Chase Holbrook passed for 409 yards and 3 touchdowns to help New Mexico State win a shootout over Nevada 48-45 on Saturday.
Holbrook also rushed for a touchdown for the Aggies (3-2 overall, 1-0 WAC), who controlled the ball for the final 3:51 to run out the clock in a game that saw the two teams combine for more than 1,000 yards in total offense.
New Mexico State had 513 yards in total offense, while the Wolf
Pack (3-3, 1-1 WAC) had 507 yards in a seesaw game that had nine
lead changes and three ties.
Nevada's Vai Taua rushed for 188 yards and scored a career-best
four touchdowns. He took in a 16-yard screen pass from Colin
Kaepernick from 14 yards to tie the score at 38 with 51 seconds
left in the third quarter.
New Mexico State responded with a seven-play, 80-yard drive
capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Holbrook to Marcus Anderson to go ahead 45-38 with 13:38 left in the game.
After Nevada was forced to punt, Kyle Hughes kicked an 18-yard
field goal to put the Aggies up 48-38.
Nevada scored on a 19-yard pass from Kaepernick to Chris
Wellington with 3:51 left to pull to within 3 points, but the Wolf
Pack could never get the ball back as the Aggies ran out the clock.
Holbrook completed 28 of 47 passes and had one interception.
Kaepernick was 15 of 26 for 194 yards and three touchdowns and one
New Mexico State defensive lineman Oren Long picked up a
Kaepernick fumble and ran it back 83 yards for a touchdown in the
third quarter to give New Mexico State a 38-31 lead.
Marque Colston rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown for the
Aggies. He also caught a touchdown pass from Holbrook. Chris
Williams had 6 catches for 128 yards. New Mexico was also 3 of 3 on
Nevada led 24-21 at halftime.