With a last-minute touchdown and a successful onside kick recovery, Arizona football pulled out a victory over Nevada, 49-48, at the Gildan New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. Saturday’s game ties the largest comeback in UA history (21 points). Senior quarterback Matt Scott was named Offensive MVP and junior linebacker Marquis Flowers was named Defensive MVP.
Nevada took a 48-35 lead with 1:48 to play. Arizona answered back with a two-yard Scott touchdown pass to sophomore Austin Hill with a good point after attempt to cut the score to 48-42 with 0:46 to play. Senior John Bonano converted a perfect onside kick attempt with the recovery from Flowers. The Wildcats went on to score the winning touchdown on a two-yard pass to sophomore Tyler Slavin from Scott with 0:19 to play. Flowers then immediately secured the victory with an interception on Nevada’s final offensive possession.
Sophomore Ka’Deem Carey ran for 172 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns. He now tallies 1,929 yards on the season, to continue to lead the nation in rushing. Carey is now UA's school record holder for rushing TDs in season with 23, including his three against Nevada on Saturday. He also set the Arizona bowl game record of rushing yards in a game (172). The previous bowl game record was 142 yards by Chuck Levy against Miami in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl.
In his final game as a Wildcat, Scott threw for 382 yards and three TDs on 28-of-47 pass attempts with two interceptions. He also rushed for 21 yards on six carries and one touchdown. Hill led the UA receivers with eight catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Saturday’s game marks his fifth 100-yard performance of the season and the sixth of his career.
True freshman linebacker C.J. Dozier paced the defense with 15 tackles, nine solo and six assisted. Junior Shaquille Richardson collected his first pick of the season and the seventh of his career. Junior Jake Fischer recovered his fourth fumble of the season against the Wolf Pack. Flowers also recorded 10 tackles. UA had five true freshmen playing on defense during various points of the game: Keoni Bush-Loo, Dozier, Vince Miles, William Parks and Wayne Capers Jr.
Today’s game marked the final in the careers of 20 Arizona seniors including team captains Trace Biskin, Kyle Quinn and Scott. Arizona ends the season with a 8-5 record and a bowl trip in head coach Rich Rodriguez’s first season at the helm of the Wildcat program.