TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Chance Kretschmer saved his shoulder for
Tulsa and used it to lead Nevada's way to a 28-21 victory Saturday.
After sitting out most of last week to nurse a shoulder bruise,
he needed only 15 seconds to spoil a Golden Hurricane comeback late
in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard touchdown run.
"It's great to have him back and at full speed," Nevada coach
Chris Tormey said of Kretschmer's 21-21 tie-breaking touchdown with
Kretschmer scored on another run, threw a touchdown pass and led
Nevada (5-2, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) with 171 yards
rushing. It was his fourth 100-yard game this season.
Tulsa (3-4, 1-2 WAC) trailed by 14 points for much of the game,
dominated by the Wolf Pack's defense. But Uril Parrish scored twice
on fourth quarter runs of 20 and 2 yards to bring the Golden
Parrish finished with 148 yards rushing and scored all three of
the Golden Hurricane's touchdowns.
"They play for four quarters," Tormey said of Tulsa, "and we
had to play four quarters to beat them."
Kretschmer saw little play in Nevada's 28-17 upset last week at
Washington and had missed most of last season because of a knee
injury. But as a freshman, he led the nation with an average 157.5
yards a game.
With Saturday's game tied with 6:17 to go, he broke free for a
34-yard run on the first play of the Wolf Pack's next drive. In the
next play, he breezed past Tulsa's defenders to race 30 yards for
the end zone.
Kretschmer ran for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Wolf Pack's
opening 80-yard drive and scored again just before the half in a
throwback pass to quarterback Andy Heiser.
Kretschmer had thrown one other pass to Heiser this season, but
it was incomplete.
Heiser finished with 138 yards and one touchdown, a 31-yard pass
to Willie Johnson that gave Nevada a 14-0 first quarter lead.
Mistakes cost Tulsa.
The Golden Hurricane came into the game with four turnovers to
rank in a first place tie for the fewest turnovers lost. But Tulsa
finished with five turnovers, including three fumbles all recovered
"You can't make critical errors against a good football team,"
Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe said. "They did a nice job of taking
advantage of them."
With the victory, Nevada is 5-2 for the first time since 1996
and 3-0 for the first time in four years in the WAC.
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