation, ranking second in total defense. The Nittany Lions' defense allows just 269.8 yards per game. Only Clemson has allowed fewer yards per game (259.6).

117. The Nittany Lions offense ranks 117th nationally in total offense, averaging 325.5 yards per game. The only BC 2014 opponent which ranks below Penn State is Wake Forest (dead last, 128th, with 216.3 yards per game).

149-86-10. Penn State is 149-86-10 all-time against current members of the ACC. The Nittany Lions have played every ACC school except Duke and Virginia Tech.

3-2-1. The Nittany Lions are 3-2-1 in bowl games vs. current ACC members. Penn State last faced a team from the ACC in the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl, defeating Florida State 26-23 in triple overtime.

45. Penn State will be making its 45th bowl appearance, tied for 9th nationally. Its 27 "on-field" bowl wins are tied with Georgia and Texas.

8. Penn State will be playing in New York City for the eighth time overall and the first time since a 75-0 (!) win against Fordham in 1947. Penn State played twice in the old Yankee Stadium, tying West Virginia, 13-13, in 1923, and falling to Georgia Tech, 16-7, in 1925.

2-0. Penn State is 2-0 vs. Addazio as a head coach. Both wins came against Addazio while coaching at Temple: 14-10 and 24-13.

48-7. Penn State beat UMass 48-7 in the only meeting between shared opponents in 2014. Boston College defeated the Minutemen 30-7 in the season opener at Gillette Stadium.

19-4. Penn State leads the all-time series between the two long-time Eastern independents 19-4, though the Eagles have won the last three in the series.

49,542. Yankee Stadium's capacity for football.

47,122. Record attendance for the Pinstripe Bowl, set during last year's Notre Dame-Rutgers matchup.