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Crunching numbers: Scoreboard sizzles in Belk, Birmingham Bowls

Virginia Tech’s Curtis Williams (28) celebrates as coach Justin Fuente raises the trophy following the Hokies’ 35-24 win over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.
Virginia Tech’s Curtis Williams (28) celebrates as coach Justin Fuente raises the trophy following the Hokies’ 35-24 win over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. The Associated Press

The South Florida Bulls worked overtime to beat the South Carolina Gamecocks 46-39 in the Birmingham Bowl on Thursday in Alabama. Not to be outdone, Virginia Tech pulled off the largest comeback in its 124-year history in beating Arkansas 35-24 in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. The four teams put up some impressive numbers. Here is a look behind the box scores of Thursday’s games.

0: Points scored by Arkansas in the second half.

1: The number of Virginia Tech comebacks from 24-points down in the 124-year history of its football program.

2: Touchdown runs for Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans.

2: Touchdown passes for Evans and South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers.

3: Touchdown runs for Flowers.

3: Touchdown passes for South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley.

4: Turnovers by Arkansas.

5: Turnovers by South Carolina.

14: Catches for South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel.

24: Virginia Tech’s halftime deficit against Arkansas.

105: Rushing yards for Flowers.

115: Receiving yards for Virginia Tech’s Cam Phillips on six catches.

190: Receiving yards for Samuel.

390: Passing yards for Bentley.

716: Combined yards between Arkansas and Virginia Tech.

950: Combined yards between South Florida and South Carolina.

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