RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Jeff Rowe completed 25 of 35 passes, including
a string of 11 straight completions, for 252 yards and two
touchdowns to lead Nevada to a 42-24 victory over San Jose State on
The Wolf Pack (5-4, 3-2 WAC) had six sacks and held San Jose
State to 305 yards of total offense and just 32 yards rushing.
Nevada ran up 454 total yards, with Nichiren Flowers catching nine
passes for 117 yards.
The Spartans (2-6, 1-4) appeared to be rallying late in the
third quarter, but Wolf Pack linebacker Shaun Tagatauli came free
on a blitz, forced quarterback Dale Rogers to fumble and recovered
on San Jose State's 5.
Nevada running back Chance Kretschmer punched it on the next
play, giving Nevada a 28-10 lead with 4:18 left in the third
The Wolf Pack appeared to put the Spartans away with running
back Drew Robinson's 1-yard touchdown run that made it 35-10 with
9:45 to play. But John Broussard returned the kickoff 95 yards to
make it 35-17.
Robinson finished San Jose State off 4 minutes later with a
12-yard run that gave Nevada a 42-17 lead with 5:36 to play. The
victory gave Nevada its first three-game winning streak since 1998.
The Wolf Pack ventured into San Jose State territory on all four
of their offensive possessions in the first half, but scored just
14 points thanks to a missed field goal and a failed fourth-down
Rowe, who completed 13 of 15 passes for 156 yards in the first
half, completed a 14-yard throw to Flowers on an inside screen in
the first half. That set up B.J. Mitchell's 1-yard run that gave
Nevada a 14-0 lead with 6:31 to play in the first half.
Rowe had connected with receiver Caleb Spencer for a 4-yard
touchdown play that gave the Wolf Pack a 7-0 lead with 1:51 in the