RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Paul Pinegar passed for 184 yards and a
touchdown, and Dwayne Wright ran for 91 yards and a score to lead
Fresno State past Nevada 27-10 Saturday and keep the Bulldogs'
hopes alive for a fifth consecutive bowl bid.
Fresno State's defense forced a pair of key turnovers early en
route to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and Brett Visintainer
added field goals of 42 and 22 yards for the Bulldogs (6-4, 4-2
Andy Heiser completed 17 of 33 passes for 308 yards, including a
58-yard TD in the fourth quarter to Tim Fleming, who had 125 yards
receiving for the Wolf Pack (5-5, 3-2). Chance Kretschmer, who led
the NCAA in rushing two years ago, was held to 60 yards on the
ground for Nevada, which lost its third in a row.
Bernard Berrian had five catches for 73 yards to go with 78
return yards for Fresno State, which scored on its opening drive
for the first time this year -- an 80-yard march on 14 plays capped
by Pinegar's 5-yard TD pass to tight end Mark Wood.
After Nevada went three and out, Berrian returned a punt 54
yards to set up Bryson Sumlin's 1-yard scoring run that put the
Bulldogs up 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
Garrett McIntyre tackled Kretschmer in the backfield on the next
play from scrimmage, forcing a fumble. Fellow defensive end Claude
Sanders recovered on Nevada's 17 to set up Wright's 3-yard TD for a
21-0 lead with 5:22 left in the first.
Damon Fine's 39-yard field goal made it 21-3, and Heiser passed
64 yards to Maurice Mann to move Nevada deep into Bulldogs
territory in the second quarter, but Richard Marshall intercepted
Talib Wise's halfback pass at the 1-yard line.
The Bulldogs defense came up big again five minutes before
halftime, stopping Kretschmer for no gain on consecutive plays,
including fourth-and-1 at the Fresno State 10.