Nevada Post-Game Notes
vs. Boston College
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Jan. 9, 2011
With the win, No. 13/15 Nevada …
- Finished 13-1 on the season (7-1 in WAC play) and improved to 503-435-33 overall (104th season) and 123-95 as an FBS school.
- Coach Chris Ault improved to 219-97-1 in his 26-year career.
- Improved its advantage in the all-time series to 7-4.
BOWL SKID ENDS: Nevada had lost four consecutive bowl games entering the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl but that skid came to an end on Sunday. Nevada is now 3-6 all-time in bowl games in its FBS history.
DEFENSE DOMINATES: Boston College did not go over 100 yards of total offense until into the fourth quarter and the Nevada defense controlled the game throughout. The Wolf Pack held BC to under 50 yards of rushing well into the fourth quarter. Boston College’s first 10 points came after being set up deep in Nevada territory due to turnovers by the Pack offense.
MATTHEWS ENDS DROUGHT: Junior Rishard Matthews ended a dubious streak for the Wolf Pack. Matthews took a punt and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. The score gave Nevada at 14-7 lead at the time. It also ended a streak of 119 games with a punt return for a score, which was the third-longest drought in the nation. The last time a Nevada player had a punt return for a TD, it was Marlon McLaughlin who went 73 yards against Louisiana Tech on Oct. 13, 2001. Matthews was named the Outstanding Offensive Player of the game. He had 7 catches for 86 yards and a TD on the night.
KAEPERNICK GOES OVER 10K: Senior Colin Kaepernick entered the game needing just 94 yards to hit 10,000 yards passing for his career. Kaepernick did that in the first half and in doing so, became the first player in NCAA history to rush for 4,000 yards and pass for 10,000 yards in a career.
KAEPERNICK GOES OVER 3K: Kaepernick went over the 3,000-yard mark in passing this season for the first time in his career. In doing so, he became the third player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 3,000 yards in the same season. The other two to do so: Brad Smith of Missouri and Vince Young of Texas.
ET CETERA: Nevada won the toss and elected to receive while Boston College defended the north goal … Nevada did not score on its opening drive or in the first quarter at all for just the fourth time this season … Brandon Wimberly caught a pass in the first quarter and extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 27 (all 27 games in his career) … Chris Barker started his 27th consecutive games (all 27 of his career)