(Saturday, November 26th)
Final Score: Utah State 21, Nevada 17
Logan, ST (Sports Network) - A 34-yard TD reception by Robert Turbin at the end of the third quarter proved to be the difference as the Utah State Aggies held off the Nevada Wolf Pack for a 21-17 win in Western Athletic Conference action at Romney Stadium.
Turbin finished with two catches for 36 yards and added another 61 yards on 18 rushing attempts for the Aggies (6-5, 4-2 WAC) as they logged their fourth come-from-behind victory of the season and became bowl eligible for the first time since 1997.
USU quarterback Adam Kennedy converted 7-of-14 passes for 140 yards.
The Wolf Pack (6-5, 4-2), losers of two in a row, were paced by running back Lampford Mark with a game-high 111 yards and one score, while the quarterback tandem of Tyler Lantrip and Cody Fajardo combined to hit 27-of-35 passes for 315 yards and a score.
Nevada opened up a 10-0 lead in the first half thanks to a 19-yard field goal by Jake Hurst in the first quarter and a 35-yard TD run by Mark just 44 seconds into the second frame.
Capping an eight-play, 89-yard drive late in the first half, Kerwynn Williams zipped into the end zone from 10 yards out for the Aggies to cut the deficit to 10-7 at the break.
Kennedy combined with Matt Austin on a 21-yard TD pass play late in the third quarter to give the hosts the 14-10 advantage, but on the ensuing possession Lantrip found Rishard Matthews on a 76-yard TD pass to again put Nevada out front at 17-14.
Stanley Morrison threw just one pass on the day for Utah State, but it just happened to be the most important offensive play of the afternoon as Turbin reeled in the game-winning TD pass at the end of the third and then the defense for USU went to work and held the visitors scoreless the rest of the way.
Nevada controlled the action for almost 35 minutes and generated 500 yards of total offense, yet those efforts were not quite enough to get the Pack back into the win column.
11/26 18:29:51 ET