San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Diego State gave away a 21-point lead
in the fourth quarter Friday night but beat Nevada 51-44 in overtime on Eric
Judge's second touchdown catch of the game.
It was the second year in a row the Mountain West Conference rivals went to
San Diego State also pulled out the win last season, but nearly gave this one
away after building a 44-23 lead through three quarters. Nevada came all the
way back to tie it on Richy Turner's 5-yard touchdown catch with 98 seconds
left in regulation.
But Judge leapt to catch Quinn Kaehler's 13-yard pass in overtime and the
Aztecs (2-3, 1-0 MWC) stopped Cody Fajardo and the Wolf Pack (3-3, 2-1) for
their eighth straight conference win.
Kaehler threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, also hooking up with Dylan
Denso for a score. Adam Muema rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns and
Donnel Pumphrey had a 72-yard touchdown run among his 112 yards on the ground.
Fajardo passed for 387 yards and two touchdowns but also fumbled twice for the
Wolf Pack, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Kendall Brock had three
short touchdown runs and rushed for 61 yards
Brock's third touchdown, a 3-yard run, and Don Jackson's 1-yard score cut it
to 44-37 for Nevada with 6:26 remaining in regulation.
San Diego State chose to go for it on fourth down on the ensuing possession,
but Kaehler's pass was incomplete, giving the Wolf Pack the ball at their own
The big play on Nevada's game-tying drive was Turner's 30-yard catch down the
right sideline. The play was reviewed -- Turner came down with it in a tough
battle with corner Damontae Kazee -- and upheld, leading to Turner's 5-yard
touchdown catch in the back of the end zone to tie the game.
Earlier, Pumphrey's 72-yard touchdown gave the Aztecs a 7-0 lead early in the
first quarter and Nevada came right back to score on Brock's 1-yard run to cap
a 13-play, 75-yard drive.
The Wolf Pack took a 10-7 lead on Brent Zuzo's 44-yard field goal early in the
second quarter after a San Diego State fumble. But they turned the ball over
on downs later and Muema's 7-yard touchdown run put the Aztecs on top 14-10.
Nevada moved back ahead on Fajardo's 10-yard touchdown pass to Brandon
Wimberly, but a high snap on a punt led to a safety and San Diego State took a
23-17 lead into halftime after Kaehler's 25-yard touchdown pass to Denso just
inside the goal line with nine seconds left.
In the third quarter, Muema's 9-yard touchdown run and Tim Vizzi's 5-yarder
both came after Fajardo fumbles, giving the Aztecs a 36-17 lead -- the PAT
after Muema's touchdown was blocked.
Brock's second touchdown run, a 4-yarder, got Nevada within 36-23 after the
PAT failed, but the Aztecs came right back with a score, Kaehler's 5-yard pass
to Judge, and went up 44-23 on the two-point conversion.
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