Winners and losers from Saturday’s pre-Christmas bowl games

8Settling into our holiday comfort zones

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While many of us settle into our holiday comfort zones and prepare for the festivities next week, a group of college football teams provided the entertainment Saturday.

We saw an NCAA record-tying performance in the first game of the afternoon. That same game provided one of the biggest losers of the early bowl season, too.

The second game of the day — between Houston and Army — was a lopsided disaster for one team, and potentially its head coach. Closing out the evening Buffalo and Troy engaged in a spirited battle that came down to some big plays in the final moments.

We also saw a kicker pull off an incredible feat on an onside kick and perhaps the worst facemask penalty ever.

These are the biggest winners and losers from the pre-Christmas bowl games on Saturday.