So we decided to take a look at where each game stood in the record books.
Turns out, Army’s 70-14 win over Houston in the 2018 Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 22 sits at the top of both lists.
With the win, the Black Knights tied West Virginia’s 2012 record for most points by a single team in a bowl game and tied Tulsa’s 2008 record for the largest margin of victory.
Auburn managed to score the most points in a half in bowl history with 56 in the first half against Purdue, but the final score of 63-14 fell short of both of Army’s records.
Now let’s take a look at the rest of the leaderboards for some context.
One not-too-surprising fact: None of these records come from the College Football Playoff. The playoff has only been around since the 2014-15 season, and the highest score by any team actually came in the very first semifinal — the 2015 Rose Bowl, where Oregon beat Florida State 59-20. That game also set the record for the highest margin in playoff history.
But college football bowl games have been around for much longer, and the records for them can get a little crazier.
First, let’s start with the highest scores by a single team in regulation (Marshall did beat East Carolina 64-61 in the 2001 GMAC bowl, which would put them as the fifth-highest scoring team, but that game went to double overtime).
Here are the Top 13 highest scores by a single team in college football bowl game history:
|62||Arizona State||Navy||28||Kraft Fight Hunger||2012|
That West Virginia game set a handful of records, as Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith threw for six touchdowns and Tavon Austin caught four of them — both records. West Virginia’s 49 points in the first half was also a record, but that was broken on Dec. 28, 2018, as Auburn put up 56 in the first half against Purdue in the Music City Bowl.
But Army’s win was a bit more impressive statistically, especially considering one ridiculous stat: The Black Knights only attempted four passes all game. Instead, they rushed 58 times for 507 yards and eight touchdowns while holding the Cougars to just 320 total yards.
That game also sits atop the full list of the top bowl game margins:
|48||Boise State||55||Northern Ill.||7||Poinsettia||2015|
|47||Fla. Atlantic||50||Akron||3||Boca Raton||2017|
|45||Tulsa||55||Central Mich.||10||Miami Beach||2016|
|44||Oklahoma St.||58||Purdue||4||Heart of Dallas||2013|
|44||Fresno St.||51||Bowling Green||7||California||1985|
Tulsa is the only team that appears on the good side of this list twice, having won by at least 45 points twice in a bowl game. But again, Army is right there at the top, and the fact that the Black Knights scored seven more points than Tulsa gives them the edge here as well.