In December of 2011 and January of 2012, fans of college football and EA SPORTS NCAA Football 12 helped cover all 35 Bowl Games here at STAT BOX STORIES for the BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL. This week, we’re taking a look at some of the statistics that came out of those 35 games. In today’s installment, we look at individual player Rushing statistics.
When it comes to running backs and statistics in the BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL, a number of players had incredible performances. This begins with the player who had the most carries in a single game, HB #24 of Toledo, who ran the ball 40 times in the Military Bowl. Cincinnati’s HB #23 and Alabama’s HB #3 each ran the ball 35 times in their respective Bowl Games, with Tulsa’s HB #8 coming in with 34 carries in an Armed Forces Bowl game that went to double overtime. All spots on this Top 10 belonged to human-controlled players; eight of these performances came while I was at the controls.
For running backs with the highest yardage total, HB #24 of Toledo again takes top billing with an incredible 262-yard performance against Air Force in the Military Bowl. The next highest performance was Oklahoma State’s HB #1, who turned in 206 yards against Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl, followed by Cincinnati HB #23 and his 203 yards in the Liberty Bowl. Three computer-controlled players cracked this Top 10, though only one player found himself on the winning side: Marshall’s HB #29 in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.
Incredibly, three separate running backs put up four-touchdown games in the BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL: HB #23 of Cincinnati, HB #13 of West Virginia, and HB #28 of Michigan. Three running backs scored three times–HB #1 of Oklahoma State, HB #24 of NC State, and HB #20 of Cal–while a number of backs rushed for two touchdowns, including stud halfback HB #24 of Toledo who took top billing in the previous two statistical categories. With this Top 10 list, computer-controlled players were again shut out of the top performers.
Last but not least, the top yards-per-carry average of the BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL went to Georgia Tech’s HB #17, who rushed for an average of 12.8 yards per carry on 10 carries in the Sun Bowl. Computer-controlled players took the #2 and #3 spots–Iowa State’s HB #32 rushing for 11.3 yards per carry and Air Force’s HB #16 rushing for 10.6 yards per carry–before the next human-controlled player came in at #4, Penn State HB #21.
With another day of statistics in the books recapping the BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL here at STAT BOX STORIES, only one position remains to be chronicled on an individual basis: quarterbacks!