Kaepernick leads Nevada past San Jose State 62-7
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Vai Taua had most of his family in the stands and Nevada had a national television audience.
“I wanted to give them a good performance,” Taua said. “The offense, the defense, special teams, we all played great.”
Taua got his wish as Colin Kaepernick ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns to lead Nevada to a 62-7 victory over San Jose State on Sunday night.
Taua had 138 of his 144 yards rushing in the first half and scored a touchdown as the Wolf Pack (6-3, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference) won their sixth straight after losing the first three games of the season. It’s their longest winning streak in 14 years
Luke Lippincott ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns and Lampford Mark had 114 yards and a score. The Wolf Pack tied an NCAA record by having four 100-yard rushers in the same game. Nebraska also did it in 2001 against Baylor.
“That’s pretty special,” Nevada coach Chris Ault said. “It says a lot about our front line, the backs and the offense.”
Other teams to get four rushers 100 yards were Army in 1984, Texas in 1969, and Arizona State in 1951.
L.J. Washington caught a 46-yard touchdown pass. Kaepernick threw for 122 yards and a score.
The Wolf Pack gained 517 yards on the ground, second in the NCAA this year only to the 559 they ran for against UNLV.
“I keep telling you guys every week it’s the O-line,” Taua said. “They move people and make holes big enough for anyone to run through. The holes tonight were truck-sized.”
Jordan La Secla threw for 226 yards as the Spartans (1-7, 0-4) lost their seventh straight conference game, including their last five at home. Patrick Perry scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t make anything happen defensively or offensively,” San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said. “We didn’t get a stop and we didn’t move the ball. It was a dismal performance by everybody.”
Kevin Jurovich caught six passes for 110 yards, including a 37-yard catch that set up Perry’s scoring run.
Kaepernick scored on runs of 19, 15 and four yards to put Nevada ahead 20-0 midway through the second quarter.
The nation’s top rushing team was in its element against the nation’s 118th ranked rushing defense, churning out 342 yards on the ground in the first half alone. It could have been worse – Taua had a 56-yard touchdown run was called back because of a holding penalty.
The Wolf Pack also missed a field goal and an extra point.
Nevada scored eight touchdowns on its first nine possessions to hand the Spartans their worst loss in six years.
“That’s not us, but that game was reality,” Tomey said. “We can’t explain it away and it was awful.”