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NCAA Game Summary - Fresno State at Nevada



(Saturday, October 6th)

Final Score: Fresno State 49, Nevada 41

Reno, NV (Sports Network) - The Fresno State Bulldogs won a shootout over the Nevada Wolf Pack, 49-41, in Western Athletic Conference battle at Mackay Stadium behind freshman running back Ryan Mathews' 171 yards and three touchdowns.

Mathews and Lonyae Miller were the catalysts of 307 rushing yards for the Bulldogs (3-2, 2-0 WAC). Miller chipped in 95 yards and added a score as the team averaged a staggering 8.8 yards per carry.

Nevada (2-3, 0-1) freshman Colin Kaepernick filled in admirably for starting quarterback Nick Graziano, who left the game with an injury in the second quarter. Kaepernick finished the contest 23-of-36 for 384 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a score. Receivers Marko Mitchell and Mike McCoy broke the century mark for receiving yards with 135 and 116, respectfully.

Nevada, in its first conference game of the season, took the lead on a 22-yard field goal off the foot of Brett Jaekle early in the first quarter.

Mathews' first touchdown of the contest came later in the frame on a three-yard run.

A quick three-and-out by Nevada resulted in a punt, which Clifton Smith promptly returned 67 yards for a touchdown, putting FSU up 14-3.

Jaekle's second field goal from 36 yards out cut into the lead, and Kaepernick's connection with Mitchell from nine yards out put the game within reach at 14-13.

But on the next drive, Mathews broke into the open for 54 yards and a touchdown and put the Bulldogs up by eight.

The Pack attempted yet another field goal late in the second quarter, but the kick was blocked and returned 40 yards for a touchdown by A.J. Jefferson. The score at the half was 28-13 in favor of Fresno State.

On FSU's first possession Mathews took the ball 67 yards for a score, his third visit to the end zone on the day.

Nevada battled back and made the score 35-20 on Kaepernick's second touchdown pass, a 10-yard effort to Brandon Fragger.

Smith capped off a six minute drive with a 15-yard scamper and Miller followed that five minutes later with a 72-yard dash to give the Bulldogs a commanding 29-point lead.

With the score 49-20, Kaepernick accounted for three scores in the fourth, the first on a three-yard run, the next two courtesy of passes of 36 and 34 yards to Luke Lippincott and Adam Bishop, respectively.

Nevada recorded an incredible 702 yards of offense, running 89 offensive plays, compared to only 51 for the Bulldogs. Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater finished the contest 10-of-16 for 168 yards as he allowed the rushing attack to shoulder the load.

The loss was the first for Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault at home in Reno versus Fresno State in his 23 years as the top man for Nevada.

10/06 22:09:29 ET


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