For all the offensive yards at the New Mexico Bowl, for all the points scored, it ended on a defensive play.
There weren’t a lot of defensive plays, however. The Wildcats of Rich Rodriguez finished with a winning record, 7-5, behind quarterback Anu Solomon. Solomon led Arizona to a 35-17 lead by throwing for 329 yards and two touchdowns. Caleb Jones caught four passes for 182 yards and a score, and Jared Baker had 107 yards rushing.
But New Mexico, which plays for Bob Davie, made a strong comeback and had a chance to win going down the stretch. Lamar Jordan had 135 yards rushing and three touchdowns and threw a 92-yard scoring pass to Delane Hart-Johnson before leaving with an injury, but the Lobos suffered three interceptions.
Both teams had 500-plus yards for the game. New Mexico had twice the possession time, but it didn’t help.