NCAA Game Summary - Nevada at Louisiana Tech|
(Saturday, December 4th)
Final Score: (14) Nevada 35, Louisiana Tech 17
Ruston, LA (Sports Network) - Colin Kaepernick completed 13-of-17 throws for
159 yards and carried 20 times for 155 yards and three touchdowns to finish
off another record-setting performance in 14th-ranked Nevada's 35-17 win over
Louisiana Tech at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The senior signal-caller tied Nebraska's Eric Crouch for the most career
rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in NCAA history with 59, and joined West
Virginia's Pat White and Brad Smith of Missouri as the only quarterbacks to
rush for 4,000 or more yards during their careers. Kaepernick increased his
career total to 4,090.
Vai Taua carried 29 times for 162 yards and two scores for the Wolfpack (12-1,
7-1 WAC), who pulled even with Boise State and Hawaii for a share of the
conference crown and matched a school record set in 1991 with their 12th win.
Taua passed Charvez Foger to become the second-leading rusher in Nevada
history with 4,512 yards.
Nevada head coach Chris Ault notched his 218th career victory at the FBS level
to match Mack Brown of Texas for fourth-most among active coaches.
"It was a great finish," an exuberant Ault said. "I am proud of these guys. We
played a good Tech team and we played well in the second half. I thought our
coaching staff did a great job making adjustments and our players played
Ross Jenkins threw for 188 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-23 efficiency while
Lennon Creer carried 18 times for 49 yards for the Bulldogs (5-7, 4-4), who
ended the season with losses in three of their last five games.
"This program is the type of program that we expect to go to bowl games," said
Bulldogs head coach Sonny Dykes. "You always want to play your best and as a
coach when your team doesn't play its best, you're disappointed. We've got
some good guys coming back next year, so we'll go back to work on Monday.
We've got to learn and expect to win next season."
Kaepernick finished off a 12-play, 83-yard march with a one-yard sprint around
left end to give Nevada the lead for good at 21-14 5 1/2 minute into the third
Matt Nelson's 25-yard field goal with just under four minutes to play in the
period cut LA Tech's deficit to 21-17.
Facing 4th and 9 at the Bulldogs 28, Kapernick, spun away from a potential
sack, tightroped the left sideline and then cut back inside the 15 and dashed
into the end zone untouched to make it 28-17 with 13:53 to go in the game.
Taua banged one in from six yards away with slightly more than 10 minutes to
play to increase the Nevada lead to 35-17.
The Bulldogs marched 79 yards on nine plays on the game's first possession to
take the early lead on a 20-yard scoring pass from Jenkins to Eric Harper.
Nevada fashioned a 12-play drive that bridged the first two quarters and was
capped by Taua's one-yard scoring run that tied the game with 13 minutes left
before the intermission.
The hosts answered on their next drive, covering 74 yards on 12 plays to
regain the lead four minutes later on a one-yard TD run by Jenkins. A 36-yard
strike down the middle from Jenkins to Taulib Ikharo set up the score three
The Wolfpack responded on their next touch, as Kaepernick ran five yards for a
score to cap a 14-play, 83-yard series that made it a 14-14 game with 2:10 to
go in the first half.
Mike Ball added 41 yards rushing for the Wolfpack, who rolled up 379 yards on
the ground in the victory...Malcolm Shepherd led Nevada with four catches for
51 yards while Brandon Wimberly made three grabs for 49...Nevada has won the
last six meetings between the teams...Jenkins moved past Terry Bradshaw to
finish his career in sixth place on the school's all-time completions list
with 438...Phillip Livas recorded 162 yards in kickoff return yards and ended
his career as the school's all-time leader with 2,758. He finished second in
WAC history, 24 behind UTEP's Cedric Johnson...Ikharo paced the Bulldogs with
four receptions for 85 yards.
12/04 19:55:48 ET