3:00 PM ET, October 18, 2003
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Chance Kretschmer saved his shoulder for Tulsa and used it to lead Nevada's way to a 28-21 victory Saturday.
After sitting out most of last week to nurse a shoulder bruise, he needed only 15 seconds to spoil a Golden Hurricane comeback late in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard touchdown run.
"It's great to have him back and at full speed," Nevada coach Chris Tormey said of Kretschmer's 21-21 tie-breaking touchdown with 5:54 remaining.
Kretschmer scored on another run, threw a touchdown pass and led Nevada (5-2, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) with 171 yards rushing. It was his fourth 100-yard game this season.
Tulsa (3-4, 1-2 WAC) trailed by 14 points for much of the game, dominated by the Wolf Pack's defense. But Uril Parrish scored twice on fourth quarter runs of 20 and 2 yards to bring the Golden Hurricane even.
Parrish finished with 148 yards rushing and scored all three of the Golden Hurricane's touchdowns.
"They play for four quarters," Tormey said of Tulsa, "and we had to play four quarters to beat them."
Kretschmer saw little play in Nevada's 28-17 upset last week at Washington and had missed most of last season because of a knee injury. But as a freshman, he led the nation with an average 157.5 yards a game.
With Saturday's game tied with 6:17 to go, he broke free for a 34-yard run on the first play of the Wolf Pack's next drive. In the next play, he breezed past Tulsa's defenders to race 30 yards for the end zone.
Kretschmer ran for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Wolf Pack's opening 80-yard drive and scored again just before the half in a throwback pass to quarterback Andy Heiser.
Kretschmer had thrown one other pass to Heiser this season, but it was incomplete.
Heiser finished with 138 yards and one touchdown, a 31-yard pass to Willie Johnson that gave Nevada a 14-0 first quarter lead.
Mistakes cost Tulsa.
The Golden Hurricane came into the game with four turnovers to rank in a first place tie for the fewest turnovers lost. But Tulsa finished with five turnovers, including three fumbles all recovered by Nevada.
"You can't make critical errors against a good football team," Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe said. "They did a nice job of taking advantage of them."
With the victory, Nevada is 5-2 for the first time since 1996 and 3-0 for the first time in four years in the WAC.