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Nevada’s James Butler scores late to clinch Arizona Bowl

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James Butler scored his second touchdown of the night with 66 seconds left to play to lead Nevada to a 28-23 victory in the Arizona Bowl Tuesday night.

Butler, who ran for 189 yards and two scores, took the clinching touchdown in from four yards out as the Wolf Pack won over Colorado State, 28-23.

Butler also had a 77-yard touchdown run.

Colorado State had the advantage in most the stats, outgaining the Wolf Pack 532-345 and keeping the ball for more than five more minutes. The Rams were led by quarterback Nick Stevens, who threw for 310 yards. Rashard Higgins caught nine passes for 129 yards.

With the win, Nevada was able to finish the season with a winning record at 7-6, the same record that the Rams had at the end.

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