NCAA Game Summary - Nevada vs. Boston College|
(Sunday, January 9th)
Final Score: (13) Nevada 20, Boston College 13
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Rishard Matthews caught a touchdown pass
and returned a punt for a score, as the 13th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack ended a
successful season with a 20-13 victory over the Boston College Eagles in the
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Matthews caught seven passes for 86 yards and returned a punt 72 yards for a
touchdown for the Wolf Pack (13-1), who were making an appearance in
postseason action for the sixth straight season.
Colin Kaepernick connected on 20-of-33 passes for 192 yards, a touchdown and
an interception for Nevada, which had lost its last four bowl games. Vai Taua
carried the ball 22 times for 76 yards.
Chase Rettig completed 14-of-34 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions for
the Eagles (7-6), who were making their 12th straight appearance in a bowl
Andre Williams carried the ball 19 times for 70 yards and a score for Boston
College, which ended the regular season with five consecutive wins.
The Wolf Pack's second possession of the game resulted in Kaepernick fumbling
the football. Donnie Fletcher recovered for Boston College and ran six yards
to the Nevada 30-yard line.
On the first play, Williams found a hole on the left side and scampered into
the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
The Wolf Pack responded with a 10-play, 77-yard drive. Nevada converted on two
third downs during the march, which Matthews capped with a 27-yard TD catch.
After the Eagles went three-and-out, Matthews returned a punt 72 yards for a
touchdown to make it 14-7 with 2:27 left in the first quarter.
Anthony Martinez's 32-yard field goal past the midway mark of the second
period gave the Wolf Pack a 17-7 lead at the break.
Kaepernick was intercepted by Luke Kuechly early in the third stanza. A 31-
yard return put the ball at the Nevada six. Boston College was forced to
settle for a 22-yard Nate Freese field goal.
Martinez made a 27-yard field goal late in the third to give the Wolf Pack a
Taua fumbled on the third play of the fourth quarter, but the Eagles did
nothing on offense.
Following multiple punts, Boston College got the ball back at its own 33 with
5 1/2 minutes to play. The Eagles put together a nine-play drive that Freese
capped with a 32-yarder.
Nevada went three-and-out on offense, giving the ball back to the Eagles with
over three minutes to go. Chris Pantale caught a 32-yard pass on the first
play, but Khalid Wooten picked off Rettig two plays later.
This was the first meeting between these two schools...Kaepernick surpassed
3,000 yards passing for the season, which allowed him to join Brad Smith and
Vince Young as the only FBS quarterbacks to rush for at least 1,000 yards and
throw for 3,000 in the same season...The Eagles fell to 13-9 in bowl games,
and haven't won a postseason game since 2007...Nevada improved to 4-7 in bowl
01/10 02:12:36 ET