No. 24 Nevada holds off Utah State despite 2nd-half rally

RENO, Nev. -- Colin Kaepernick passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another as Nevada defeated Utah State 56-42 on Saturday night.

Mike Ball had three touchdowns for the Wolf Pack (7-1, 2-1 WAC), which built a 35-0 halftime lead. Diondre Borel completed 24 of 38 passes for 399 yards and two touchdowns for Utah State (2-6, 0-4), which rallied with a big second half but got no closer than 14 points. Borel also ran for a score.

Kaepernick had 102 of his 106 yards rushing in the first half, including a 56-yard touchdown run that put the Wolf Pack ahead 28-0 with 2:18 left in the half. After forcing Utah State to punt, a 55-yard pass from Kaepernick to Rishard Mathews set up a 5-yard Ball touchdown with 1:35 remaining before the break.

Kaepernick completed 10 of 15 passes for 190 yards.