Scores

Final

Nevada 40

(5-4, 3-2 MW)

8:00 PM ET, November 2, 2007

Aggie Memorial Stadium, LAS CRUCES, NM

1 2 3 4 T
NEV 6 14 0 2040
NMSU 0 10 14 1438

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 407 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: C. Kaepernick (NEV) - 11 CAR, 136 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Harris (NMSU) - 11 REC, 130 YDS, 2 TD

McCoy's TD reception in final minute locks up Wolf Pack's win

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- With his strong arm and quick legs, Colin Kaepernick is giving Nevada every reason to hope for another bowl game.

Kaepernick, a redshirt freshman, threw a 31-yard touchdown strike to Mike McCoy with a minute remaining, lifting Nevada to a stirring 40-38 victory over New Mexico State on Friday night.

"We kind of expected a shootout, the way they threw the ball and the way they're capable of putting up points," Kaepernick said. "We knew it would come down to us scoring at the end."

The Wolf Pack (5-4, 3-2 Western Athletic Conference) won their third straight and held on after Brett Jaekle missed the extra point attempt after McCoy's touchdown.

"He's such a good kicker. My reaction was there's no excuse," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "Game's on the line. You're expected to make that. I'm surprised. I'm shocked he did that."

The Aggies (4-6, 1-4) drove to Nevada's 27 on their final possession, but Paul Young's 44-yard field attempt sailed low and wide left, touching off a celebration on Nevada's sideline.

"We didn't lose on the field goal," New Mexico State coach Hal Mumme said. "Paul missed but he hit it long enough. He just pulled it. You can't put it on him. We had our chances to win."

It was a huge victory as Nevada seeks its third straight bowl bid. With WAC front-runners Hawaii and Boise State on target for bowl bids, both teams needed to keep up with resurgent Fresno State (5-3, 4-1) in the postseason drive.

"We'd better not be thinking about a bowl," Ault said. "We have Hawaii first."

Kaepernick had a spectacular game, breaking two long TD runs in the fourth quarter and throwing for two more scores in his fourth start since replacing the injured Nick Graziano.

"Kaepernick is a great kid and he made some great plays. He made a heck of a play on the post route," Mumme said, recalling the game-winner. "He beat us. But our kids played hard and had a good chance to win."

Kaepernick's 35-yard sprint on third-and-15 gave the Wolf Pack a 34-31 lead with 7:13 remaining, and his 31-yarder on third-and-4 put Nevada ahead 27-24 early in the fourth quarter.

He finished with 136 yards rushing, and since taking over Kaepernick has accounted for 18 TDs.

"When Coach calls my number, I have to do what I can to get the offense to score," said Kaepernick, who was 15-of-28 for 237 yards passing with three TDs and one interception.

New Mexico State's Chase Holbrook threw for 407 yards and four touchdowns to become the school's career leader in TD passes, putting the Aggies ahead 38-34 with a 32-yard scoring pass to A.J. Harris with 3:38 to play.

It was the 56th TD pass of his career, breaking the mark of 55 set by Cody Ledbetter from 1991-95.

Mumme said Holbrook got only one practice because of a concussion in last week's 50-13 loss at Hawaii.

"Chase played great on one day of work," Mumme said.

That play was set up by Davon House's fourth interception in the last three games, putting the Aggies at their own 30 with 4:30 left.

Holbrook put the Aggies ahead 31-27 with 10 minutes to play, throwing a 25-yard TD pass to Kenneth Buckley.

Nevada's Luke Lippincott added 143 yards rushing, his fourth straight game over the 100-yard mark. He came in averaging 113.9 yards rushing, ranking second in the WAC.

In the first half, Kaepernick threw a 5-yard TD pass to Adam Bishop and a highlight-reel 64-yard scoring play to Marko Mitchell, who kept his feet in bounds near the 40 and raced to the end zone.

On that play, New Mexico State cornerback Chris Woods thought Mitchell had stepped out and made no effort to tackle him. Mumme challenged the ruling, but it was upheld after a review and Nevada led 20-3.

Holbrook then made it a game, leading the Aggies to 21 straight points. New Mexico State led 24-20 going into the fourth quarter after Holbrook tossed a shovel pass that Derek Dubois took for an 8-yard TD.

Nevada has won four straight over New Mexico State and leads the series 10-1.

The Aggies didn't have leading receiver Chris Williams, who is out for the season with a broken collarbone. Mumme said tailback Tony Glynn may be done for the season after breaking his ankle just before halftime.

"If we were getting hurt in practice, it would be different," Mumme said. "It's part of the game, and it's not good."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NEV
NMSU
1st Downs2329
Total Yards522510
Passing237407
Rushing285103
Penalties10-837-60
3rd Down Conversions9-156-15
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers21
Possession33:1526:45

Passing Leaders

NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kaepernick15/282378.531
New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holbrook35/494078.340

Rushing Leaders

NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lippincott301434.8016
Kaepernick1113612.4235
New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buries14684.9020
Glynn8313.917

Receiving Leaders

NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell613222.0164
McCoy35618.7131
New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris1113011.8232
Buckley511623.2241

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEVNMSU
FG07:19Brett Jaekle 34 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 55 yds, 4:17
30
FG03:42Brett Jaekle 41 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 39 yds, 2:38
60
SECOND QUARTERNEVNMSU
TD08:09Adam Bishop 5 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick)
Drive: 14 plays, 65 yds, 6:14
130
FG03:25Paul Young 37 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 57 yds, 4:37
133
TD01:57Marko Mitchell 64 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 69 yds, 1:22
203
TD00:32Tonny Glynn 6 Yd Run (Paul Young Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 65 yds, 1:25
2010
THIRD QUARTERNEVNMSU
TD07:25Kenneth Buckley 35 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 35 yds, :07
2017
TD00:46A.J. Harris 8 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 73 yds, 2:29
2024
FOURTH QUARTERNEVNMSU
TD14:47Colin Kaepernick 31 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 53 yds, :52
2724
TD10:06Kenneth Buckley 25 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 66 yds, :22
2731
TD07:13Colin Kaepernick 35 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 65 yds, 2:53
3431
TD03:38A.J. Harris 32 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 30 yds, :52
3438
TD01:00Mike Mccoy 31 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Pat Failed)
Drive: 9 plays, 76 yds, 2:32
4038