SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Just when Nebraska and Arizona were settling into a defensive struggle, the Holiday Bowl reverted to its wild past.

Keith Smith, half of Arizona's two-quarterback system, threw for one fourth-quarter touchdown and his scrambling set up the game-winning, 1-yard plunge by Kelvin Eafon with 6 minutes, 8 seconds to go as the No. 5 Wildcats beat the No. 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers 23-20 Monday night.

Arizona added to its school-record victory total by finishing 12-1. The Wildcats were knocked out of a Rose Bowl berth when UCLA was upset by Miami on Dec. 5, but Arizona made the most of its first Holiday Bowl visit by winning for the 16th time in 17 games.

The bowl-record crowd of 65,354 saw a rarity _ Nebraska's first-four loss season in 30 years. The Cornhuskers finished 9-4 under first-year coach Frank Solich, who replaced Hall of Famer Tom Osborne.