Scores

Final

Nevada 35

(7-5, 5-3 MW)

Louisiana Tech 31

(7-5, 5-3 C-USA)

Coverage: GamePlan

2:30 PM ET, November 29, 2008

Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA

1 2 3 4 T
NEV 0 7 14 1435
LT 7 10 14 031

Top Performers

Passing: C. Kaepernick (NEV) - 397 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Jackson (LT) - 10 CAR, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Mitchell (NEV) - 6 REC, 153 YDS, 2 TD

Nevada 35, Louisiana Tech 31

Associated Press

RUSTON, La. -- Vai Taua ran for a 22-yard touchdown with 3:15 left to cap Nevada's 35-31 comeback victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Taua's rush capped a 21-0 run that washed away Louisiana Tech's 31-14 lead with 4:48 left in the third. Nevada's three-touchdown turnaround started late in the third with Colin Kaepernick's 18-yard touchdown connection with Marko Mitchell, continued with Kaepernick's 27-yard toss to Mike McCoy to start the fourth and ended with Taua's game-winner.

Kaepernick completed 23 of 39 passes for 378 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for the Wolf Pack (7-5, 5-3 Western Athletic Conference). Taua finished with 57 yards on the ground. Marko Mitchell had 134 yards and two touchdowns on five catches, and Mike McCoy had 109 yards and a score on six receptions.

Ross Jenkins was 16-for-30 with 259 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (7-5, 5-3).

Jenkins' 26-yard pass to Shane Womack and Daniel Porter's 20-yard touchdown run helped give Louisiana Tech a 17-7 lead at halftime. After Kaepernick hit Mitchell on a 62-yard score, Jenkins hit Phillip Livas on a 44-yard score and Patrick Johnson's 4-yard run made it 31-14. The Bulldogs didn't score again.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NEV
LT
1st Downs2925
Total Yards500443
Passing397258
Rushing103185
Penalties6-456-65
3rd Down Conversions9-176-13
4th Down Conversions2-20-2
Turnovers21
Possession34:0125:59

Passing Leaders

NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kaepernick24/423979.541
Louisiana TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jenkins17/312588.320

Rushing Leaders

NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taua22612.8122
Kaepernick13282.2012
Louisiana TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson10797.9123
Porter16503.1120

Receiving Leaders

NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell615325.5262
McCoy610918.2130
Louisiana TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Livas57014.0144
Porter24120.5024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEVLT
TD06:34Shane Womack 26 Yd Pass From Ross Jenkins (Brad Oestriecher Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNEVLT
TD13:21Chris Wellington 9 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 77
TD12:19Daniel Porter 20 Yd Run (Brad Oestriecher Kick) 714
FG04:26Brad Oestriecher 22 Yd 717
THIRD QUARTERNEVLT
TD12:06Marko Mitchell 62 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1417
TD11:27Phillip Livas 44 Yd Pass From Ross Jenkins (Brad Oestriecher Kick) 1424
TD04:48Patrick Jackson 4 Yd Run (Brad Oestriecher Kick) 1431
TD01:26Marko Mitchell 18 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 2131
FOURTH QUARTERNEVLT
TD11:42Mike McCoy 27 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 2831
TD03:15Vai Taua 22 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 3531