Louisiana Tech 42

(4-4, 4-1 away)

Nevada 34

(5-3, 2-2 home)

4:05 PM ET, October 25, 2003

Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

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LT 0 13 15 1442
NEV 14 7 7 634

Bulldogs' QB passes for 283 yards, 2 TDs

RENO, Nev. (AP) --Ryan Moats rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns to lead Louisiana Tech over Nevada 42-34 on Saturday.

Luke McCown passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (4-4, 2-3 WAC), who trailed 21-3 early in the second quarter. In the second half, Louisiana Tech outscored the Wolf Pack 31-13.

Andy Heiser completed 18 of 36 passes for 315 yards for Nevada (5-3, 3-1 WAC), and Chance Kretschmer rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns. B.J. Mitchell also scored twice for Nevada.

Trailing 21-13 at halftime, Louisiana Tech rallied to go ahead, then lost the lead early in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead for good when McCown hit Tramissi Davis on a 30-yard scoring play with 9:49 left.

Moats sealed the victory with a 69-yard touchdown run with 6:13 to play. Moats had twice scored on 1-yard runs earlier in the game. Nevada jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on short touchdown runs by Mitchell and Kretschmer.

Louisiana Tech got on the scoreboard with a 24-yard field goal by Josh Scobee, but then Nevada went ahead 21-3 on a 22-yard touchdown run by Talib Wise with 13:48 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs scored their first touchdown on a 1-yard run by Moats with 6:54 remaining in the half. Scobee later added a 39-yard field goal to make it 21-13 at the intermission.

"It was a bootleg and I anticipated an out rout and I slipped down and he took up the field," Jones said. "He didn't do anything we didn't know he'd do. He just makes great plays and part of that was us being out of position."

Woods caught four passes for 109 yards and his younger brother D'Juan added six catches for 58 yards.

The Aggies avoided their first shutout at Kyle Field since a 17-0 loss to Cincinnati in 1971 early in the fourth quarter. McNeal hit Terrence Murphy with a 56-yard pass to the 12 before Courtney Lewis ran in from 7 yards.

Todd Pegram kicked a 35-yard field goal with 7:40 left in the game.

Lewis rushed 171 yards on 26 carries for the Aggies.

"I don't think they have believed in their abilities and they are frustrated as they should be," Franchione said. "I told them after the game if they weren't hurting, they shouldn't be here."