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New Mexico Bowl

Arizona Arizona (8-5) 49
Nevada Nevada (7-6) 48

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Game Recap

by CFP Staff
December 15, 2012

Arizona and Nevada opened the bowl season in frenetic style as the Wildcats scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 42 seconds to deal the Wolf Pack a heartbreaking 49-48 loss in the seventh annual New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.

Arizona improved its all-time bowl record to 7-9-1 while Nevada sank to 4-9.

Rich Rodriguez's team notched the victory to end his first season with Arizona at 8-5. Nevada fell to 7-6.

Arizona overcame a pair of huge deficits. The Wildcats trailed 21-0 less than 11 minutes into the game, but went on their own 21-point flurry in a 6:43 span to tie it up. An exchange of touchdowns made it 28-28 before the Wolf Pack reeled off the next 17 points to take a 45-28 advantage into the 4th quarter.

Arizona cut it to 45-35 just 16 seconds into the final period and threatened to score on its next possession before an interception killed the drive. After an exchange of punts, Nevada increased its lead to 48-35 with only 1:48 to go on a 25-yard field goal.

Aided by two Wolf Pack penalties, Arizona drove 75 yards to cut the margin to 48-42 with 42 seconds left on a Matt Scott to Austin Hill pass and Marquis Flowers recovered the ensuing onside kick at the Wildcat 49. Passes of 28 and 21 yards to Garic Wharton and Hill set up Scott's 2-yard pass to Terrence Miller with 19 seconds left and the PAT gave Arizona the 49-48 lead. Flowers then intercepted Cody Fajardo on Nevada's first play to seal the improbable victory.


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