RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada quarterback Jeff Rowe completed
24-of-45 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two
more scores to lead the Wolf Pack to a 37-27 win over Louisiana
Tech on Saturday.
Nevada running back B.J. Mitchell added 146 yards on 26 carries,
as the Wolf Pack racked up 458 yards of total offense while holding
the Bulldogs to 229, including just 68 yards on the ground.
Despite the offensive disparity, Nevada (4-2, 3-0 Western
Athletic Conference) needed a 78-yard drive to lead to a 21-yard
field goal by Brett Jaekle, giving Nevada a 30-27 lead with 3:12 to
Nevada started quickly, taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Rowe hit Nichirin Flowers for a 7-yard score with 10:20 left in the
first and hit Tommy Haug for a 3-yard score with 4:00 left in the
But Louisiana Tech (2-3, 2-1) got some help in the second with
Rowe's fumble that was recovered by Eddie White in the end zone and
Mitchell's fumble on the Nevada 1 that led to Freddie Franklin's
1-yard touchdown run with 2:32 before halftime.
Rowe erased the Bulldogs' 21-14 halftime lead with a 31-yard run
with 9:12 left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs took a 27-24 lead again early in the fourth on
Patrick Jackson's 3-yard score with 13:55 left but had the extra
point blocked. Nevada tied the game with 9:39 left on Jaekle's
30-yard field goal.