Reno, NV - Eric Morris had a pair of touchdowns, including one on an 86-yard punt return, leading 12th-ranked Texas Tech to a 35-19 win over Nevada.
Graham Harrell completed 19-of-46 passes for 297 yards with a TD and two interceptions for the Red Raiders (2-0), who were coming off a 49-24 home win over Eastern Washington.
Michael Crabtree caught seven passes for 158 yards and a score, including an 82-yarder in the fourth quarter. Shannon Woods also ran for two touchdowns for the Red Raiders.
"I think we really played really well," Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said. "We put them in a hole a few times. The defense bailed us out a bunch of times. Honestly, today whichever team had our defense would have won the game."
Colin Kaepernick went 24-of-35 through the air for 264 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Nevada (1-1), which beat Grambling State, 49-13, last Saturday. Kaepernick also had 92 yards rushing, while Marko Mitchell caught nine balls for 147 yards and a score.
"We let one get away from us," Kaepernick said. "The offense got in the red zone too many times unsuccessfully, but our defense stepped up and did great."
Nevada appeared to take a 15-14 lead with 9:37 left in the third quarter when Kaepernick ran three yards to the end zone. Referees first signaled touchdown, but then after a review it was determined Kaepernick fumbled during the dive and Daniel Charbonnet recovered the ball for Texas Tech.
Brett Jaekle kicked a 31-yard field goal with 6:40 left in the quarter to get the Wolf Pack within 14-12.
Nevada then unsuccessfully tried an onside kick, and a short time later Morris scored on a 13-yard run.
The Wolf Pack couldn't capitalize on a Harrell interception early in the fourth, and later Crabtree broke free for an 82-yard TD with 11:34 left for a 28-12 cushion.
Mitchell caught a 48-yard TD pass just 64 seconds later, but Woods then sealed the victory with a 21-yard scoring run with 6:18 remaining.
Jaekle kicked a 27-yard field goal less than five minutes into the contest, but the Red Raiders went ahead for good when Morris darted 86 yards on his punt return with 7:51 left in the first.
Jaekle connected from 26 yards away in the second before Woods scored from a yard out. A 43-yard field goal by Jaekle on the final play of the half had Nevada within five points.
This was the first meeting between the teams...The Red Raiders will host Nevada next Saturday, while Nevada plays at Missouri...Woods had seven carries for 45 yards, while Baron Batch led the way with 47 yards on six rushes for Texas Tech.
(Courtesy: The Sports Network)
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