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Top 50 Bowl Performances: No. 26 to 50
25. Marshall QB Rakeem Cato
Cato spearheaded a rout of Northern Illinois in the Boca Raton Bowl with 306 total yards, five total touchdowns and no turnovers.
24. Utah QB Travis Wilson
Wilson spearheaded Utah’s Las Vegas Bowl blowout of Colorado State by accounting for 249 yards and four touchdowns, including three on the ground.
23. Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr.
Fowler was a terror in the Birmingham Bowl, hurrying East Carolina QB Shane Carden all afternoon, and sacking him three times.
22. Missouri DE Markus Golden
The Tigers’ disruptive Citrus Bowl MVP ripped through the Minnesota front wall for 10 tackles, four stops behind the line, 1.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.
21. Clemson QB Cole Stoudt
Seeking redemption for an erratic regular season, Stoudt fueled a Russell Athletic Bowl rout of Oklahoma by rushing for a score and completing 26-of-36 passes for 319 yards, three touchdowns and no picks.
20. USC CB Adoree’ Jackson
Jackson staked claim in the Holiday Bowl to being one of college football’s budding young superstars, making seven tackles, returning a kick 98 yards for a touchdown and catching three passes for 73 yards and a score.
19. Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr.
The Huskers’ valiant Holiday Bowl effort was led by Armstrong, who almost rallied the team back from an 18-point deficit by racking up a four touchdowns and a career-best 422 yards of total offense.
18. USC QB Cody Kessler
The Holiday Bowl MVP led his Trojans to a 45-42 victory by completing 23-of-39 passes for 321 yards, three touchdowns to three different receivers and a pick.
17. UCLA RB Paul Perkins
Perkins was the MVP of the Alamo Bowl, rushing 20 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns, including a 67-yarder with 2:20 left to put away Kansas State for good.
16. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch
Lynch overcame three interceptions in the Miami Beach Bowl by accounting for seven touchdowns and 344 yards in a thrilling double-overtime win against BYU.
15. Georgia Tech RB Synjyn Days
The former quarterback continued his season-ending tear in the Orange Bowl, leading the Yellow Jackets’ offensive charge versus Mississippi State with 171 yards and three scores on the ground.
14. Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford
Langford helped rally the Spartans back from a 20-point Cotton Bowl deficit to Baylor by rushing for 162 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries.
13. Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg
Hackenberg finished a rocky sophomore year on a high note, beating Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl with four touchdown passes, including the game-winner in OT, 371 yards and no picks on 34-of-50 passing.
12. Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen
Allen closed his rookie year as an Aggie in style, earning Liberty Bowl MVP by accounting for five touchdowns, four through the air, and 327 yards in a win over West Virginia.
11. Louisiana Tech DE Houston Bates
The mere look of his former teammates apparently lit a spark under Bates, who registered a career day against his old team, Illinois. He was unstoppable in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, racking up 5.5 stops for minus yards and 4.5 sacks.
10. LSU RB Leonard Fournette
The rookie sensation shined in his first bowl game, rushing for 143 yards and two touchdowns on only 11 carries, while taking a kickoff back 100 yards in a loss to Notre Dame.
9. Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush
Fueled by a remarkable fourth-quarter surge, Rush nearly rallied the Chippewas back from a 35-point Bahamas Bowl deficit, throwing for 485 yards and seven touchdowns on 28-of-45 passing.
8. Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas
The Yellow Jackets capped an improbable season with an equally improbable Orange Bowl spanking of Mississippi State. None of it would have been possible without Thomas, who wrecked the Bulldogs for 171 yards and three scores on the ground and 125 yards and a touchdown through the air.
7. Toledo RB Kareem Hunt
No running back was more productive this postseason than Hunt, who racked up 271 yards five touchdowns on 32 carries in the GoDaddy Bowl win over Arkansas State.
6. Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty
Doughty was nearly perfect in the Bahamas Bowl, and had to be to hold off Central Michigan, 49-48. He completed 31-of-42 for 486 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
5. Baylor QB Bryce Petty
Petty delivered a record-setting Cotton Bowl versus one of the nation’s toughest defenses. The senior closed out his Bear career by peppering Michigan State for 550 yards and three touchdowns on 36-of-51 passing, while also plunging ahead for a rushing score.
4. Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon
It was vintage Gordon in the Outback Bowl, rushing for 251 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries to help guide the Badgers to an upset of Auburn. Gordon finished second all-time to Barry Sanders in rushing yards in a single season.
3. Georgia RB Nick Chubb
The precocious Georgia rookie rushed for more yards than any other SEC back in a bowl game, 266, and two touchdowns on 33 carries. And he did it against Louisville’s second-ranked run D to spearhead a Belk Bowl blowout.
2. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota
There was no such thing as a Heisman jinx in the Rose Bowl for Mariota, who engineered a 59-20 shredding of Florida State with 62 yards and a touchdown on the ground and 26-of-36 passing for 338 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.
1. Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott
Elliott established a new Sugar Bowl record with 230 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, becoming the first player to rush for more than 200 yards against Alabama in 11 years.
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