Colin Kaepernick Closes in on Touchdown Mark As Nevada Upends San Jose State

Michael PatmasCorrespondent IIIOctober 10, 2010

Nevada's QB Colin Kaepernick Closes in on NCAA Rushing TD Record
Nevada's QB Colin Kaepernick Closes in on NCAA Rushing TD RecordEthan Miller/Getty Images

Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick is two rushing touchdowns closer to rewriting the record books.

With 50 career rushing touchdowns, he only needs 10 more to break the all-time NCAA record. With seven remaining regular season games and a bowl game almost certain, it is increasingly likely that Colin Kaepernick will be the greatest rushing quarterback in college football history.

Nevada defeated San Jose State with 640 yards of total offense. Kaepernick was 20-for-28 in the air for 273 yards. He added 91 yards and two TD's on the ground. Vai Taua ran for 196 yards and three TD's. Nevada converted on 10-of-13 first downs.

After giving up a score to San Jose in their first possession, the Wolf Pack defense smothered the Spartans allowing only three points from the second quarter on. Defensive end, Dontay Moch had five tackles for loss, as he became the WAC's all-time leader with 52.

But the Wolf Pack had some awkward moments. With eight penalties for 89 yards, Nevada had some big problems. In one bizarre series, the Wolf Pack had three TD's recalled over offensive holding calls. One would have been Kaepernick's 51st rushing TD. Another was a picture perfect pass. The Pack had to settle for a missed field goal.

Visibly frustrated, Kaepernick stormed on the sidelines while Coach Ault screamed at the officials. Later in the game, the officials called Nevada for roughing the passer and several late hits. 

Although Nevada's offense was productive, it was really the defense that stood out in this game. The "smoke from Moch" was what burned San Jose.

Undefeated Nevada (6-0) is now fourth in the nation in total points, third in total yards, and fifth in rushing. Kaepernick is 12th in rushing yards and second in rushing touchdowns while remaining in the Top 20 QB's in the nation with a rating of 108.