Skip to content

Arizona scores twice in final two minutes to beat Nevada in New Mexico Bowl

Hill Dozier AP

Good thing we didn’t have the Gildan New Mexico Bowl listed as one of our worst non-BCS bowls, you guys. Otherwise, we might have prematurely labeled it one of the snoozers of this bowl season and looked like a bunch of idiots.

Oh, we did? Whoops.

Which is what Nevada coach Chris Ault might be muttering to himself after allowing Arizona to score 14 points in less than two minutes to give the Wildcats a stunning and totally awesome 49-48 win over the Wolf Pack to kick off bowl season. Nevada looked to have the game secured with a 25-yard field goal with 1:48 remaining to give the Wolf Pack a 13-point lead. But, seeing as defense had been largely “optional” throughout much of the game, that gave way to the joke that’s also somewhat serious: perhaps Nevada had left a bit too much time on the clock.

A quick scoring drive by Arizona aided by some prevent defense and a successful onside kick not only allowed Rich Rodriguez‘s team to get back in the game, but to pull ahead with just 19 seconds remaining in the game. Ironically, the offensive showdown ended in a defensive play when Marquis Flowers intercepted a Cody Fajardo.

It was a game that had it all, including fighting! Arizona nose tackle Tevin Hood and linebacker Cody Ippolito exchanged some blows on the sideline in the first half with the Wildcats down early. Football is an emotional sport and there’s nothing particularly special about teammates fighting, but HEY IF YOU’RE DONE HITTING THE OTHER TEAM HIT YOUR TEAMMATES AMIRITE?

Arizona finishes its first season under Rodriguez with an 8-5 record and a win over USC, which was a top-10 team at the time. It’s a four-game turnaround from the 4-8 campaign a year ago. Nevada finishes the season at 7-6.

Permalink 11 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Arizona Wildcats, Mountain West Conference, Nevada Wolf Pack, Pac-12 Conference, Rumor Mill, Top Posts
11 Responses to “Arizona scores twice in final two minutes to beat Nevada in New Mexico Bowl”
  1. igottz5onit says: Dec 15, 2012 5:35 PM

    I hope any if the BCS games are half as exciting as this one was, but my expectations are tempered.

  2. detroit20iron says: Dec 15, 2012 5:40 PM

    Fun game to watch

  3. trapshoot says: Dec 15, 2012 5:51 PM

    Almost turned it off after Nevadas’ last score. Unbelievable ending. Scott redeemed himself for his play against Arizona State. Great win!

  4. thefiesty1 says: Dec 15, 2012 5:57 PM

    Where’s the defense? Oh wait, that’s for the NC game.

  5. polegojim says: Dec 15, 2012 6:17 PM

    Naw Ben… you were right… all 25 people in the stands also agreed with you.

    Only thing made it worth watching was… well… there was no other football to watch.

    Typical Rich Rodriguez… ZERO defense… soooo glad his butt is GONE from Michigan.

    The Nevada prevent D… prevented a win… yet again.

  6. lsuzilla says: Dec 15, 2012 6:29 PM

    I quit watching when Nevada got a first town with about 2-3 minutes left. Shocked to find out later that I missed a great comeback.

  7. sbmcintosh36 says: Dec 15, 2012 8:04 PM

    So Carey adds another 178 to his total and still no one talks about him???
    Maybe if UA gets a defense in the near future they will be relevant again

  8. 35longmiles says: Dec 15, 2012 11:07 PM

    The god damn prevent defense is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. It CLEARLY cost Nevada the win.

  9. manchestermiracle says: Dec 16, 2012 12:27 PM

    manchestermiracle says:
    Dec 4, 2012 2:29 PM
    “Okay, I’ll go out on a limb here: Just like the regular season some of these will be blowouts and some will be close. Good luck figuring out in advance which will be which. The most anticipated games might end up not being as compelling as one or two that many thought would be lousy….”

    One down….

  10. polegojim says: Dec 16, 2012 8:20 PM

    Pathetic game.

    Anyone who thinks this was ‘football’ should be embarrassed.

  11. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 17, 2012 8:52 AM

    Ault just got outcoached…bottom line.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!