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Saturday, September 6, 2008
Halftime: Texas Tech 14, Nevada 9

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

RENO, Nev. -- The promised offensive battle between two of the nation's four most prolific offenses hasn't materialized after one half as Texas Tech maintains a 14-9 halftime lead.

Both teams have struggled with mistakes. Tech was stopped on downs on its own 30 on its first possession and Graham Harrell was intercepted on the next drive.

Nevada struggled with three holding penalties, a blocked punt late in the first half and a critical sack that cost after they had a second-and-one at the Tech 4.

Here are some other items that caught my attention in the first half.

Nevada's offense has been more proficient than Tech's rolling up 243 yards on 95 yards rushing and 148 passing.

Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick might be one of the most underrated college quarterbacks. He reminds me of the poor man's Randall Cunningham the way he can run and roll out. He's kept the Red Raiders flummoxed by his rushing and passing skills, completing 15 of his first 19 attempts.

Nevada's own mistakes are the biggest reason the Wolf Pack are behind. Three holding calls bogged them down in the first half. They were forced to settle for a field goal after Tech DE Bront Bird's sack after they advanced to the Tech 4 midway through the second quarter.

Tech was struggling getting its passing game going. Harrell had several uncharacteristic bad passes and struggled hitting open receivers throughout the half. He finished the half by missing his final three passes as he hit only 10 of 25 passes for 119 yards.

Leaching Nevada rushing Luke Lippincott was carted off the field with his left knee injury early in the second quarter. That injury placed Vai Taua into the featured back, although Kaepernick became the focal point of the rushing attack with 42 yards on six carries.

Game officials had their own gaffe late in the first half after Lance Fuller had blocked a punt by Nevada's Brad Langley. Referee Jon Bible, a Big 12 official, originally ruled that Fuller had roughed the punter on the play before reversing his call.

Tech freshman kicker Donnie Carona struggles continued after his first two games. His 28-yard field goal attempt was blocked late in the first half. It was third blocked kick - two field goals and an extra point - in his short college career.