Few had noticed as Nevada won all but one of its games this year and climbed into the national rankings for the first time since 1948. Few had expected a team that had dropped 10 straight to Boise State and came into the game a 14-point underdog would upset one of the top teams in the country.
But the Wolf Pack did, gaining 528 yards on a defense that was only giving up 229 yards a game. Missed field goals aside, this was no fluke.
“This win puts a stamp on this program that says this team is ready to play football with any team in the country,” Kaepernick said.
Nevada will almost surely get a boost in the rankings this week heading into its last regular season game against Louisiana Tech. But with Boise State now likely headed to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, the Wolf Pack may end up representing the WAC in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 18.
That hardly seems fair, considering an unranked Connecticut team with four losses has the inside track to a big BCS bowl game worth millions to the school and the Big East Conference. But the BCS is not about being fair, and teams in conferences like the WAC have to take their victories when they can.
“I think Boise and the TCU’s of the world are showing people a balance in college football,” Ault said.
Ault could include his own team in that equation after the team from the Biggest Little City in the World won its biggest game ever.
“For these players to hang in there against such a great football team, the way they did it to win. I can’t describe it,” Ault said. “I’m just so proud of this team.”
(This version CORRECTS Corrects to “puts” in 18th paragraph.)