No. 13 Nevada Claims San Francisco Bowl Victory

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ― Rishard Matthews caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for another score, and No. 13 Nevada used a strong defensive effort to cap its most successful season ever at college football’s highest level by beating Boston College 20-13 in the Fight Hunger Bowl at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Sunday night.

Colin Kaepernick threw for 192 yards and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (13-1), who snapped a four-game bowl losing streak by tying a school record for wins in a season set when the school played in what used to be Division I-AA.

This game matched BC’s top-ranked rushing defense against Nevada’s high-powered pistol attack that was third in the nation in rushing. The Eagles (7-6) did a good job controlling the Wolf Pack on the ground, holding them to a season-low 114 yards — more than 190 below their season average.

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