Monday, January 10, 2011

ACC End Bowl Season With Loss

#13 Nevada (Wolf Pack, 14,431 students, Reno, NV) 20, BOSTON COLLEGE 13 – This game seemed like a mismatch on paper and not having leading rusher Montel Harris just made things tougher for the Eagles.

Rishard Marshall caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for another score, and No. 13 Nevada used a strong defensive effort to cap its most successful season ever at college football's highest level by beating B.C. in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Sunday night.

Colin Kaepernick threw for 192 yards and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (13-1), who snapped a four-game bowl losing streak by tying a school record for wins in a season set when it played in what used to be Division I-AA.

This game matched BC's top-ranked rushing defense against Nevada's high-powered pistol attack that was third in the nation in rushing. The Eagles (7-6) did a good job controlling the Wolf Pack on the ground, holding them to a season-low 114 yards - more than 190 below their season average.

Kaepernick was held to 22 yards on nine carries, but managed to top 3,000 yards passing for the season. That allowed him to join Brad Smith and Vince Young as the only FBS quarterbacks to rush for at least 1,000 yards and throw for 3,000 in the same season.

With an efficient passing day by Kaepernick, the big plays from Marshall and a stout defense, the Wolf Pack were able to snap Boston College's five-game winning streak. The Eagles were held to 185 yards.

Freshman Chase Rettig completed 14 of 34 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions.  Harris was listed as the starter but did not play after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in late November.

The ACC’s final bowl record was 4-5.

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