Arizona 49, Nevada 48

Matt Scott threw two short touchdown passes in the final 46

seconds and college football’s postseason started with a wild one

when Arizona rallied past Nevada 49-48 Saturday in the New Mexico

Bowl.

Overcoming a slow start and three big turnovers, Arizona (8-5)

recovered an onside kick in the last minute, setting up Scott’s

2-yard toss to Terrence Miller with 19 seconds left for the winning

score.

Arizona trailed 21-0 in the first quarter and was down 45-28

entering the final period. Scott threw for 382 yards and marched

his team back into the game despite two earlier interceptions.

The nation’s rushing leader, Ka’Deem Carey, gained 172 yards for

the Wildcats and but fell short of becoming only the 16th running

back in NCAA history to reach 2,000 yards in a season.

The teams combined for 1,237 total yards, the second most of any

bowl game.

Cody Fajardo threw for three touchdowns and ran for another

score to lead the Wolf Pack (7-6). He had 256 yards passing and 140

yards rushing and controlled most of the game, completing 22 of 32

throws.

Stefphon Jefferson, the nation’s second-leading rusher, ran for

180 yards for Nevada and also seemed unstoppable as the Wolf Pack

took a 21-0lead and held on to it for most of the game.

But after forcing Nevada to kick a field goal with 1:48 left,

Scott drove the Wildcats down 75 yards in about a minute. Arizona

then recovered an onside kick and Scott marched Arizona into the

end zone after three plays and 51 yards.

Rich Rodriguez, in his first season as Arizona head coach, is

now 3-5 in bowl game appearances.

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