Wildcats win a wild, wild West shootout

Austin Hill beat C.J. Dozier for a 63-yard touchdown catch, and Arizona rallied with a pair of touchdowns in the final 43 seconds to beat Nevada 49-48 on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque, the start to college football bowl season. Enlarge photo

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Austin Hill beat C.J. Dozier for a 63-yard touchdown catch, and Arizona rallied with a pair of touchdowns in the final 43 seconds to beat Nevada 49-48 on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque, the start to college football bowl season.

ALBUQUERQUE – Matt Scott threw two short touchdown passes in the final 42 seconds, and college football’s postseason started with a wild one when Arizona rallied past Nevada 49-48 on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.

Arizona (8-5) recovered an onside kick in the final minute, setting up Scott’s 2-yard toss to Terrence Miller with 19 seconds left for the winning score.

Scott threw for 382 yards and overcame two interceptions. The nation’s rushing leader, Ka’Deem Carey, gained 172 yards for the Wildcats.

Cody Fajardo threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the Wolf Pack (7-6). He had 256 yards passing and 140 yards rushing.

Stefphon Jefferson, the nation’s second-leading rusher, ran for 180 yards for Nevada.

Aggies 41, Rockets 15

BOISE, Idaho – Kerwynn Williams ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 18 Utah State won a bowl game for the first time in nearly 20 years – the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The victory capped the best season in Utah State history. The Aggies finished 11-2, won the Western Athletic Conference title outright and had their first bowl victory since 1993.

Chuckie Keeton scored on a 62-yard run to put Utah State up 7-3, and Williams sparked the Aggies’ 28-point fourth quarter.

Toledo (9-4) was able to move the ball on offense and made five trips inside the red zone, but penalties and miscues set the Rockets back.

Chuck Jacobs and Utah State found daylight in the fourth quarter against Ben Pike and Toledo on Saturday in Boise, Idaho. The Aggies broke open a close game in the final frame to win the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 41-15. Enlarge photo

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Chuck Jacobs and Utah State found daylight in the fourth quarter against Ben Pike and Toledo on Saturday in Boise, Idaho. The Aggies broke open a close game in the final frame to win the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 41-15.