Missouri outlasts Nevada despite Pitman grad's touchdown

September 26, 2009 

Missouri Nevada Football

Missouri's Aldon Smith sacks Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick during an NCAA college football game on Friday Sept. 25, 2009 in Reno, Nevada. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette Journal, Liz Margerum) ** NO SALES MAGS OUT NEVADA APEAL OUT **


RENO -- Late in the fourth quarter, Nevada wasn't supposed to still be in this game. But no one told the Wolfpack they weren't supposed to give Missouri (4-0) a game.

That's exactly what Nevada (0-3) did before losing 31-21 Friday night.

Trailing early in the fourth quarter, Nevada had a chance to regain the lead but saw the ball fumbled away by Luke Lippincott. That was the last time Nevada had a shot at upsetting a much larger school, but it certainly wasn't the first.

Nevada went up 13-7 on the first series of the second half on Colin Kaepernick's 11-yard touchdown run. Kaepernick starred for Pitman High.

Nevada had a chance to cut into the lead just before the half when Burnett Kaelin forced Derrick Washington to fumble and Jonathan Amaya recovered it at the Tigers 27 with 23 seconds left. But the Wolf Pack's Nate Agaiava was whistled for a personal foul after the recovery and they had burned all their time outs in the first quarter so were unable to get close enough for a field-goal attempt.

Nevada squandered another chance to score on Lippincott's fumble on the 4 when Aldon Smith stripped the ball loose and Brian Coulter recovered with 14:29 left in the game.

Nevada's Mike Ball returned the opening kick of the second half 52 yards and Lippincott carried six consecutive times for 34 yards to move deep into Missouri territory. On third-and-7 from the 11, Kaepernick started to roll right then with three Tigers in pursuit, rolled back around the left side to score for a 13-7 lead.

Nevada's first score came when Kaepernick pitched to Lippincott on a 19-yard reverse to set up a field goal.

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