ALBUQUERQUE — With less than two minutes to play and Colorado State down by eight points, Shaquil Barrett knew the Rams needed the ball back quickly to finish an improbable comeback against Washington State.
John Bonano did more than win a game when he hit two PATs and one onside kick in the final minute of Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl.
While his Arizona Wildcats celebrated Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl win over Nevada, Daniel Jenkins took a knee and stared at the University Stadium scoreboard.
After Nevada blew a 13-point lead in the last 46 seconds to lose the New Mexico Bowl to the Arizona Wildcats, the players looked dazed, but maybe not surprised.
Arizona's Marquis Flowers shows he recovered the ball after an onside kick against Nevada, which set up the winning TD and extra-point kick.
The Arizona Wildcats have already scattered for the holidays, flying home to California and Texas and Louisiana or driving north to Phoenix for a few weeks without football.
The Arizona defense next season will build around linebacker Jake Fischer, who stopped Nevada running back Nick Hale before the goal line in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl. Fischer is one of 17 starters who return in 2013.
ALBUQUERQUE - Moments after the Arizona Wildcats took a one-point lead over Nevada in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl, center Kyle Quinn walked to his customary spot on the bench, threw a towel over his head and tried to breathe.
UA's Austin Hill had eight catches for 175 yards in the 49-48 win.
Nevada's Dray Bell tries to bring down Ka'Deem Carey in the second quarter. Carey finished with 172 rushing yards.
ALBUQUERQUE - Ka'Deem Carey likely sealed one rushing title by gaining 172 yards in the Arizona Wildcats' 49-48 New Mexico Bowl win against Nevada.
UA quarterback Matt Scott manages to squeeze between Nevada linebackers Albert Rosette, left, and DeAndre Boughton for a second-quarter TD.
Wildcats linebacker Marquis Flowers, right, gets ready to jump on the loose ball with 40 seconds left after Arizona's onside kick. Twenty-one seconds later, Arizona scored the winning touchdown and extra point.
ALBUQUERQUE - Rich Rodriguez spent the seconds before the Arizona Wildcats' miraculous onside kick screaming at his assistants.
With a rushing title as Priority 1a, Ka'Deem Carey ran for 172 yards - and three TDs - giving him a nation-leading 1,929 yards, a 148.38 yards-per-game clip that also leads the nation.
ALBUQUERQUE - Days before he orchestrated one of the most unlikely comebacks in Arizona Wildcats football history, Matt Scott submitted his final college assignment.