Dec 19, 2015

2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl Postgame Notes & Quotes


The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is no stranger to wild, come-back victories and it looked like another one was happening late in the fourth quarter. New Mexico was working on a potential game-winning drive when Arizona thwarted it with an interception to secure the 45-37 win. The Wildcats' Scooby Wright, III was named Defensive Most Outstanding Player and teammate Anu Solomon was honored as the Offensive MVP.

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2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Arizona Wildcats (PAC-12) 45 vs. New Mexico Lobos (MW) 37

Postgame Notes

 

Game

  •  This is Arizona’s second Gildan New Mexico Bowl victory in four years. Their previous title came in 2012 against the Nevada Wolf Pack, 49-48.
  • The attendance was 30,289, the third largest total in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, and the highest since the 2010 contest.  
  • The kickoff temperature was 38° F, tied for the second coldest in Bowl history. The coldest game time kickoff temperature was in 2007 when it was 34° F.
  • The 43-yard interception return by New Mexico's Cranston Jones tied the longest in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history; the record is now shared between Jones and Travaun Nixon of UTEP in 2010.
  • The New Mexico Lobos broke the total time of possession record for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl with a total of 40:52, the previous record was held by Nevada with 39:10 in 2012.
  • Arizona had the lowest time of possession for a winning team with a total of 19:08 minutes. The previous record was held by Arizona in 2012 with a total time of 20:50.
  • The 82 combined points scored marks the third highest scoring total in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history. The Lobos 37 points were also the third highest scoring total for a losing team.
  • This was also the third most combined yards gained in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, with a grand total of 1,025 yards of offense (503 for Arizona and 522 for New Mexico).

 Team

  • Arizona’s 8:34 first half time of possession was the lowest ever by any team in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl’s history. The Wildcats led 28-17 at the half.
  • UNM’s Delane Hart-Johnson and his 2nd quarter touchdown reception of 92 yards is the longest pass competition in Gildan New Mexico Bowl History and fourth longest in all bowl history. John Broussard of San Jose State held the previous Gildan New Mexico Bowl record of 76 yards, off a pass from Adam Taralis in 2006.
  • UNM posted the third highest total in net rushing yards gained in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl with 333. It was the most since 2008.
  • The Lobos also had the second highest number of rushing attempts with 69, falling short of the 73 attempts by Nevada in 2012.
  • The 91 plays by the UNM offense is the third most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history.
  • UNM had the third fewest passing completions with 10, the fewest since Temple had eight in 2011.
  • UNM had 19 rushing first downs, the second most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history trailing only Nevada, which had 28 in 2012. 

Individual:

  • Arizona’s Scooby Wright III, the Bowl’s Defensive MVP, set a Gildan New Mexico Bowl record with 3.5 tackles for loss. He also tied the Gildan New Mexico Bowl record for solo tackles (11), sacks (2.0) and finished tied for second in total tackles with 15.
  • Arizona’s quarterback, Anu Solomon, won the Offensive MVP for the game. He went 13-24 in the game for 329 yards, two touchdowns, an interception with a quarterback rating of 188.5. 
  • Arizona's Jared Baker and New Mexico's Lamar Jordan rushed for  three touchdowns, which ties them for the most by a single player in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history.
  • Arizona’s Cayleb Jones set a new Gildan New Mexico Bowl record in receiving with 182 yards; breaking former Wildcat Austin Hill's record of 173. Jones’ average of 45.5 yards per catch is the second most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, behind only Kris Adams of UTEP who averaged 51 yards per catch in 2010.
  • Lobo Lamar Jordan finished with 135 rushing yards the second most for by a quarterback in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl behind Nevada's Cody Fajardo’s 140-yard effort in 2012.
  • New Mexico's Carlos Wiggins tied a Gildan New Mexico Bowl record with five kickoff returns, in which he gained 116 yards, the third most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history.



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