RUSTON, La. — Vai Taua ran for a 22-yard touchdown with 3:15 left to cap UNR’s 35-31 comeback victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Taua’s rush finished a 21-0 run that washed away Louisiana Tech’s 31-14, third-quarter lead.
UNR’s three-touchdown turnaround started late in the third on Colin Kaepernick’s 18-yard connection with Marko Mitchell, continued with Kaepernick’s 27-yard toss to Mike McCoy to start the fourth and ended with Taua’s game-winner.
Kaepernick completed 23 of 39 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception, for the Wolf Pack (7-5, 5-3 Western Athletic Conference).
Taua finished with 57 yards on the ground. Marko Mitchell had 134 yards and two touchdowns on five catches, and Mike McCoy had 109 yards and a score on six receptions.
Ross Jenkins was 16-for-30 for 259 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (7-5, 5-3).
Jenkins’ 26-yard pass to Shane Womack and Daniel Porter’s 20-yard touchdown run helped give Louisiana Tech a 17-7 lead at halftime.
After Kaepernick hit Mitchell on a 62-yard score, Jenkins found Phillip Livas for a 44-yard touchdown, and Patrick Johnson’s 4-yard touchdown run put the Bulldogs up 31-14.