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28-point Surge Pushes Glendale Past Mesa in Valley of the Sun Bowl
 December 1, 2012

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Scoring 28 unanswered points through the second and third quarters, No. 19 Glendale outlasted Mesa for a 41-35 victory in the 2012 Valley of the Sun Bowl.

Leading the way for the Gauchos was sophomore quarterback Dain McFarland, completing 12-of-17 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Jesse Tate's two catches totaled 42 yards wtih both going for scores. Glendale had two runnings backs surpass the century-mark in rushing Saturday. Sophomore Devontre Burke racked up 113 yards on 32 carries, while freshman Jon Brown (#2 right) ran the ball 14 times for 108 yards and a touchdown. Brown also delivered a 72-yard touchdown pass in the game.

McFarland put Glendale on the scoreboard first with an early 32-yard touchdown pass to Tate in the first quarter. The Mesa Thunderbirds stormed back and took a 21-10 lead late in the second quarter after freshman Damarious Randall returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown.

Glendale quickly responded on their first play of the ensuing drive with a 72-yard touchdown pass from Brown to sophomore wide receiver Jon Green. Brown's touchdown pass sparked Glendale's 28-0 run before the fourth quarter.

Refusing to go away, Mesa came back again in the fourth quarter and cut Glendale's lead to 38-35 with a 3-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Blake Kemp to sophomore wide receiver Tristan McClelland. The Gauchos answered with a 10-play drive and a 33-yard field goal by freshman kicker Michael Navarro to put Glendale up 41-35. On the following Mesa possession, Glendale forced four straight incomplete passes to put the game away.

The Thunderbirds compiled 303 yards through the air between their two quarterbacks. Kemp connected on 15-of-25 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Jaymason Lee was 11-of-25 passing for 149 yards and a touchdown. 

Glendale's victory improved their record to 8-3 to end the season, while Mesa closes out 2012 at 6-5.

Photo by Ryan P. Kennedy

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