SDSU Beats Nevada in OT Thriller, 51-44 Quinn Kaehler hit Eric Judge with a 13-yard touchdown pass on the
fifth play of overtime to lift San Diego State to a thrilling 51-44
triumph over Nevada in its 2013 Mountain West opener last Friday at
Qualcomm Stadium. The 95 combined points marked the highest scoring
game the Aztecs have won in the Division-I era, which dates back to
Adam Muema rushed for 134 on 24 carries with two touchdowns, while
Donnel Pumphrey added 112 yards of his own, including a season-long
72-yard burst on SDSU's first possession that put the host school in
The Wolf Pack evened the score later in the period on a Kendall
Brock 1-yard plunge to cap a 13-play, 75-yard drive, setting the
stage for a wild second quarter that witnessed three lead changes.
Trailing 17-14 with 46 seconds to go before halftime, the Aztecs
pulled to within one when Nevada punter Chase Tenpenny booted the
ball out of the end zone for a safety following a bad snap. After
the ensuing free kick, SDSU promptly drove into Wolf Pack territory,
where Kaehler connected with Dylan Denso for 25-yard scoring strike
with just nine ticks on the clock, giving the Scarlet and Black a
23-17 advantage heading into the locker room.
The Aztecs tacked on three additional touchdowns in the third
quarter, converting a pair of Wolf Pack fumbles into short scoring
runs by Muema and Tim Vizzi, while Kaehler hooked up with Judge on a
5-yard strike to punctuate a 9-play, 65-yard march late in the
period that provided SDSU a seemingly comfortable 44-23 cushion.
However, Nevada fought back with 21 unanswered points in the fourth
quarter, including a 5-yard touchdown pass from Cody Fajardo to
Richy Turner with 1:38 left in regulation to tie the score at 44-44.
SDSU won the overtime coin toss and ran five plays to reclaim the
lead. Muema gained 12 yards on a screen pass and pair of runs before
Kaehler found Judge in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead
Despite allowing 206 yards during the Wolf Pack's frantic
fourth-quarter rally, the Aztec defense clamped down on Nevada's
overtime possession. After a false start penalty and a four-yard
rush by Brock, SDSU forced three straight Fajardo incompletions to
seal the victory.
In his first collegiate start in place of an injured Colin Lockett,
Judge caught 6 passes for 54 yards and added 4 kickoff returns for
78 yards, while Kaehler was 23-for-32 passing with a career-high 286
yards and three touchdowns.