MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -Nevada quarterback Jeff Rowe threw for 162 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another score Saturday to lead the Wolf Pack to a 45-7 Western Athletic Conference victory over Idaho.
Nevada (6-3, 3-2 WAC) put the game away late in the first half. Following a 30-yard Rowe touchdown pass to Marko Mitchell, defensive end J.J. Milan forced Idaho quarterback Steve Wichman to fumble two plays into the Vandals' ensuing drive.
Milan also recovered the loose ball, and Nevada scored four plays later to extend its lead to 28-0 with just under four minutes to go in the opening half.
The Wolf Pack pushed the lead to 31-0 on a 19-yard Brett Jaekle field goal as time expired in the opening half.
While Nevada's offense clicked in the opening two quarters, Idaho's was dormant. The Vandals (4-6, 3-3) ran 24 first-half plays and generated just 22 yards. At the same time, Nevada racked up 187 total yards, 130 of them on the ground, while making 12 first downs to Idaho's three.
Nevada finished the day with 417 yards of offense to the Vandals' 209.
Caleb Spencer was Rowe's favorite target, as the senior receiver reeled in five catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Luke Lippincott led the Wolf Pack on the ground with 93 yards and a pair of scores.
In addition to the stingy first half, Nevada's defense sacked Idaho quarterbacks five times, with Milan leading the way with a pair. Wichman finished his day completing 8-of-16 passing attempts for 71 yards. Senior receiver Wendell Octave caught three passes for 47 yards.
One of the highlights for Idaho came late in the fourth quarter, when Stanley Franks grabbed an interception - his eighth of the season - tying him for the national lead in the category.