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Arizona 49, Nevada 48

Arizona’s Matt Scott rallied his team in the final 46 seconds, tossing two short touchdown passes for an improbable 49-48 win. The Wildcats recovered an onside kick in the last minute, setting up Scott’s 2-yard toss to Tyler Slavin 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 those two earlier interceptions. The nation’s rushing leader, Ka’Deem Carey, gained 172 yards for the Wildcats. Arizona receiver Austin Hill caught eight passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. The teams combined for 1,237 total yards. Stefphon Jefferson, the nation’s second-leading rusher, ran for 180 yards for Nevada.


Temple 37, Wyoming 15

Temple’s win marks the second straight year the visiting team has taken home the trophy. The win by the Mid-American Conference (MAC) member also snaps the Mountain West Conference’s four-game win streak. The Owls are the first at-large selection to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to be victorious. Temple’s Chris Coyer, the Offensive MVP, was 8-12 with 169 yards passing and 1 TD, plus 12 rushes for 71 yards. He is the fourth quarterback to receive the award and the first sophomore to garner the honor. Temple’s Tahir Whitehead, the Defensive MVP, recorded 11 tackles (six solo, five assisted), 1.5 tackles for loss for a total of 2 yards. He is the third linebacker to garner the award and fourth straight senior to take home the shield.


BYU 52, UTEP 24

Jake Heaps threw four touchdown passes, connecting with Cody Hoffman on three scores, and finished with 264 yards passing to help BYU beat overmatched Texas-El Paso, 52-24. Hoffman had eight catches for 137 yards, while Joshua Quezada ran for 101 yards and J.J. DiLuigi added 98 yards on the ground to help the Cougars in their final contest before they begin play as an independent in football next season. BYU also got two interceptions and one of the team’s four sacks from Andrew Rich, voted the most valuable defensive player.