Nevada blows 3-score lead to Arizona in New Mexico Bowl

Nevada blows 3-score lead to Arizona in New Mexico Bowl
Arizona's Terrance Miller comes down with a touchdown catch in the end zone in front of Nevada's Bryson Keeton to tie the game in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter of New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Arizona won 49-48. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Kelly Presnell) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MAGS OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Matt Scott threw two touchdown passes in the final 46 seconds and college bowl season started with a wild one when Arizona rallied to beat Nevada 49-48 on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.

Overcoming a slow start and three big turnovers, Arizona (8-5) recovered an onside kick in the last minute, setting up Scott's 2-yard toss to Tyler Slavin with 19 seconds left.

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 two earlier interceptions.

The nation's rushing leader, Ka'Deem Carey, gained 172 yards for the Wildcats and but fell short of becoming only the 16th running back in NCAA history to reach 2,000 yards in a season.

The teams combined for 1,237 total yards, the second most of any bowl game.

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 and controlled most of the game, completing 22 of 32 throws.

Stefphon Jefferson, the nation's second-leading rusher, ran for 180 yards for Nevada and also seemed unstoppable as the Wolf Pack took a big lead and held on to it for most of the game.

But after forcing Nevada to kick a field goal with 1:48 left that made it 48-35, Scott drove the Wildcats 75 yards. Arizona then recovered an onside kick and Scott moved Arizona into the end zone after three plays and 51 yards.