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NCAA Game Summary - Nevada at New Mexico State

(Friday, November 2nd)

Final Score: Nevada 40, New Mexico State 38

Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) - Colin Kaepernick threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more scores as the Nevada Wolf Pack squeezed out a thrilling 40-38 victory against the New Mexico State Aggies in Western Athletic Conference play at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Kaepernick converted 15-of-28 passing for 237 yards and was second on the team with another 136 yards rushing on 11 carries for the Wolf Pack (5-4, 3-2 WAC) as they won their third straight contest.

The Aggies (4-6, 1-4) had a chance to win it in the final seconds, but a 44- yard field goal attempt by Paul Young hooked wide to the left in the team's second consecutive loss and the fourth in the last five outings.

Quarterback Chase Holbrook brought NMSU back from double-digit deficits by throwing for 407 yards and four touchdowns on 35-of-49 passing.

Brett Jaekle, who missed a crucial PAT on Nevada's game-winning drive with just a minute to play in the fourth quarter, opened the game with successful field goals of 34 and 41 yards in the first frame for the visitors.

Capping a lengthy 14-play, 65-yard drive with just over eight minutes to play in the first half, Kaepernick found Adam Bishop with a five-yard touchdown pass to make the score 13-0 in favor of the Pack.

A 37-yard field goal by Young at the 3:25 mark of the period cut the deficit to 10 points.

On the ensuing drive, Nevada got away with a questionable call when Marko Mitchell appeared to have stepped out of bounds on a reception, but then turned up the field and raced into the end zone on what became a 64-yard pass play from Kaepernick.

The Aggies finally found the end zone with just 32 seconds remaining in the half thanks to a six-yard run by Tonny Glynn, who later left the game with an apparent ankle injury.

Trailing 20-10 at the break, NMSU rallied in the third quarter as Holbrook connected with Kenneth Buckley and AJ Harris on scoring plays of 35 and eight yards, respectively, providing the Aggies with a 24-20 edge entering the final 15 minutes of action.

The teams traded leads throughout the fourth quarter, beginning with Nevada when Kaepernick scrambled from 31 yards out into the end zone just 13 seconds into the frame.

Holbrook and Buckley combined once again to give the lead back to the home team when they hooked up for a 25-yard touchdown play to make the score 31-27.

But the lead was short lived with Kaepernick showing his elusiveness on another exciting 35-yard TD run midway through the period.

Capitalizing on a soft defense that was trying to keep plays in front of them, the Aggies put themselves ahead at 38-34 with a 32-yard scoring pass from Holbrook to Harris.

With NMSU settling back into a prevent defense of its own in the final minutes, Kaepernick patiently chipped away small chunks of yardage on the next drive, eventually throwing a 31-yard bullet to Mike McCoy over the middle that reached the end zone.

But before the Wolf Pack had a chance to celebrate, a high snap on the PAT left Jaekle missing the kick to the left, leaving the visitors with a narrow 40-38 lead with Holbrook and Co. ready to march back onto the field.

Young's career long of 41 yards came in NMSU's most recent outing against Hawaii on the road last week, so in order for him to feel comfortable Holbrook had to engineer a drive to get within the 25-yard line. The Aggies made it close, but a false start penalty and a run by Justine Buries for no gain left the kicker outside his range in the two-point setback.

Thanks to Luke Lippincott who finished with a game-high 143 yards rushing to mark his fourth straight 100-yard effort, the Wolf Pack registered 285 yards on the ground and finished with 522 yards overall, compared to 510 yards for the Aggies.

11/03 01:04:54 ET

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