In what should feature nothing but high-octane offense, the Nevada Wolf Pack take on the Arizona Wildcats Saturday afternoon in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Nevada earned a bowl berth despite dropping four of their last five games, including a 27-21 squeaker against Boise State on Dec. 1. The Wolf Pack came back and outscored the Broncos 14-3 in the final quarter, but were left with just 17 seconds on their final drive and came up short.
Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Cody Fajardo 203 yards passing.
Nevada sports one of the nation’s top offenses with 37 points per game, with their seventh ranked rushing offense averaging 260 yards.
The 7-5 Wildcats also boast a top offense, and won four of their final six games after a three-game slide in the Pac-12 that nearly cost them their season.
Arizona fell out of the Top 25 after dropping their final regular season game after surrendering 24 fourth quarter points in a 41-34 to Arizona State in November.
The Wildcats have four giveaways, including three interceptions by quarterback Matt Scott, who threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns.
Sophomore running back Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown, but the Arizona offense stalled in the final period with two turnovers.
Betting Odds: Arizona is favored by 9 points
Over/Under: 80 points
Predicted Score: Arizona 41, Nevada 27