Nevada Rallies For 35-31 At Louisiana Tech
RUSTON, La. (AP) -Vai Taua ran for a 22-yard touchdown with 3:15 left to cap Nevada's 35-31 comeback victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Taua's rush capped a 21-0 run that washed away Louisiana Tech's 31-14 lead with 4:48 left in the third. Nevada's three-touchdown turnaround started late in the third with Colin Kaepernick's 18-yard touchdown connection with Marko Mitchell, continued with Kaepernick's 27-yard toss to Mike McCoy to start the fourth and ended with Taua's game-winner.
Kaepernick completed 24 of 42 passes for 397 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for the Wolf Pack (7-5, 5-3 Western Athletic Conference). Taua finished with 61 yards on the ground. Marko Mitchell had 153 yards and two touchdowns on six catches, and Mike McCoy had 109 yards and a score on six receptions.
Ross Jenkins was 16-for-30 with 259 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (7-5, 5-3).
Jenkins' 26-yard pass to Shane Womack and Daniel Porter's 20-yard touchdown run helped give Louisiana Tech a 17-7 lead at halftime. After Kaepernick hit Mitchell on a 62-yard score, Jenkins hit Phillip Livas on a 44-yard score and Patrick Johnson's 4-yard run made it 31-14. The Bulldogs didn't score again.
Nevada rallied back from the 31-14 deficit with 21 unanswered points as Kaepernick threw for 291 yards and three scores in the second half.
The Wolf Pack is headed to a bowl-game for a school-record four straight years. No bowl announcement is expected until late in the week.