Scores

Final

Nevada 20

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Colorado State 35

(3-0, 2-0 home)

5:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Hughes Stadium (CO), Fort Collins, CO

1 2 3 4 T
NEV 0 0 6 1420
CSU 14 0 7 1435

Top Performers

Passing: G. Stucker (CSU) - 165 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: V. Taua (NEV) - 14 CAR, 95 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Wimberly (NEV) - 7 REC, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Colorado St. 35, Nevada 20

Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Grant Stucker accounted for three scores while wide receiver Dion Morton threw a touchdown pass and hauled in another, leading Colorado State to a 35-20 win over Nevada on Saturday.

The Rams are 3-0 for the first time in 15 years. They also moved to 6-0 against the Wolf Pack (0-2) in Fort Collins.

Stucker ran for a 35-yard touchdown and threw for two more. He had a 32-yard strike to Zac Pauga and hit Morton on a 49-yard post route midway through the third quarter that broke open a close game.

Morton harkened back to his high school days as a quarterback in the first quarter, tossing a 25-yard strike to Eric Peitz on a gadget play. Morton took a lateral from Stucker and lofted it to a wide open Peitz.

It was Morton's second touchdown throw of the season.

John Mosure returned to Colorado State's backfield after sitting out last week's game with a head injury and rushed for 99 yards and a score.

The Rams took advantage of the error-prone Wolf Pack offense, intercepting two passes and recovering three fumbles. The miscues set up 28 of the Rams' points.

Vai Taua rushed for 95 yards, adding touchdown runs of 31 and 2 yards for Nevada. Brandon Wimberly had a 13-yard TD catch as time expired. He finished with seven catches for 104 yards.

The Rams clamped down on versatile quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who finished with 24 yards rushing and 251 through the air, most coming late in the game. Kaepernick also threw two interceptions and had a fumble.

The Wolf Pack broke a scoring drought that had reached nearly 93 minutes when Taua broke loose for a 31-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. It was Nevada's first score of the season after being bottled up in a 35-0 loss at Notre Dame in its opener.

Despite an extra week to prepare, Nevada sputtered again in the first half and went into halftime trailing 14-0. It was the first time Colorado State held an opponent scoreless in the opening half since 2003 against Weber State.

With the victory, Rams coach Steve Fairchild tied Sonny Lubick at 10-6 for the second-best start by a coach in program history. Bob Davis has the best mark, going 10-5-1 through 16 games in 1947-48.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NEV
CSU
1st Downs2321
Total Yards420369
Passing251190
Rushing169179
Penalties11-644-36
3rd Down Conversions7-135-12
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers50
Possession30:5929:01

Passing Leaders

NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kaepernick25/382516.612
Colorado StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stucker10/201658.320

Rushing Leaders

NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taua14956.8231
Lippincott9525.8019
Colorado StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mosure18995.5118
Stucker6437.2135

Receiving Leaders

NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wimberly710414.9130
Session78612.3032
Colorado StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Morton26331.5149
Greer34715.7019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEVCSU
TD08:42John Mosure 1 Yd Run (Ben Deline Kick) 07
TD02:03Eric Peitz 25 Yd Pass From Dion Morton (Ben Deline Kick) 014
THIRD QUARTERNEVCSU
TD12:08Vai Taua 31 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 614
TD06:22Dion Morton 49 Yd Pass From Grant Stucker (Ben Deline Kick) 621
FOURTH QUARTERNEVCSU
TD14:53Zac Pauga 32 Yd Pass From Grant Stucker (Ben Deline Kick) 628
TD06:43Grant Stucker 35 Yd Run (Ben Deline Kick) 635
TD03:08Vai Taua 2 Yd Run (Vai Taua Run For Two-Point Conversion) 1435
TD00:00Brandon Wimberly 13 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick 2035