RENO, Nev. -- Colin Kaepernick rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as Nevada beat Utah State 44-17 on Saturday.
Vai Taua rushed for 122 and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (4-3 overall, 2-1 WAC).
After sitting out the first quarter, Kaepernick came off the bench and scored on a 19-yard run on his first touchdown of the game. He later threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Marko Mitchell and scored on a 1-yard run, completing 10-of-20 passes for 197 yards and throwing one interception.
Diondre Borel was 19-of-38 for 262 yards and two touchdowns for Utah State (1-6, 0-3 WAC). His first of two touchdown passes to Otis Nelson pulled the Aggies within six points of the Wolf Pack, 13-6 with 2:27 left in the first half.
Nevada answered with a 6-play, 68-yard drive capped by a 10-yard touchdown run by Mike McCoy to lead 20-7 at halftime.
The Wolf Pack stretched the lead to 30-7 on a 26-yard field goal by Brett Jaekle and Kaepernick's 75-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell with 5:54 left in the third quarter. Mitchell had 4 catches for 122 yards.
A 52-yard strike from Borel to Nelson helped the Aggies cut into the Wolf Pack lead, bringing it to 37-17, but Nevada's Jared Silva-Purcell picked off Borel and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown for the game's final score.