New Mexico Bowl 2012: Nevada vs. Arizona Live Scores, Analysis and Results

Zach DirlamSenior Analyst IIDecember 15, 2012

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 23:  running back Daniel Jenkins #3 of the Arizona Wildcats rushes the football against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game at Arizona Stadium on November 23, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Wildcats 41-34.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Final Score - Arizona 49 Nevada 48 

The Arizona Wildcats and Nevada Wolfpack set the bar high for the other 34 college football bowl games this season, and turned in a shootout for the ages in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams combined to rack up 1,234 yards of total offense and 97 points.

Nevada raced out to a 21-0 lead only to see the Wildcats come back with 21 unanswered points thanks to two turnovers by the Wolf Pack. 

The offenses continued to rule the day until the fourth quarter. Arizona trailed 45-28 before fifth-year senior quarterback Matt Scott hit Austin Hill for a 63-yard touchdown.

Arizona's defense came up with two critical stops, and only surrendered a field goal in the final 15 minutes of the game, which gave the Wildcats' offense one last chance to win the game.

Scott took the Wildcats 75 yards in six plays to bring Arizona within six points, but the play of the game occurred moments later.

Marquis Flowers recovered the onside kick, which set Scott and the Wildcats offense up for the game-winning three-play, 51-yard touchdown drive.

The nation's top two running backs in terms of average yards per game, Ka'Deem Carey and Stefphon Jefferson, finished with 171 and 164 yards respectively. Carey scored three touchdowns, while Jefferson found the end zone twice.

Click here to see how Bleacher Report's Featured Columnist Zach Dirlam graded both teams!