ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In charge nearly the entire way, Duke Williams and Nevada let the New Mexico Bowl spin out of control at the end.
Matt Scott threw two short touchdown passes in the final 46 seconds and college football's postseason started with a wild one when Arizona recovered a late onside kick and rallied past the Wolf Pack 49-48 Saturday.
Nevada led 21-0 in the first quarter and was ahead 45-28 entering the fourth period. The Wolf Pack (7-6) had a chance to seal the win, but a hard-spinning kick bounced off Williams' chest and was covered by Arizona's Marquis Flowers.
Scott then tossed a 2-yard TD pass to Tyler Slavin with 19 seconds left.
Nevada led 48-35 with 1:48 left after Allen Hardison made a 25-yard field goal.
Arizona (8-5) quickly scored a touchdown, setting up the onside try. Wildcats kicker John Bonano grounded it fast at Williams.
Earlier, Williams made an interception at the Wolf Pack 8. This time, no such luck.
Matt Scott hit Garic Wharton for 28 yards and Austin Hill for 21 yards. The Wildcats completed the improbable comeback with Scott's short throw to Slavin.
Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo finished with 256 yards passing and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 140 yards and another score.
Wolf Pack running back Stefphon Jefferson gained 180 yards and scored twice.
Arizona came back behind running back Ka'Deem Carey, who finished with 172 yards and three touchdowns. Scott threw for 382 yards and three scores and also ran for one.
BOISE, Idaho — Kerwynn Williams ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns and No. 18 Utah State won a bowl game for the first time in nearly 20 years, beating Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The victory capped the best season in Utah State history. The Aggies finished 11-2, won the Western Athletic Conference title outright and had their first bowl victory since 1993.
Chuckie Keeton scored on a 62-yard run to put Utah State up 7-3, and Williams, the game's MVP, sparked a 28-point fourth quarter for Utah State when he broke through the defense and raced 63 yards for a touchdown to put the Aggies up 20-9. Williams, who had 18 carries, followed that with TD runs of 5 and 25 yards. Keeton ran for 92 yards and was 21-of-31 passing for 229 yards.
Toledo (9-4) was able to move the ball and made five trips inside the red zone.
FLORENCE, Ala. — Matt Pierce returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and freshman Cedric O'Neal ran for 140 yards and a score to lead Valdosta State to a victory over Winston-Salem State in the Division II championship game.
The Blazers (12-2) took a 21-0 halftime lead en route to their 10th straight win and first national title since 2007, coach David Dean's debut season. The Rams (14-1) were trying to become the first historically black school to win the Division II title after losing in the semifinals last season. But they couldn't overcome six turnovers.
The Blazers needed 12 seconds to score and five minutes to build a 14-0 lead against a team that hadn't trailed by more than a touchdown all season.
Cayden Cochran was 18-of-26 passing while throwing for a touchdown and running for a pair.
Winston-Salem came in averaging 42.6 points a game and hadn't been held below 21 all season.
The Rams, who have 27 wins the past two seasons, also hadn't trailed by more than seven points.