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2012 New Mexico Bowl score: Arizona trails Nevada 21-7 after first quarter

The Wildcats came out sloppy against the Wolf Pack, and now they have to dig out of a big hole.

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The Arizona Wildcats have been blown out in their last two bowl games. 15 minutes into the 2012 New Mexico Bowl, the 'Cats trail the Nevada Wolf Pack 21-7.

Nevada walked the football down the field on their first drive, capping it off with a big touchdown run from star tailback Stefphon Johnson. The Wildcats were stopped on their opening drive, and the Wolf Pack struck quickly again to make it 14-0. Arizona then fumbled the kick return, and their opponents answered with a deep touchdown pass on their first play.

It appeared this one was destined to be a blowout, but Arizona has shown some signs of life. Ka'Deem Carey rushed in for a touchdown towards the end of the first quarter to cut the deficit to 21-7, and a big interception from Shaq Richardson gives the ball back to the 'Cats.

It won't be easy for UA to come back, but they're still in this game...somehow.