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Arizona, Nevada in N.M. Bowl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Arizona and Nevada, two of the nation’s most potent offensive football teams, will meet in the Dec. 15 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

The Wildcats (7-5) accepted an invite Sunday and will be the first Pac-12 team to play in Albuquerque’s bowl.

The 11 a.m. game kicks off the bowl season. It will be shown on ESPN.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is in his first season in Tucson. He guided his Wildcats to upset wins over Oregon State (59-38) and Southern California (39-36).

Arizona is seventh in the nation in total offense and boasts the nation’s leading rusher in Ka’Deem Carey (1,757 yards).


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Nevada, which accepted an invite last week, is 11th in the country in total offense. Wolf Pack running back Stefphon Jefferson is the nation’s second leading rusher.

The two programs have not met since 1941. The all-time series is 1-1-1.

The Wildcats are bowl-eligible for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Their last bowl game was the 2010 Alamo Bowl (36-10 loss to Oklahoma State).

Tickets range from $25-$40 and can be purchased at the University of New Mexico ticket office in the Pit, online at, or by calling 925-LOBO or 925-5999.
— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal