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


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.

Report: Myles Jack leaves UCLA, will enter NFL Draft

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Well here’s a bit of a shocker for you this morning. UCLA running back Myles Jack has reportedly withdrawn from UCLA and will prepare to enter the NFL Draft in 2016. The news was first reported, via Twitter, by Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.

Jack has played linebacker and fullback for the Bruins, and his decision to turn pro now comes off feeling a bit strange. Head coach Jim Mora certainly questions the decision by Jack.

“I think it’s very risky to do this. There’s a lot of speculation to ….where he fits,” Mora explained, via Thamel. “I’ve been in 25 Draft rooms. I’ve never seen a guys taken off (two games of junior tape)… Myles’ talent is without question. I hope he’s put enough out there where they can get a true evaluation.”

Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury last month in a practice. The injury led USC Athletics Director Pat Haden to send him a letter wishing him well in a sign of good sportsmanship between conference and crosstown rivals. Perhaps the season-ending injury led Jack to consider the consequences of returning in 2016 in a UCLA uniform, with players not being compensated for their play. The question then becomes if Jack is a good enough talent to go in round one, or even round two, considering the latest injury situation for him.

Well, here is the instant opinion of our friend Josh Norris of Rotoworld and an NFL Draft analyst…

Jack was a two-time second team All-Pac-12 selection and Pac-12 Defensive and Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2013.

Hokies QB Brewer a gametime decision, but RB Williams out for the year

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Virginia Tech has been playing just about the whole season without starting quarterback Michael Brewer after the Hokies signal-caller broke his collarbone in the first game of the season. Now, Brewer is on his way back to the field. Brewer has been medically cleared to return to practice in Blacksburg. It may still be another few weeks until he gets back in a game for Virginia Tech.

Brewer broke his collarbone in Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Ohio State. Once he left the game, it seemed the Hokies were unable to give the defending national champions much of a fight for a second straight season. He was originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks of action, which would have meant a return for a Halloween game against Boston College as the earliest likely date. Virginia Tech has a bye week after the Boston College game, meaning Brewer could then be available for a Thursday night division game against Georgia Tech on November 12. Considering all of that, the chance Brewer might be available to play this Friday night against N.C. State is quite a pleasant surprise for a Virginia Tech team in need of some help after dropping to 2-3 after a second straight loss last weekend. Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Brewer could be a gametime decision for Frank Beamer.

The outlook is not quite as possible for Hokies running back Marshawn Williams. Williams will be out for the rest of the season after reinjuring his left knee in practice in late September. It is the same knee that was surgically repaired last December. Williams can use this season as his redshirt season as he has not played in a game this season. He will still have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the team next fall.