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2012 New Mexico Bowl score update: Offenses ruling the day, Nevada leads 31-28 at the half

Both offenses are tearing it up, and it is Nevada who leads Arizona, 31-28 at the half.


The Arizona Wildcats and Nevada Wolf Pack had a role reversal in the second half. Arizona's offense turned up their game and that can be credited to the nation's leading rusher in Ka'Deem Carey who has 146 yards and three touchdowns, after the first half.

Carey's counterpart, Stefphon Jefferson also has over 100 yards with 131 yards and two scores, then there quarterback Cody Fajardo has rushed Jefferson for 124 yards on the ground.

Arizona's offense got going when the picked off Fajardo at the end of the first quarter, and the Wildcats drove the field with ease and they scored on a 1-yard rush from quarterback Matt Scott.

Nevada then coughed up the ball again to allow Arizona tie the game. Jared Tevis stripped Jefferson and Arizona took over at their own 41-yard line. The Wolf Pack defense could not stop Carey who ran for 29 yards on the drive, and capped it off with a 1-yard touchdown run. This touchdown by Carey allowed Arizona to finally tie the game, after trailing 21-0.

The Nevada offense finally was able to hold onto the ball, and revert back to their first quarter offensive attack. Head coach Chris Ault decided to just run the ball against Arizona, and it worked. Jefferson was able to get Nevada back on top witha 14-yard touchdown run to make it 28-21.

Arizona had one more drive in them to tie it at 28 on a quick six-play, 75-yard drive on yet another Carey touchdown. Nevada was able to kick a field goal, first of the game, to give them a 31-28 lead.

This game is all offense, offense and offense; and contrary to ESPN's David Pollack this is an exciting game to watch. It would be nice for a defensive stop instead of offenses making mistakes, but we will see what the second half does.

The big difference in this game is Nevada turning the ball over two times, which led to a pair of Arizona touchdowns. Basically it will come down to which offense makes less mistakes, or just maybe that one defensive stop.