Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Arizona and Nevada Play in 'No Defense' Bowl

By Connor Muldowney
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When you’re taught how to play football as a kid, defense was said to be what ‘wins championships’. Well, I guess that explains why the Arizona Wildcats and the Nevada Wolfpack aren’t playing for a national title.

The only thing the Wildcats beat up on in this game was themselves as two teammates brawled on the sideline during the first half of the game.

The first quarter was an indication of how the rest of the game would play out as Nevada scored 21 points while Arizona scored just seven. The second quarter was just as defenseless as the teams combined for 31 points, 21 of them being Arizona’s.

Going into the game, it was well known that both offenses were potent and both defenses were poor. Both teams rank in the top 25 in rush yards and points per game, while both of their passing attacks aren’t bad either.

The defense is another story. Both teams ranked in the bottom tier of the nation–close to 100th– in total defense and points allowed per game.

No defense and aggressive offenses for both teams is a recipe for a high-scoring game. And that is was.

Nevada’s Stefphon Jefferson is one of the nation’s leading rushers and racked up close to 200 yards on the ground with two touchdowns, giving him close to 1,900 yards on the year.

On the other side, Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey was also one of the nation’s leading running backs and also rushed for close to 200 yards, giving him a little over 1,900 on the season.

That was just the start of the offense for the two teams as each quarterback passed for over 250 yards. Nevada’s quarterback, Cody Fajardo, was the team’s second leading rusher this season and surpassed the 1,000 rush yard mark during the game with a strong showing of 140 rush yards and a touchdown.

Arizona’s quarterback, Matt Scott, although not as agile, still rushed for a touchdown and improved his rushing stats to over 500 on the year.

While each quarterback had three touchdowns, none was more important that Scott’s game-winning touchdown with less than 20 seconds left in the game that stunned the Wolfpack as they were up by 13 with under a minute to go.

The game ended with a last second interception by Arizona. Wait, an interception? Doesn’t that qualify as defense?

Crazy that the game would end in such a way especially after both teams combined for over 1,200 yards, 70 first downs and close to 100 points.

I deem this the first ever ‘No Defense Bowl’.

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