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Colorado State 48, Washington State 45

For the second straight year, the winning team has scored at least 10 points in the final minute to win the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Colorado State trailed by 22 points (35-13) before coming back to beat Washington State 48-45 in the bowl season’s opening game. That’s tied for the 2nd-largest deficit overcome to win in a non-OT bowl game. The Rams got back in the game when Cougars running back Jeremiah Laufasa fumbled at the Cougars 33, setting up Kapri Bibbs’ 1-yard run score and Donnell Alexander’s two-point conversion run that tied it at 45 with 33 seconds left. Then, Washington State’s Teondray Caldwell fumbled a kickoff return at the 24, setting up Jared Roberts’ 41-yard field goal as time expired. The teams combined for 58 points in the 1st half, which is a Gildan New Mexico Bowl record. It is tied for the 9th-most combined points in a half in bowl history (since 1937).


Arizona 49, Nevada 48

Arizona’s Matt Scott rallied his team in the final 46 seconds, tossing two short touchdown passes for an improbable 49-48 win. The Wildcats recovered an onside kick in the last minute, setting up Scott’s 2-yard toss to Tyler Slavin with 19 seconds left for the winning score. Arizona trailed 21-0 in the first quarter and was down 45-28 entering the final period. Scott threw for 382 yards and marched his team back into the game despite those two earlier interceptions. The nation’s rushing leader, Ka’Deem Carey, gained 172 yards for the Wildcats. Arizona receiver Austin Hill caught eight passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. The teams combined for 1,237 total yards. Stefphon Jefferson, the nation’s second-leading rusher, ran for 180 yards for Nevada.


Temple 37, Wyoming 15

Temple’s win marks the second straight year the visiting team has taken home the trophy. The win by the Mid-American Conference (MAC) member also snaps the Mountain West Conference’s four-game win streak. The Owls are the first at-large selection to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to be victorious. Temple’s Chris Coyer, the Offensive MVP, was 8-12 with 169 yards passing and 1 TD, plus 12 rushes for 71 yards. He is the fourth quarterback to receive the award and the first sophomore to garner the honor. Temple’s Tahir Whitehead, the Defensive MVP, recorded 11 tackles (six solo, five assisted), 1.5 tackles for loss for a total of 2 yards. He is the third linebacker to garner the award and fourth straight senior to take home the shield.