Scores

Final

Fresno State 27

(6-4, 4-1 MW)

Nevada 10

(5-5, 3-3 MW)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:05 PM ET, November 8, 2003

Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

1 2 3 4 T
FRES 21 0 3 327
NEV 3 0 0 710

Fresno State 27, Nevada 10

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 WAC).

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.

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