NCAA Game Summary - Nevada at New Mexico State
(Saturday, November 21st)
Final Score: Nevada 63, New Mexico State 20
Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) - Luke Lippincott ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns as the Nevada Wolf Pack posted a resounding 63-20 win over the New Mexico State Aggies in Western Athletic Conference action at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
With his yardage total, Lippincott went over the 1,000 yard mark for the season, which means Nevada (8-3, 6-0 WAC) is the first team in NCAA history to have three different players reach at least 1,000 yards rushing in the same campaign. Joining Lippincott on that list are Vai Taua and quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the pair finishing with 126 and 114 yards, respectively, in the lopsided win on Saturday night.
Kaepernick, who was replaced in the second half by Tyler Lantrip, converted 5- of-11 passes for 96 yards and two more touchdowns for a Wolf Pack squad that ran for a staggering 574 yards on 61 attempts.
The Aggies (3-6, 1-5) were led by Jeff Fleming who completed 8-of-19 for 77 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also picked off twice in the decision.
NMSU scored the first points of the contest on a 31-yard field goal by kicker Kyle Hughes, but after that the Pack ran away with the win.
Nevada ripped off 28 unanswered points in the first quarter, beginning with a 56-yard TD pass from Kaepernick to Chris Wellington at the 10:07 mark of the frame. Less than two minutes later Kaepernick raced 57 yards to the end zone to make the score 14-3. A 28-yard TD run by Lippincott and a 23-yard scoring run by Taua gave the Pack a 28-3 edge heading into the second period.
Just as he did in the first quarter, Hughes converted a field goal for the Aggies, this time from 21 yards away to cut the deficit to 28-6.
Touchdown runs of seven and 16 yards by Kaepernick and Taua, respectively, in the second quarter made the score 42-6 at the break.
The onslaught continued in the third quarter as Lippincott hit the end zone on a 32-yard run and Lantrip also scored on a four-yard run of his own to push the advantage to 56-6.
Less than a minute into the fourth it was backup Mark Lampford who put his name on the stat sheet with a 23-yard TD run to make the score 63-6.
The Aggies finally broke through in the fourth, snapping a string of 20 straight quarters in which the offense failed to score a touchdown, as Allen Marcus reeled in TD passes of 14 and 11 yards, leaving the home team with a 43-point setback once the smoke cleared.
NMSU, which has the longest current streak for being left out of the postseason, last getting the call to a bowl in 1960, logged only 232 yards of total offense.
Nevada, which entered the week leading the nation in rushing with 353.1 ypg, posted an incredible 670 yards of total offense and set itself up for the conference title showdown against Boise State on Friday night in Idaho.
11/22 02:49:34 ET