LOGAN In its last two games, the Nevada offense has tallied 1,348 yards and scored 108 points, but it has absolutely nothing to show for it when it comes to wins and losses, that is.
Nevada, however, has seen the emergence of redshirt freshman quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In Nevada's first four games, Kaepernick completed just 2 of 6 passes for 11 yards, but in the last two one was a start against Boise State last Sunday he's thrown for 384 and 243 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
His play caught the attention of Utah State coach Brent Guy.
"We're obviously very impressed with the new quarterback, and he showed a completely different aspect than we had seen in the Fresno game where he came in and primarily threw the football and didn't run the ball a lot like they did (Sunday)," Guy said.
Kaepernick entered midway through the first quarter against Fresno when sophomore starter Nick Graziano went down with injury. He completed 23-of-36 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns in the 49-41 loss. He also rushed the ball 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown.
One week later, in the 69-67 four-overtime loss to Boise, Kaepernick in his first career start showed another side to his game. He threw for a respectable 243 yards but rushed for 177 more on just 14 carries.
"It was very impressive by both the running back (Luke Lippincott) and the quarterback (Kaepernick), and the entire Nevada offense with what they did in that stadium (Bronco Stadium)," Guy said.
The Nevada offense tallied 639 yards total offense against the Broncos, and 396 of those yards came on the ground. Along with Kaepernick's 177 yards, Lippincott added 187 yards on 31 carries. He also scored four touchdowns.Lippincott and Kaepernick aren't Nevada's only weapons. Wide receiver Marko Mitchell had 13 catches for 296 yards in his last two games.
POINTS ON THE BOARD: The 136 combined points scored by Nevada and Boise State set a record for the most combined points scored in an overtime game. Arkansas and Kentucky held the previous mark when they combined to score 134 in a seven-overtime contest in 2003.Nevada's 67 points are the most ever scored by a losing team in an overtime game.
SHUNNING THE SHUTOUT: The Wolf Pack haven't been shut out in a record 323 straight games. The last time Nevada was shut out came on Sept. 27, 1980, when Weber State blanked the Pack, 10-0. It is the only shutout ever suffered under Nevada coach Chris Ault.
SPEAKING OF SHUTOUTS: Nevada handed Utah State its last shutout when it blanked the Aggies 42-0 last year. Utah State managed just 207 yards total offense in the loss. Lippincott rushed for 114 yards on 25 carries in the Nevada win.
On the air
Nevada (2-4, 0-2) at Utah State (0-6, 0-2)
Saturday, 1 p.m.
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