A look back at some of the highlights and records set by Arizona at the 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Dec. 16, 2012
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Arizona Notes From 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl
- Arizona overcame deficits of 21 points (first quarter) and 17 points (fourth quarter). The 21-point comeback ties the school record for largest deficit overcome in a game. The last such occurrence was also a 21-point deficit in the second quarter against San Diego State in 1997 before UA rallied to win 31-24. The first occurrence was in 1950 when the Wildcats trailed Hardin Simmons 21-0 in the second quarter before rallying to win 32-28.
- Arizona led for all of 19 seconds on Saturday. After Matt Scott completed a two-yard pass to Tyler Slavin to tie the game at 48-48, John Bonano knocked home the go-ahead extra point to give Arizona its first lead of the game, 49-48, with 19 seconds remaining.
- Scott was named the game's Offensive Most Valuable Player after leading the Wildcats to the improbable come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter. Scott finished the game 28-for-47 passing for 382 yards with three touchdowns (all in fourth quarter) and two interceptions. However, two of his touchdown passes came in the final 46 seconds. Scott hit Austin Hill for a two-yard score with 46 seconds remaining, then connected with Tyler Slavin for the tying touchdown and eventual winning extra point kick with 19 seconds left. On the final two scoring drives, Scott completed 8-of-9 passes for 85 yards and the two touchdowns.
- Linebacker Marquis Flowers was named the game's Defensive Most Valuable Player. The junior finished the game with 10 tackles, including one for loss, and an interception, which sealed the game on Nevada's final possession. Flowers also recovered the onside kick to set up UA's eventual winning score inside a minute to play. With 10 tackles in the game, Flowers finished the season with an even 100 stops.
- Receiver Tyler Slavin's game-tying two-yard touchdown reception with 19 seconds remaining (followed by winning extra point kick) was his first career score. The sophomore finished the game with three receptions for 23 yards - all of which came in the final two scoring drives in the last 1:48.
- Shaquille Richardson's interception in the first quarter was his first of the season (seventh of his career).
- Safety Jared Tevis forced his team-leading fourth fumble of the season in the second quarter. It was recovered by linebacker Jake Fischer, who registered his team-high fourth recovery of the season.
- True freshman linebacker C.J. Dozier collected a career and game-high 15 tackles to lead a group of four Wildcats that registered 10 tackles in the game. Jake Fischer finished with 13 stops (one shy of career high), while Jared Tevis and Marquis Flowers each had 10 tackles, respectively.
- Receiver Garic Wharton collecting 84 receiving yards on a career-high seven receptions. He also recovered a fumble on the first play of the drive that sparked UA's rally with 1:48 seconds remaining in the game. The Wildcats went on to score on that drive, recovered an ensuing onside kick, and scored the winning touchdown/extra points with 19 seconds left on the clock.
- Matt Scott's 63-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hill in the fourth quarter was Arizona's longest passing play of the year.
- Nevada tied the New Mexico Bowl record for points in a half, tying BYU's total of 31 first set in the 2010 New Mexico Bowl.
- Both teams matched the New Mexico Bowl record for points scored in a quarter. The Wolf Pack posted 21 points in the first quarter, while Arizona equaled that mark with 21 in the second and fourth quarters, respectively.
- Nevada's 31 first-half points were the second-most allowed in the first half of a game this season by Arizona (42 at UCLA on Nov. 3).
Arizona Bowl History
- Arizona made its 17th all-time bowl appearance (7-9-1) and its first-ever appearance in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The Wildcats are the first Pac-12 team to participate in the seven-year history of the New Mexico Bowl.
- Arizona's last bowl victory came at the 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, where the Wildcats defeated BYU, 31-21. - The Wildcats have participated in a bowl game in four of the last five seasons (2008 Las Vegas, 2009 Holiday and 2010 Alamo Bowls), missing out on postseason play only in 2011.
Arizona Team Bowl Records Broken
- Arizona's 49 points scored were the second-most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, a new top-mark for a Wildcat team in a bowl game (previous high was 31 vs. BYU at the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl). The 97 combined points surpassed the 76 scored by BYU against UTEP at the 2010 New Mexico Bowl for the most in the event's seven-year history.
- Arizona's 21 points in fourth quarter were the most it has ever scored in the final stanza of a bowl game (previous high: 14 vs. Nebraska, 1998 Holiday Bowl).
- Arizona's 21 points in the second quarter were also the most it has scored in the second period of a bowl game (previous high: 13 vs. North Carolina, 1986 Aloha Bowl).
- The 578 total offense yards shattered the previous bowl-high set against Baylor (418 yards) at the 1992 Hancock Bowl).
- The 382 passing yards eclipsed the 325 turned in at the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl for a new school record.
- Arizona's 31 first downs surpassed the 25 gained against Oklahoma State at the 2010 Alamo Bowl for a new school record in a bowl game.
Arizona Individual Bowl Records Broken
- Ka'Deem Carey's 28 rushing attempts broke Trung Canidate's mark of 24 totes (1997 Insight.com Bowl) for the most by a UA player in a bowl game.
- With 172 yards, Carey also broke the UA record for rushing yards in a bowl game, previously set by Chucky Levy in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl (142 yards).
- Carey's three rushing scores also set a new UA bowl game record, topping Eddie Wolgast's two scores in the 1949 Salad Bowl.
- Carey's 187 combined rushing and receiving yards break David Adams' 158 against North Carolina in the 1986 Aloha Bowl for a new school record.
- Matt Scott's 382 passing yards broke Willie Tuitama's bowl record of 325 collected against BYU at the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl.
- Scott's three passing touchdowns, all of which came in the fourth quarter, bested the record held by Tuitama (2008 Las Vegas Bowl) and Dan White (1994 Fiesta Bowl).
- Scott's 403 total offense yards narrowly edge out George Malauulu's 399 collected against Baylor at the 1992 Hancock Bowl for a new record.
- Austin Hill set a new record for receiving yards in a bowl game with 175. The previous high was held by Terrell Turner set at the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl.
- Hill's two touchdown receptions match the school record first set by Troy Dickey against Baylor at the 1992 Hancock Bowl.
- John Bonano's seven made PAT kicks break the previous bowl record set by Jason Bondzioat the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl.
NCAA Bowl Records Broken
- Most plays (combined, both teams): Nevada-Arizona, 188 (Previous, 187, by Auburn-Northwestern in 2010 Outback Bowl). - Most first downs: Nevada, 39 (Previous, 36--Oklahoma (48) vs. Virginia (14) (Gator, Dec. 29, 1991) (16 rush, 18 pass, 2 penalty); Marshall (64) vs. East Carolina (61) (2 ot) (GMAC, 2001) (9 rush, 25 pass, 2 penalty).
- Most first downs, both teams: Nevada-Arizona, 70 (Previous: 62--North Carolina St. (56)  vs. Kansas (26)  (Tangerine, 2003).
- Most first downs rushing: Nevada, 28 (Previous: 26--Oklahoma (40) vs. Auburn (22) (Sugar, Jan. 1, 1972); Navy (51) vs. Colorado St. (30) (Poinsettia, 2005).
- Most first downs rushing, both teams: Nevada-Arizona, 38 (Previous: 36--Colorado (47)  & Alabama (33)  (Liberty, 1969); Miami (FL) (46)  & Texas (3)  (Cotton, 1991).
Arizona Season Notes
- The Wildcats finish the 2012 season with an 8-5 overall record. The eight wins match the 2008 and 2009 squads for the most victories in a season since a 12-1 campaign in 1998.
- The Wildcats' 49 points in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl pushed their season total to a school-record 496 points over 13 games. The 38.2 points per game average ranks as the second-highest single-season mark in program history, trailing only the 38.5 point per game figure posted by the 1954 club (scored 385 points in 10 games).
- Arizona rushed for 2,961 yards this season, which is the most in a single season since the 1973 Wildcats collected 2,976 yards. This year's squad averaged 227.8 yards per game, which is the ninth-best figure in school history.
- Arizona passed for 3,879 yards this season, which ranks as the third-most in school history behind only the 2010 and 2011 clubs. The 298.4 passing yards per game is good enough for the fourth-best tally all-time at the school.
- The Wildcats racked up 6,840 yards of total offense this season, shattering the previous school record of 5,712 recorded by the 2010 team. Arizona averaged 526.2 yards per game, pushing aside the old school record of 471.9 yards per game turned in by the 1999 club.
- Arizona scored 65 touchdowns this season, including 63 by the offense. With 33 rushing touchdowns and 30 passing touchdowns, it's the first time in school history that the Wildcats have scored 30 touchdowns on the ground and in the air, respectively. In fact, only the 2008 and 2010 teams have ever scored 20 rushing and 20 receiving touchdowns in the same season.
- For the first time in program history, Arizona had a pair of players score 100 points in a season. Consensus All-American running back Ka'Deem Carey scored 24 total touchdowns to finish with 144 points, the second-most in single-season history behind Art Luppino's 166 in 1954. Luppino scored the same number of touchdowns that season, but added 22 points via extra points. Also eclipsing 100 points this season was kicker John Bonano, who finished with 14 made field goals, 58 extra point kicks and one two-point conversion rush for a total of 102 points - the most all-time in single-season history for a UA kicker. Only three players all time had scored 100 points in a season for the Wildcats prior to this season.
Head Coach Rich Rodriguez Notes
- Rich Rodriguez led the Wildcats to an 8-5 record in his first season at the school, matching the win total of Jim Young's 1973 Wildcats (8-3) as the best for a UA coach in his first season. For Rodriguez, its his best season win total since guiding the 2007 West Virginia Mountaineers to a 10-2 mark.
- Rodriguez has led teams to a bowl time on eight occasions. Those teams are 4-4 in their postseason games; though, Rodriguez is 3-4 in bowls as a head coach (Bill Stewart coached West Virginia to a victory in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl after Rodriguez had accepted the Michigan head coaching position).
Ka'Deem Carey Notes
- Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 172 yards on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns against Nevada. Carey finishes the season with 303 rushing attempts for 1,929 yards (both single-season school records). The yardage total ranks as the fifth-most in Pac-12 single-season history. His three rushing scores were both Arizona individual bowl game and a Gildan New Mexico Bowl records, respectively.
- Ka'Deem Carey's became Arizona's single-season rushing touchdown leader on his one-yard plunge to tie the game at 21-21 with 10:23 to play in the second quarter. Earlier, Carey's 21-yard touchdown run in the first quarter tied the sophomore with Art Luppino (1954) for the most rushing scores in Arizona single-season history. He had three rushing touchdowns in the game to finish the season with 23.
- Ka'Deem Carey recorded his 10th 100-yard rushing game of the season by halftime, gaining 145 yards on 19 carries in the first two periods. He matched Trung Candidate (1999) for the school record for 100-yard games in a season and surpassed Canidate's 142 yards for most rushing yards in a bowl game in program history.
- Carey finishes the season with 2,248 all-purpose yards, falling one yard shy of Dennis Northcutt's single-season school record of 2,249 set in 1999.
- Carey entered the game as the nation's leading rusher (determined on rushing yards per game) and improved his per-game average to 148.38. Nevada's Stephfon Jefferson ranks No. 2 (144.85), with a handful of players behind him with a chance to challenge Carey in upcoming bowl games. The next-closest challenger is Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell, who averages 137.33 yards per game. The last time Arizona had a national rushing leader was Art Luppino in 1955, who also led the nation in 1954.
- Carey finished the season with 24 total touchdowns to tie Art Luppino (1954) for the most individual touchdowns in school single-season history.
Austin Hill Notes
- Austin Hill's 175 receiving yards marked his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season and the sixth of his career. Hill finishes the season with 81 receptions for 1,364 yards - the third-most yards in school single-season history behind only Dennis Northcutt (1,422 in 1999) and Bobby Wade (1,389 in 2002). The 81 receptions are the fifth-most in single-season history.
- With a pair of touchdown grabs against Nevada, Hill finishes the season with 11 receiving touchdowns. That ties Juron Criner (2010 and 2011), Mike Thomas(2007) and Theopolis Bell (1974) for the Arizona single-season school record.
Matt Scott Notes
- Matt Scott finished the with 382 passing yards and 21 rushing yards to account for 403 total offense yards (Gildan New Mexico Bowl record) and four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing).
- Scott finishes the season with 3,620 passing yards, which ranks as third-most in UA single season history. - Scott completed 301 passes (No. 3 in school history) on 499 attempts (also No. 3).
- Scott's 27 passing touchdowns in 2012 fell one shy of matching the school record set by Willie Tuitama (28 in 2007) and Nick Foles (2011).
- Scott finishes his career with 4,921 passing yards (No. 10 in school history).
- Scott finishes his career with 33 passing touchdowns (No. 9 in school history).
- Scott finishes his career with 1,138 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
- Scott accounted for 4,162 total offense yards in 2012 (No. 2 in school history behind Nick Foles' 4,231 in 2011).
- Scott finishes his career with 6,059 yards of total offense (No. 5 in school history).