SAN FRANCISCO CA - JANUARY 09: Dontay Moch #55 and Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack hold up the trophy after they beat Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9 2011 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, No. 15 Nevada Vs. Boston College: 'Pack Holds On For 20-13 Win Over BC

The Boston College Eagles and Nevada Wolfpack hit the field for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, televised on ESPN.

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Final Score: 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Nevada 20, Boston College 13

Hunger has officially been fought and the Nevada Wolfpack are the ones who have bested it once and for all.

Rishard Matthews caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a score, as the 13th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack ended a successful season with a 20-13 victory over the Boston College Eagles in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Matthews caught seven passes for 86 yards and returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (13-1), who were making an appearance in postseason action for the sixth straight season.

Colin Kaepernick connected on 20-of-33 passes for 192 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Nevada, which had lost its last four bowl games. Vai Taua carried the ball 22 times for 74 yards.

Chase Rettig completed 14-of-34 passes for 119 yards and two interceptions for the Eagles (7-6), who were making their 12th straight appearance in a bowl game.

Eagles blog BC Interruption watched their team waste another solid defensive effort, par for the course this season.

The offensive finished the night with just 183 total yards. Rettig finished the night a disappointing 14-34 for 119 yards and two interception. The only real bright spot on offense was Andre Williams 30-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give BC an early 7-0 lead.

The defense played a very good game, limiting the Nevada rushing offense to 114 yards (2.8 yards per attempt). Nevada’s Pistol offense is one that averaged over 300 yards a game on the ground this season. With an average offense, you’ve got to think that any time you turn the Nevada offense over three times, you are going to put yourselves in a good position to win the game.

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2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Nevada Vs. Boston College: Nothing Of Consequence. Move Along.

A brief list of things that happen in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, a football game held on the eve of the BCS National Championship between Nevada and Boston College:

• The Eagles' top-ranked rushing defense is ably bottling up both Colin Kaepernick and Vai Taua.

• The Eagles 106th-ranked offense is scoring on Nevada, but not enough to overcome the fact that Kaepernick also has two working arms, in one of which he can hold a football.

• Repeat for 45 minutes.

To wit: Boston College punts. Colin Kaepernick is intercepted on second down. Boston College's Nate Freese kicks a 22-yard field goal. Nevada punts. Boston College punts. Nevada's Anthony Martinez kicks a 27-yard field goal.  That is all. At the end of the third quarter, Nevada leads Boston College, 20-10.

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2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Nevada Vs. Boston College: 'Pack Holds Halftime Lead

We're battling poverty and overpowering sleepiness here in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, where there's only been a three-point swing on the scoreboard since we last saw our heroes.

Boston College turns out another ruthlessly efficient three-and-out, and that'll do it for the first quarter of play. The second quarter kicks off with a Nevada three-and-out, followed by a BC possession that takes three minutes to go 16 yards. Anybody's appetite whetted for tomorrow's title game yet? Huh? Huh??

Anyway, Nevada gets the ball back at their own 20-yard line, and Vai Taua runs up the middle for no gain on first down, which means six more weeks of winter. Colin Kaepernick dinks and dunks around for a bit, and a 15-yard pass to the impossibly cowboyishly-named Virgil Green augmented by a 15-yard BC penalty is the best offense we'll see out of this drive, as the 'Pack settles for a 32-yard field goal off the toe of Anthony Martinez.

That is all the scoring that will happen right now. At the half, Nevada leads Boston College, 17-7.

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2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Nevada Vs. Boston College: 'Pack Swings Momentum And The Scoreboard

The Nevada Wolf Pack may have had trouble settling into their groove tonight, early on in a 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl that was supposed to be a cakewalk of a postseason matchup, but they've constructed a momentum swing out of pure special teams moxie. Ranked 59th nationally in punt returns, you wouldn't necessarily expect the 'Pack to pull a big play out of their bag of tricks between series, but as Bob Davie is so keen to remind us in charmingly broken English, That's Why They Play The Games.

After forcing a three-and-out on three consecutive and fruitless Chase Rettig plays, Nevada's defense yields the turf to its punt return unit -- and that's about when Ryan Quigley punts one straight to Rishard Matthews, who runs it back 72 yards down the right-hand sideline for the second 'Pack touchdown in 80 seconds. With 2:50 remaining in the first quarter, Nevada leads Boston College, 14-7.

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2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Nevada Vs. Boston College: Eagles Hanging With It Early, 7-7

The inaugural Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (known colloquially on the internet as the Kraft Macaroni And Hunger Bowl, because why not) was billed by all but its organizers as a gross mismatch, with the 7-5 Boston College Eagles edging into bowl eligibility pitted against a 12-1 Nevada team only here because they had the temerity to both lose to Hawaii by six points and knock off then-No. 4 Boise State in the year's most thrilling overtime contest.

Tonight's actual playing of the football has done away with that particular notion, at least in the first quarter or so. The Wolf Pack is stopped just short of midfield on their first possession; they force an Eagles three-and-out to follow, but star quarterback Colin Kaepernick fumbles on the ensuing series to set up a 30-yard touchdown run by BC's Andre Williams. The 'Pack gets it right on their next possession; Kaepernick hits Rishard Matthews with a 27-yard scoring pass and we're all tied up.

After less than a quarter of football, wonder of wonders, we've got a game on our hands. With 3:40 remaining in the first quarter, Boston College and Nevada are tied, 7-7.

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