Sen. Harry Reid offers his congratulations and names this year's Nevada team the best in history.
In statement released Monday, Reid says Nevada's win over Boise State Friday was 'no piece of cake.'
“But this year’s Nevada team has been among the best in school history. It leads the conference in offense, rushing yards and points scored. After this weekend’s win, it is ranked 14th in the country.
Sen. Reid highlights the moments in the game that made the Wolf Pack shine and the odds that were overcome.
“Still, beating a powerhouse like Boise State was no piece of cake. No one had beaten the Broncos since December 2008. The Wolf Pack were 14-point underdogs. They were down 17-0 late in the second quarter. Then quarterback Colin Kaepernick led an incredible second-half comeback and forced overtime."
“They won the game when a 5-foot-6 freshman from McQueen High School in Reno, a young man named Anthony Martinez, kicked the most important field goal in state history," said Reid. This comes on the tail of Boise State's kicker missing two field goals allowing for the Wolf Pack to step in and get the job done with only seconds to spare.
“It wasn’t that long ago that the University of Nevada didn’t even field a Division I team. Now our proud program has knocked off one of the toughest teams in the nation."
Reid's says it wasn't luck that got the win over Boise State but great leadership that should not be ignored.
“It’s no fluke. Coach Chris Ault is an exceptional leader and a good man. I’m proud to call him a friend."
The Pack win over Boise State will never be forgotten says Reid and has done much more for not only the university but for the state of Nevada.
“Sometimes it’s true what they say – that it’s just a game. But this is one of those times when it’s much more. This remarkable, memorable win means so much for an underrated and under-appreciated athletic program, for a great university and for the whole state of Nevada. "
“Congratulations to Coach Ault, Colin Kaepernick, Anthony Martinez and the Wolf Pack. I never doubted you would pull it off,” said Reid.
"And now when you talk about the top upsets in college football, says Reid, "you have to talk about Nevada."