Colin Kaepernick ran for four touchdowns and threw for two others and Nevada finished with 484 rushing yards in a 70-45 victory over Idaho on Saturday at Reno, Nev.
Kaepernick had touchdown runs of 11, 61, 35 and 75 yards for the Wolf Pack (4-3, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) and finished with 238 yards on 15 carries.
He had scoring passes of 44 and 9 yards and completed 13 of 21 passes for 178 yards.
“We needed as a defense to take care of No. 10,” Idaho coach Robb Akey said, referring to Kaepernick. “We made him look like a Heisman Trophy winner out there today. He outplayed us.”
Nathan Enderle passed for 342 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair of 73-yard strikes to Maurice Shaw, for Idaho (6-2, 3-1).
The Wolf Pack led 28-24 at halftime, but scored 42 second-half points, including the first two scores of the second half on long runs by Kaepernick.
Vai Taua rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns for Nevada, which has the nation’s top rushing offense.
Shaw finished with five receptions for 183 yards. The Vandals’ Max Komar caught three touchdown passes, two from Enderle and one from Brian Reader, and finished with 10 catches for 136 yards.
Nevada opened a 21-0 lead in the first half on two Kaepernick touchdown runs and an 89-yard scoring run by Taua.
“We told the team before the game, if we play well, we will win the ballgame,” Akey said. “We didn’t play well. We didn’t take care of No. 10.”
Idaho cut it to 21-7 with Enderle’s first 73-yard strike to Shaw, and made it 21-14 on its next offensive series as Deonte Jackson broke a 59-yard touchdown run.
The teams traded touchdowns before Idaho’s Trey Farquhar kicked a 54-yard field goal with 35 seconds left in the half to make it 28-24.
Kaepernick had both his passing touchdowns in the second half, a 44-yard strike to Virgil Green and a 9-yard pass to Luke Lippincott that put Nevada ahead 63-38 with 9:30 left in the game.
Utah State 23, Louisiana Tech 21: Diondre Borel passed for 188 yards and a touchdown and Chris Ulinski kicked three field goals to lead the Aggies (2-5, 1-2) past the Bulldogs (3-4, 2-2) in Logan, Utah.
Fresno State 34, New Mexico State 3: Ryan Mathews ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns and had two return TDs as the Bulldogs (4-3, 3-1) beat the Aggies (3-5, 1-3) in Las Cruces, N.M.
After New Mexico State went ahead 3-0 on a first-quarter field goal, it was all Fresno State.
Lorne Bell returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs the lead for good. Chastin West had an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown for Fresno State.