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New Mexico Bowl: Quick look at Nevada vs. Arizona

MW Connection takes a quick look at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl match up between the 7-5 Nevada Wolf Pack of the Mountain West Conference and the 7-5 Arizona Wildcats of the Pacific-12 Conference.


The Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Nevada vs. Arizona

WHEN: Saturday Dec. 15, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Branch Field at University Stadium, Albuquerque N.M.

CONFERENCES: Nevada Wolf Pack –Mountain West Conference | Arizona Wildcats – Pacific-12 Conference


2012 SEASON: NEV 7-5 (4-4 MWC) | UofA 7-5 (4-5 Pac-12)

COACHES: NEV – Chris Ault 226-103-1 (27th year), 226-1-3-1 overall (27th year) | U of A: Rich Rodriguez 7-5 (1st year), 125-81-2 overall (18th year).



RADIO: ESPN Radio affiliates

SERIES RECORD: 4th meeting; Series is tied 1-1-1

LAST MEETING: Oct. 11, 1941, U of A 26-7

KEY PLAYERS: NEV – RB Stefphon Jefferson, Junior: The 2nd rated runner in FBS averaging 141.92 yards per game and tied for third nationally in scoring with an average of 11.5 points per game. QB Cody Fajardo, Sophomore: Ranked 11th nationally in total offense, a dual threat signal caller for an offense that ranks seventh nationally in rushing, 11th in total offense. LB Albert Rosette, Senior: Tied for ninth nationally in tackles per game with an average of 10.67.

U of A – RB Ka’Deem Carey, Sophomore: The top-rated rusher in FBS, averaging 146.42 YPG as well as seventh among all-purpose runners and eighth in scoring. QB Matt Scott, Senior. Ranks seventh nationally in total offense averaging 338.45 YPG for an offense that ranks seventh in the nation in total offense. P Kyle Dugandzic, Senior: Ranked 20th in the nation with an average of 43.4 yards per punt.