NCAA Game Summary - Nevada at Texas Tech
(Saturday, September 24th)
Final Score: Texas Tech 35, Nevada 34
Lubbock, TX (Sports Network) - Seth Doege hit Eric Ward with a four-yard TD pass with 36 seconds remaining as the Texas Tech Red Raiders secured a thrilling 35-34 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack in non-conference play at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Tech had a fourth-and-goal with 44 seconds to play from just inside the four- yard line after being stacked up on the previous three downs and that's when Doege scrambled and found Ward all alone in the corner of the end zone to put Texas Tech (3-0) on top and eventually into the win column.
Doege finished the night 26-of-38 for 222 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Raiders, while Ward turned six receptions into 51 yards and a pair of TDs. Eric Stephens ran for a team-best 134 yards and two scores on 26 carries for the hosts.
The Wolf Pack (1-2) was paced by Cody Fajardo who gained 139 yards and scored twice on 10 rushing attempts. Mike Ball also gained 139 yards for Nevada, the team racing for a season-best 312 yards on 46 attempts. Fajardo completed 4- of-6 passes for 59 yards and a TD as he teamed with Tyler Lantrip (191 yards, one TD) to give the visitors a fighting chance.
Following a scoreless first quarter Doege and Ward combined on a two-yard TD pass play at the 9:32 mark of the second quarter to put the Red Raiders ahead by a 7-0 score.
Nevada then ripped off 21 straight points, beginning with a six-yard TD run by Fajardo, followed by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Fajardo to Kolby Arendse, making the score 14-7 at the break.
On the opening possession of the second half the Pack put together a seven- play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a two-yard TD pass from Lantrip to Rishard Matthews to make the score 21-7.
Tech responded at the 8:22 mark of the third quarter as Stephens reached the end zone on a 10-yard run, cutting the deficit to 21-14.
The Wolf Pack again looked to Fajardo to make a difference, which he did with a 56-yard TD run to push Nevada back out to a two-touchdown advantage.
Needing just 1:17 to respond, Tech moved the ball 63 yards on three plays and capped the brief drive with an eight-yard Td pass from Doege to Jace Amaro.
Two minutes into the fourth quarter the Pack saw an 11-play drive stall and leaned on kicker Anthony Martinez to convert a 25-yard field goal to give the visitors a double-digit lead again at 31-21.
On the ensuing possession the Red Raiders again made their way into the end zone, thanks to a one-yard run by Stephens, making the score 31-28.
Chewing up almost five minutes on the clock, Nevada again was forced to turn to Martinez who knocked through a 21-yard field goal with 4:49 remaining in regulation to give the team a 34-28 edge.
Doege took control in the final minutes, putting together a nine-play, 56-yard drive the closed out with what turned into the game-winning TD.
The Pack had one last opportunity to respond, but their final drive began at their own 25-yard line and was comprised of three straight incomplete passes and a sack on the final offensive play of the night for the visitors.
Nevada absorbed the loss despite averaging eight yards per snap and gaining 562 yards, compared to 441 yards for the Red Raiders.
09/25 00:43:31 ET