Scores

Final

Nicholls State 17

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Nevada 52

(1-2, 1-0 home)

9:00 PM ET, September 15, 2007

Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

1 2 3 4 T
NICH 10 0 7 017
NEV 0 31 14 752

Top Performers

Passing: N. Graziano (NEV) - 236 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Lippincott (NEV) - 14 CAR, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Bishop (NEV) - 3 REC, 46 YDS, 3 TD

Nevada 52, Nicholls St. 17

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nick Graziano passed for 236 yards and five touchdowns Saturday to lead Nevada over Nicholls State 52-17.

Luke Lippincott rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack, 1-2, which won its home opener after road losses to Nebraska and Northwestern. Nicholls State, of the Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), dropped to 2-1.

Adam Bishop caught three touchdown passes from Graziano, including two in the third quarter as the Wolf Pack put the game out of reach. Graziano finished 11 of 23 with two interceptions.

Nevada had 581 yards of total offense. He was the first Nevada quarterback since David Neill in 1998 to throw five touchdowns in a game.

Nicholls State, which defeated Rice in its season opener, took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a 32-yard field goal by Alex Romero with 6:03 left and a 42-yard touchdown run by Zack Morgan with 18 seconds left.

Brett Jaekle put Nevada on the board with a career-long 45-yard field goal to make it 10-3 and Graziano hit Bishop from 25 yards out as Nevada tied it with 6:47 left in the half. A failed fake punt attempt on the Colonels ensuing possession gave Nevada the ball at the Nicholls State 28, and two plays later, Lippincott burst up the middle from 16 yards out for a touchdown.

The Wolf Pack needed only two plays to score on its next two possessions as Graziano completed a pair of long touchdown passes, the first to Marko Mitchell from 49 yards out and the second to Arthur King Jr., from 52 yards out, which put Nevada ahead 31-10.

Nicholls State, a triple-option team, attempted only one pass, which was incomplete. Cole Broderick had 54 yards and Zack Morgan 53 for the Colonels. Each had a touchdown run.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NICH
NEV
1st Downs1129
Total Yards211581
Passing0248
Rushing211333
Penalties8-4911-94
3rd Down Conversions2-144-9
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers13
Possession31:0528:55

Passing Leaders

Nicholls StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Chauvin0/100.000
NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Graziano11/2323610.352

Rushing Leaders

Nicholls StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cole11585.3114
Morgan6518.5142
NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lippincott141279.1118
Taua9717.9020

Receiving Leaders

Nicholls StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
King Jr.38227.3152
Mitchell26130.5149

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNICHNEV
FG06:53Alex Romero 32 Yd 30
TD00:18Zack Morgan 42 Yd Run (Alex Romero Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERNICHNEV
FG12:05Brett Jaekle 45 Yd 103
TD06:47Adam Bishop 25 Yd Pass From Nick Graziano (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1010
TD05:08Luke Lippincott 16 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1017
TD02:36Marko Mitchell 49 Yd Pass From Nick Graziano (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1024
TD00:58Arthur King Jr. 52 Yd Pass From Nick Graziano (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1031
THIRD QUARTERNICHNEV
TD10:49Adam Bishop 17 Yd Pass From Nick Graziano (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1038
TD08:24Broderick Cole 14 Yd Run (Alex Romero Kick) 1738
TD01:17Adam Bishop 4 Yd Pass From Nick Graziano (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1745
FOURTH QUARTERNICHNEV
TD06:29Courtney Randall 1 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1752