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Arizona vs. Nevada score: Wildcats trail 31-28 after wild first half

Recapping a wild, wacky first half of play at the 2012 New Mexico Bowl.

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The oddsmakers in Las Vegas knew the 2012 New Mexico Bowl would be a high-scoring shootout. After just one half of play, the Nevada Wolf Pack hold a 31-28 lead over the Arizona Wildcats.

Nevada stormed out to a 21-0 lead. After scoring touchdowns on their first two drives, they recovered a fumble on the kickoff return that set them up with yet another easy score. It appeared the Wolf Pack were about to blow the Wildcats out, but things quickly changed.

Led by the nation's leading running back, Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona scored 28 points in the final 17 minutes of the half. Carey has been unstoppable thus far, carrying the ball 19 times for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Senior quarterback Matt Scott was a little shaky early, but he regained his form in the second quarter. Scott has completed 11 of his 19 pass attempts for 139 yards, and also has four carries for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Whichever team can avoid turnovers in the second half will likely win. These are two evenly matched offenses, and the defenses have both been pretty awful. We should be in for a great finish in New Mexico.