Boise State Pretenders After All: Nevada Ends Broncos' BCS Hopes

Chuck SteakContributor INovember 27, 2010

QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Colin KaepernickEthan Miller/Getty Images

In a stunning finish on a cold Reno night, the No. 19 ranked Nevada Wolf Pack knocked off WAC rival No. 4 Boise State. An Anthony Martinez 34-yard field goal capped off the 34-31 OT win after Nevada's defense held the Broncos scoreless in overtime.

Down 17 at the half and looking as though they may just be the next opponent trampled in the Broncos pursuit of a BCS National Championship berth, 14-point underdog Nevada mounted a second half comeback that would ultimately result in an epic win and the Wolf Pack's first top-10 victory in its history. 

With only seconds left Boise's State's kicker, Kyle Brotzman, missed a relatively short, potentially game-winning field goal after a spectacular deep connection between Kellen Moore and Titus Young. However, give credit to Nevada for capitalizing on BSU's mistakes in the overtime session and using them to dash any hopes the Broncos had of playing for a BCS championship. 

Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick threw for 259 yards and a touchdown, while adding another 45 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He showed great leadership as he rallied his team back. 

Running back Vai Taua added for 131 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries, helping to keep up Nevada's reputation as having the most fearing QB-RB rushing attack in the conference.

Wide receiver Rishard Matthews caught 10 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown, with the touchdown coming with just seven seconds left in the game.