Nevada-Utah State Notes
Nevada vs. Utah State
2,000-YARD CLUB: With a 67-yard run in the first half, Vai Taua went over the 2,000-yard mark for his career at Nevada. Taua is the 12th player in Nevada history to rush for 2,000 yards in a career and he is the third Nevada player – joining Luke Lippincott and Colin Kaepernick – to move past the 2,000-yard mark this season. This is only the second time in history that one team has had three players hit the 2,000-yard mark in the same season (Nebraska, 2000 – Correll Buckhalter, Eric Crouch, Dan Alexander).
GREEN SCORES AGAIN: Junior tight end Virgil Green caught a 44-yard touchdown pass in the first half from Colin Kaepernick. That marks three straight games with a TD for Green and the 44-yard reception is the longest of his career.
TAUA; LUKE OVER 100: Junior running back Vai Taua topped the 100-yard mark for the 11th time in his career on Saturday and senior Luke Lippincott joined him, using a 69-yard TD run to get over 100. This is 13th time in Lippincott’s career that he’s topped 100.
KAEPERNICK PASSES VARGAS: With a 21-yard run in the second quarter, Colin Kaepernick moved into fifth-place all-time in total offense. Vargas tallied 8,181 yards in his Hall of Fame career. Kaepernick entered the game 130 yards shy of that mark.
LIPPINCOTT JOINS KAP: With a 10-yard TD reception in the second quarter, Luke Lippincott joined Colin Kaepernick in an exclusive club. Lippincott has rushed for a TD, thrown for a TD and caught a TD pass this season. Kaepernick and Colorado State’s Grant Stucker are believed to be the only other players in the country who have done that this season.
NEW TACKLES: Sophomore Steve Haley and junior Jose Acuna both made their first career starts on the offensive line for Nevada. Haley started in place of Mike Gallett (junior) while Acuna started on the other side in place of Alonzo Durham (injury).
STREAKS: Senior tackle Alonzo Durham (injury) saw his team-high 32-game starting streak come to an end. The longest streak on the team now belongs to safety Jonathon Amaya, who made his 23rd-straight start on Saturday.
UP NEXT: Nevada will return home for two more games. The Wolf Pack will host Idaho on Oct. 24 at 1:05 p.m.
ET CETERA: Nevada won the toss and deferred to the second half. Utah State received the opening kickoff and Nevada defended the North … Brad Langley booted a 58-yard punt in the first half, which is the longest of the season for the junior … Colin Kaepernick moved past Jeff Tisdel and into seventh place all-time at Nevada … Kaepernick also moved into 8th place all-time in passing yards (passing Tisdel who had 6,098 yards). Kaepernick entered the game with 5,944 career yards … Luke Lippincott passed B.J. Mitchell in career rushing yards …