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Boise State came into the game second in total defense, allowing only 229 yards a game. Nevada had more than that on the ground alone, racking up 288 yards behind Vai Taua and Kaepernick.

Nevada was still down 24-14 entering the fourth quarter when Mathews took the ball 44 yards on an end around to make the game close. Boise State then punted for the fourth time in the second half, and the Wolf Pack drove 93 yards to tie the game on a field goal by Martinez with a 23-yard field goal with 5:14 left.

But Boise State came back on the next play from scrimmage to score on a 79-yard screen pass to Doug Martin. Nevada then took the ball and marched down the field to score the tying touchdown, setting up the wild finish.

“I’m at a loss for words,” said Moore, who suffered only his second loss in 38 games as Boise State’s quarterback. “Hopefully we’ll learn something from this.”

It was Nevada’s defense that kept the Wolf Pack in the game, shutting Boise State out in the second half before Martin’s score. But it was Mathews who was the star of the night, catching 10 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown, while running for another score.