The last time: Wildcats' pulled off improbable escape at New Mexico Bowl

2013-12-31T00:00:00Z The last time: Wildcats' pulled off improbable escape at New Mexico Bowl Arizona Daily Star
December 31, 2013 12:00 am

Boston College and Arizona have never met before. So we will look at the last time the UA played in a bowl game, which is surely a contest UA fans remember well.

Date: Dec. 15, 2012

What went down: The Wildcats erased a 13-point deficit in the final minute and pulled out a miraculous 49-48 win over Nevada in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The win was Arizona’s first in a bowl game since 2008 and gave the Wildcats eight wins in Rich Rodriguez’s first season at the UA.

How it read: The Star’s Greg Hansen recapped just how crazy the final minutes of Arizona’s improbable win was last season. He wrote:

“There would be 22 plays and 17 points scored in the final 3:20.

“There would be two Arizona touchdowns in 27 seconds.

“There would be the school’s most compelling comeback since Ortege Jenkins’ ‘Leap by the Lake’ that beat Washington 14 years ago, and surely, given the stage and the odds-against factor, one of the five or 10 most captivating victories in Arizona history.

“It was a reprieve of such magnitude that it alleviated the pain of losing the Territorial Cup three weeks ago.”

Turning point: After Matt Scott found Austin Hill for a two-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds to play, Arizona recovered an onside kick. Then with 19 seconds left, Scott threw another 2-yard touchdown pass, this one to Tyler Slavin, to pull ahead for good.

Stats that matter: Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in the win. Hill grabbed eight catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Arizona gained 578 yards of total offense.

It’s history: UA erased a tough loss to ASU the month before and finished 8-5. Nevada fell to 7-6.

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
UCLA 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
ASU 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
Arizona 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
USC 6 3 0 0.667 7 4 0 0.636
Utah 4 4 0 0.500 7 4 0 0.636
Colorado 0 8 0 0.000 2 9 0 0.182

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 7 1 0 0.875 10 1 0 0.909
Stanford 4 4 0 0.500 6 5 0 0.545
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 6 0 0.455
Oregon State 2 5 0 0.286 5 5 0 0.500
Washington 2 5 0 0.286 6 5 0 0.545
Washington State 2 6 0 0.250 3 8 0 0.273
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