Scores

Final

Utah State 17

(1-6, 1-2 MW)

Nevada 44

(4-3, 2-1 MW)

4:00 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

1 2 3 4 T
USU 0 7 3 717
NEV 6 14 10 1444

Top Performers

Passing: D. Borel (USU) - 262 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: V. Taua (NEV) - 17 CAR, 122 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Mitchell (NEV) - 4 REC, 122 YDS, 1 TD

Nevada 44, Utah St. 17

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Colin Kaepernick rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as Nevada beat Utah State 44-17 on Saturday.

Vai Taua rushed for 122 and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (4-3 overall, 2-1 WAC).

After sitting out the first quarter, Kaepernick came off the bench and scored on a 19-yard run on his first touchdown of the game. He later threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Marko Mitchell and scored on a 1-yard run, completing 10-of-20 passes for 197 yards and throwing one interception.

Diondre Borel was 19-of-38 for 262 yards and two touchdowns for Utah State (1-6, 0-3 WAC). His first of two touchdown passes to Otis Nelson pulled the Aggies within six points of the Wolf Pack, 13-6 with 2:27 left in the first half.

Nevada answered with a 6-play, 68-yard drive capped by a 10-yard touchdown run by Mike McCoy to lead 20-7 at halftime.

The Wolf Pack stretched the lead to 30-7 on a 26-yard field goal by Brett Jaekle and Kaepernick's 75-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell with 5:54 left in the third quarter. Mitchell had 4 catches for 122 yards.

A 52-yard strike from Borel to Nelson helped the Aggies cut into the Wolf Pack lead, bringing it to 37-17, but Nevada's Jared Silva-Purcell picked off Borel and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown for the game's final score.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USU
NEV
1st Downs1622
Total Yards333523
Passing262239
Rushing71284
Penalties11-859-79
3rd Down Conversions6-205-12
4th Down Conversions1-31-3
Turnovers24
Possession33:3026:30

Passing Leaders

Utah StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Borel19/382626.921
NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kaepernick10/201979.911

Rushing Leaders

Utah StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Borel21502.4021
Butler492.306
NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taua171227.2127
Randall10676.7018

Receiving Leaders

Utah StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson48621.5252
Lloyd46917.3029
NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell412230.5175
Taua46616.5054

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSUNEV
TD06:25Vai Taua 26 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 06
SECOND QUARTERUSUNEV
TD13:38Colin Kaepernick 19 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 013
TD02:27Otis Nelson 16 Yd Pass From Diondre Borel (Peter Caldwell Kick) 713
TD01:06Mike Mccoy 10 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 720
THIRD QUARTERUSUNEV
FG08:11Brett Jaekle 26 Yd 723
TD05:54Marko Mitchell 75 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 730
FG02:57Chris Ulinski 42 Yd 1030
FOURTH QUARTERUSUNEV
TD10:45Colin Kaepernick 1 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1037
TD09:48Otis Nelson 52 Yd Pass From Diondre Borel (Peter Caldwell Kick) 1737
TD01:44Jared Silva-Purcell 47 Yd Interception Return (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1744