Scores

Final

New Mexico St 48

(3-2, 1-0 Sun Belt)

Nevada 45

(3-3, 1-1 MW)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:00 PM ET, October 11, 2008

Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

1 2 3 4 T
NMSU 7 14 17 1048
NEV 10 14 14 745

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 409 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: V. Taua (NEV) - 20 CAR, 188 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Williams (NMSU) - 6 REC, 128 YDS

New Mexico St. 48, Nevada 45

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Chase Holbrook passed for 409 yards and 3 touchdowns to help New Mexico State win a shootout over Nevada 48-45 on Saturday.

Holbrook also rushed for a touchdown for the Aggies (3-2 overall, 1-0 WAC), who controlled the ball for the final 3:51 to run out the clock in a game that saw the two teams combine for more than 1,000 yards in total offense.

New Mexico State had 513 yards in total offense, while the Wolf Pack (3-3, 1-1 WAC) had 507 yards in a seesaw game that had nine lead changes and three ties.

Nevada?s Vai Taua rushed for 188 yards and scored a career-best four touchdowns. He took in a 16-yard screen pass from Colin Kaepernick from 14 yards to tie the score at 38 with 51 seconds left in the third quarter.

New Mexico State responded with a seven-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Holbrook to Marcus Anderson to go ahead 45-38 with 13:38 left in the game.

After Nevada was forced to punt, Kyle Hughes kicked an 18-yard field goal to put the Aggies up 48-38.

Nevada scored on a 19-yard pass from Kaepernick to Chris Wellington with 3:51 left to pull to within 3 points, but the Wolf Pack could never get the ball back as the Aggies ran out the clock.

Holbrook completed 28 of 47 passes and had one interception. Kaepernick was 15 of 26 for 194 yards and three touchdowns and one interception.

New Mexico State defensive lineman Oren Long picked up a Kaepernick fumble and ran it back 83 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to give New Mexico State a 38-31 lead.

Marque Colston rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies. He also caught a touchdown pass from Holbrook. Chris Williams had 6 catches for 128 yards. New Mexico was also 3 of 3 on fourth-down conversions.

Nevada led 24-21 at halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NMSU
NEV
1st Downs2828
Total Yards513507
Passing409194
Rushing104313
Penalties6-397-64
3rd Down Conversions7-165-10
4th Down Conversions3-30-1
Turnovers13
Possession31:1628:44

Passing Leaders

New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holbrook28/474098.731
NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kaepernick15/261947.531

Rushing Leaders

New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Colston241184.9158
Opetaia5163.206
NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taua201889.4248
Kaepernick12544.5132

Receiving Leaders

New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams612821.3033
Harris69515.8037
NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell59719.4023
Taua5499.8216

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNMSUNEV
TD12:50Colin Kaepernick 32 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 07
TD07:17Marquell Colston 3 Yd Run (Kyle Hughes Kick) 77
FG01:21Brett Jaekle 41 Yd 710
SECOND QUARTERNMSUNEV
TD13:40Weston Neiman 14 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 1410
TD09:59Vai Taua 8 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1417
TD06:30Marquell Colston 17 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 2117
TD02:43Vai Taua 3 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 2124
THIRD QUARTERNMSUNEV
TD12:35Chase Holbrook 2 Yd Run (Kyle Hughes Kick) 2824
TD09:46Vai Taua 5 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 2831
FG07:04Kyle Hughes 29 Yd 3131
TD05:20Oren Long 83 Yd Fumble Return (Kyle Hughes Kick) 3831
TD00:51Vai Taua 16 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 3838
FOURTH QUARTERNMSUNEV
TD13:38Marcus Anderson 7 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 4538
FG06:27Kyle Hughes 18 Yd 4838
TD03:51Chris Wellington 19 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 4845