Wolf Pack Falls to Red Raiders 35-19
RENO, Nev. (AP) -Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree hooked up for an 82-yard touchdown pass and Eric Morris returned a punt 86 yards for a score to lead No. 12 Texas Tech to a 35-19 victory over Nevada on Saturday night.
Shannon Woods also ran for two touchdowns for the Red Raiders (2-0), who overcame an otherwise off night for Harrell to score 30 or more points for the 18th time in their last 20 games.
Nevada (1-1), which had 488 yards total offense to Tech's 421, appeared to take a 15-14 lead in the third quarter on quarterback Colin Kaepernick's 3-yard score and the officials signaled touchdown, but after a lengthy review, they overturned the decision and ruled he had fumbled the ball away to Texas Tech.
Kaepernick completed 24-of-35 passes for 264 yards and ran for another 92 yards on 13 carries.
Harrell, who threw for 536 yards last week and led the nation with 5,705 passing yards a year ago, was intercepted twice and completed only 19-of-46 of his passes for 297 yards - 132 of them on two passes to Crabtree.
Harrell was 10-of-25 for 119 yards in the first half, but his 50-yarder to Crabtree set up Woods' 1-yard touchdown run to give Tech a 14-6 lead 5:18 before the half.
Kaepernick's 3-yard dive into the end zone in the third quarter was wiped off the scoreboard and ruled Texas Tech's Daniel Charbonnet recovered the fumble.
Nevada got the ball back when Brandon Marshall stopped Aaron Crawford for no gain on Texas Tech's 29-yard-line on fourth-and-one and Brett Jaekle made a 31-yard field goal to cut to lead to 14-12 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.
Nevada then tried an onside kick but Texas Tech recovered it at Nevada's 39 and after Harrell passed 15 yards to Tramain Swindall, Morris went in motion, took a hand off and ran 13 yards for a touchdown and a 21-12 lead at 5:20 in the third.
Jonathan Amaya intercepted Harrell's pass at Nevada's 47 with 14 minutes left in the game but Nevada failed to make a first down and Harrell passed to near midfield where Crabtree hauled it in, juked a defender and took off for the 82-yard scoring play and a 28-12 lead with 12:59 left in the game.
Marko Mitchell scored on a 48-yard pass from Kaepernick to cut the lead to 28-19 with 10:30 remaining but Woods answered with a 21-yard TD run to make it 35-19 with 6:18 on the clock.
Morris went 86 yards with a punt to give the Red Raiders a 7-3 midway through the first quarter.
Kaepernick led the Wolf Pack as far as Tech's 4-yard line, but on second-and-goal Bront Bird sacked him for an 11-yard loss and Nevada had to settle for
Jaekle kicked field goals of 26 and 43 yards for Nevada and in between Woods scored from a yard out for Texas Tech and the Red Raiders led 14-9 at half.