Nevada 21

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Louisiana Tech 38

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

1:00 PM ET, September 6, 2004

Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA

1 2 3 4 T
NEV 0 0 7 1421
LT 7 14 10 738

Top Performers

Passing: J. Rowe (NEV) - 181 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: R. Moats (LT) - 33 CAR, 257 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: C. Spencer (NEV) - 7 REC, 50 YDS, 1 TD

Moats rushes for three scores

RUSTON, La. -- Ryan Moats thought he'd have a good game. But he didn't think it would be this good. Moats rushed for 257 yards, including three touchdowns, as Louisiana Tech beat Nevada 38-21 on Monday. "I never was expecting this kind of game, not in the first game and all. But at the same time, I was confident I could have a good game or at least a good enough one to where it would help our offense. And, I guess, today I did that," he said. Moats averaged 7.8 yards per carry and scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter and a 3-yard run in the second. He sprinted 45 yards for another score in the third. Tech head coach Jack Bicknell wasn't as surprised as Moats by the numbers the running back put up. "I felt like he could come out in the first game and have this kind of game, although I guess you never think about getting over 200 yards right out of the first game," he said. "But Ryan is that kind of athlete. He's the best running back I've ever been around." Tech had 396 total yards rushing. Danny Wilson scored on a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter, and quarterback Matt Kubik ran four times for 42 yards and Danny Wilson ran four times for 35 yards. The Tech defense held Nevada to just 7 yards rushing and sacked quarterback Jeff Rowe seven times in the opening game for both Western Athletic Conference schools. Rowe completed 18 of 32 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Caleb Spencer for an 11-yard TD pass in the third and Dell McGee caught an 11-yard score in the fourth. B.J. Mitchell led Nevada rushers with 37 yards on 11 carries. Nevada's Talib Wise caught a 26-yard TD pass from Travis Moore with 1:58 remaining in the game. "Offensively, there wasn't much to say except that Ryan Moats is a great running back. He was definitely the main guy for their offense today. We got down early and it made it tough coming back," Nevada head coach Chris Ault said. "But our team did come back later and did some things that hopefully we can build on for our next game."