Scores

Final

Grambling St 13

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Nevada 49

(1-0, 1-0 home)

9:05 PM ET, August 30, 2008

Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

1 2 3 4 T
GRAM 0 0 7 613
NEV 14 7 14 1449

Top Performers

Passing: G. Dillon (GRAM) - 225 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: V. Taua (NEV) - 12 CAR, 103 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Batiste (GRAM) - 6 REC, 95 YDS, 1 TD

Nevada 49, Grambling St. 13

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Nevada Wolf Pack to a 49-13 season-opening victory on Saturday over the Grambling State Tigers.

The victory was the Wolf Pack's first in its season opener since it beat Southern Utah, 24-23, in 2003.

Grambling State (0-1), which was out-gained 629-230, was led by quarterback Greg Dillon, who completed 13-of-25 passes for 225 yards. Dillon connected with running back Kenneth Batiste on a 21-yard touchdown pass to close out the scoring with 4:38 to play.

Kaepernick, who also completed 10-of-17 passes for 122 yards, scored on runs of 7 and 19 yards to open the scoring. The sophomore quarterback, who also scored on a 28-yard run in the third quarter, finished with 69 yards rushing on just six carries.

Nevada running back Vai Taua had a game-high 103 yards rushing on 12 carries. The sophomore scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter as Nevada took a 21-0 halftime lead and added a 4-yard score in the third quarter.

The Nevada defense held Grambling State to minus 11 yards rushing in the first half and just 5 total yards on the ground for the game on 40 carries. Nevada's offense rushed for 426 yards on 53 carries. Four Wolf Pack quarterbacks combined to complete 18-of-32 passes for 203 yards.

Grambling State broke Nevada's shutout with 9:19 to play in the third quarter on a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown by Desmond Lenard.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GRAM
NEV
1st Downs1029
Total Yards230629
Passing225203
Rushing5426
Penalties2-57-73
3rd Down Conversions6-196-14
4th Down Conversions0-32-3
Turnovers23
Possession31:0128:59

Passing Leaders

Grambling StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dillon13/252259.012
NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kaepernick10/171227.201

Rushing Leaders

Grambling StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker8141.8020
Phillips11111.0011
NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taua121038.6262
Fragger9839.2131

Receiving Leaders

Grambling StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Batiste69515.8159
Cheek14040.0040
NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy66711.2030
Mitchell44912.3019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGRAMNEV
TD12:54Colin Kaepernick 7 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 6 yds, :30
07
TD03:12Colin Kaepernick 19 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 40 yds, 1:01
014
SECOND QUARTERGRAMNEV
TD06:55Vai Taua 1 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 021
THIRD QUARTERGRAMNEV
TD11:23Vai Taua 4 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 028
TD09:19Desmond Lenard 61 Yd Interception Return (Luis Leal Kick) 728
TD06:29Colin Kaepernick 28 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 735
FOURTH QUARTERGRAMNEV
TD13:32Luke Lippincott 4 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 742
TD07:10Brandon Fragger 31 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 749
TD04:38Kenneth Batiste 21 Yd Pass From Greg Dillon (Pat Failed) 1349