“I mean, it’s improbable,” first-year Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said.
Arizona receiver Austin Hill caught eight passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. The teams combined for 1,237 total yards.
Stefphon Jefferson, the nation’s second-leading rusher, ran for 180 yards for Nevada and also seemed unstoppable as the Wolf Pack took a big lead and held on to it for most of the game.
“They scored 14 points in less than two minutes,” Nevada linebacker Albert Rosette said. “I’m still in shock right now.”
“Well, it’s a sick feeling,” he said. “Congratulations to Arizona. They held in there and did it, but it’s a sick feeling.”
Ault said a late injury to Fajardo also hurt Nevada’s running game in the last six or so minutes of the game.
“When stuff like that happens you have to have a short memory,” Williams said about the fumble. “You can’t change it. I just knew the next opportunity for me, I needed to make a big play.”
The Aggies, bolstered all year by one of the best defenses in FBS, rolled up 582 yards total yards on offense.
The defense also turned in another impressive performance. Toledo (9-4) was able to move the ball at times and made five trips inside the red zone. But penalties, miscues and an inability to execute on critical plays forced the Rockets to settle for three Jeremiah Detmer field goals.
Detmer hit a pair from 37 yards out and another from 29, closing his season by making 17 straight.
Toledo’s only touchdown came when Bernard Reedy returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. Reedy was the only big producer on a Toledo offense held to 315 total yards. Reedy had 51 yards rushing and caught six passes for 62 yards.
“When they got down in the red zone, they scored touchdowns. When we got down into the red zone we kicked field goals,” first-year Toledo coach Matt Campbell said. “In big football games you have to win details.”
Toledo quarterback Austin Dantin, who started in place of the injured Terrence Owens, was 12 of 21 passing for 132 yards. Dantin threw an interception in the third quarter to end a promising scoring drive and was replaced by Owens in the fourth quarter.
Owens moved the Rockets on his first possession, but another red-zone opportunity was squelched when the Aggies snuffed Owens for no gain on a fourth-and-1 play from the 9.
Toledo also was forced to adjust early without two of its best players. Linebacker Dan Molls, the nation’s leading tackler, had a concussion on the opening kickoff and didn’t return. Minutes later, running back David Fluellen, the nation’s eighth-leading rusher, went down with an ankle injury. He finished with 38 yards on seven carries.
Campbell refused to use the injuries to Moll and Fluellen as an excuse and pointed out the game was close until the final 7 1/2 minutes.
“Injuries happen, they occur, you have to have the ability to adapt and you have to have the ability to move on,” he said. “We were still in the game in the fourth quarter. I’m really proud of our football team from that standpoint.”
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