LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Redshirt freshman Colin Kaepernick threw a 31-yard touchdown strike to Mike McCoy with a minute remaining, lifting Nevada to a stirring 40-38 victory over New Mexico State on Friday night.

The Wolf Pack (5-4, 3-2 Western Athletic Conference) won its third straight and held on after Brett Jaekle missed the extra kick after McCoy's touchdown.

The Aggies (4-6, 1-4) drove to Nevada's 27 on their final possession, but Paul Young's 44-yard field attempt sailed low and wide left, touching off a celebration on Nevada's sideline.

Kaepernick had a spectacular game, breaking two long TD runs in the fourth quarter and throwing for another two scores in his fourth start since replacing the injured Nick Graziano.