LSU’s victory on Tuesday in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl over UCF 40 – 32 snapped the nation’s longest winning streak at 25 games.
Those were the most important numbers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, but here are some other ones that you will find compelling and intriguing coming out of the game:
745 – that’s the number of days since UCF last lost a football game. It came on December 16th of 2016 in the Cure Bowl in Orlando in a defeat against Arkansas State.
22, 7. That would be the number of opponents that UCF defeated during the streak (Memphis four times) and the number of conferences those opponents came from over the last 2 years.
86 – the number of plays LSU ran on UCF taking a page out of the Knights book on how they’ve beaten so many of their opponents. 52 of those plays were runs for 161 yards
44:11- The Tigers time of possession in minutes for the game, as they critically killed much of the fourth quarter keeping UCF’s offense off the field and preventing any chance at a comeback.
10- the number of consecutive incompletions that red-shirt freshman quarterback Darriel Mack ended the game with, including his final pass that was intercepted with :20 left. Mack clearly has to develop as a passer, if UCF has hopes of contending in 2019.
93- the number of yards UCF’s Bam Moore covered with his first quarter interception return for a touchdown. That is the longest defensive score in the history of the Fiesta Bowl:
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0- the number of timeouts that LSU had remaining with over three minutes left in the third quarter. This after they had already blown two of them, and then, elected to challenge a fumbled punt that UCF recovered. Throughout the fourth quarter it looked as though not having those timeouts would end up being a factor. And sure enough, it became a one-score game in the final minutes with LSU unable to stop the clock and talk about anything.
67, 63, 78, 73 and 69– those were the length in yards of the five impressive scoring drives by quarterback Joe Burrow and the Tigers right after they trailed 14 – 3 in the first quarter. By the time it was over, they had reversed an 11 Point deficit into a 34-21 third quarter lead and never looked back.
While it seems like a long time, it will be here before we know it.
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