by CFP Staff
January 10, 2011
Nevada snapped a 4-bowl losing streak and finished with a 13-1 record with its 20-13 win over Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Sunday, January 9th.
The Eagles brought the nation's top-ranked run defense into the game and held the Wolf Pack's No. 3 rushing offense to 105 yards. Nevada, ranked No. 2 in total offense with 535.5 yards per game, was held to only 297 yards.
Meanwhile, Nevada held one of the nation's most offensively-challenged teams to 185 total yards. Nevada entered the game ranked 66th in yards allowed per game, but 35th in scoring defense.
Both teams scored their only touchdowns in the first quarter and B.C. struck first on Andre Williams' 30-yard run, one play after recovering a fumble by Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick at the Wolf Pack's 30-yard line. Nevada evened the score on its next possession with Kaepernick's 27-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews, and later took a 14-7 lead on Matthews' 72-yard punt return.
Each team was held to a pair of field goals for the rest of the game which took place at converted AT&T Park in San Francisco, home of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants. The stadium began hosting a bowl game in 2002 as the San Francisco Bowl. It operated as the Emerald Bowl from 2004-2009.
The game drew a crowd of 41,063 in what was announced as a 40,184-seat setup.
The win improved Nevada's 2010 record to 13-1 for its best-ever record at the FBS level.
The Wolf Pack also went 13-1 in 1986 as a 1-AA program, and was 13-2 in 1990 when it lost in the 1-AA National Championship game to Georgia Southern. Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault was the coach then, and now. His 26 years with the Reno school were interrupted by a one year absence in 1993 and an 8-year break from 1996-2003. He has amassed a 219-97-1 record as a head coach, all at Nevada.
The Wolf Pack finished the 2010 season as WAC co-champs and improved its bowl record to 4-7. Along the way, Nevada ended rival Boise State's streaks of 24 overall wins and 35 regular season wins, along with any hope the Broncos had of playing for the BCS national title. The Wolf Pack will open 2011 on a 7-game winning streak.
The bowl loss ended Boston College's overall five-game winning streak and dropped its bowl record to 13-9. The Eagles have dropped three straight bowl games after enjoying an 8-bowl winning streak from 2000-2008. Boston College has ended each of its last two seasons in San Francisco, where they also defeated Colorado State 35-21 in this game in 2003.
This was the first meeting between these teams and Nevada's first appearance in this bowl game. Boston College was making its second consecutive appearance in this game after losing 24-13 to USC at the end of last season. It defeated Colorado State 35-21 in this game in 2003.
ACC teams have played in each of the last 6 bowl games here, winning just once. Boston College was a member of the Big East when it played here in 2003 and defeated Colorado State. Likewise, Virginia Tech was a member of the Big East when it defeated Air Force in the inaugural San Francisco Bowl in 2002.