RENO, Nevada (Ticker) -- Nate Burleson, the nation's leading receiver, caught 19 passes for 179 yards as Nevada rallied for a 23-17 victory over Texas-El Paso in a Western Athletic Conference contest.
Burleson snared Zac Theadgill's 11-yard pass to tie the game at 14-14 with 4:35 left in the first half, but Keith Robinson kicked a 54-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to give UTEP a 17-14 halftime lead. It was the seventh-longest field goal in school history.
However, Nevada (5-5, 4-2 WAC) blanked the Miners in the second half.
Burleson has caught 117 passes for 1,351 yards in 10 games this year, an averaged of 11.7 receptions and 135.1 yards per contest.
The Wolf Pack took their first lead at 20-17 on Threadgill's four-yard pass to Billy Lynch with 11:07 left in the third quarter. Damon Fine missed the extra point attempt.
Nevada held the Miners without a yard of offense in the third quarter.
Fine kicked a 32-yard field goal with 13:34 left in the fourth quarter to give the Wolf Pack a 23-17 advantage and Robinson missed a 38-yard field goal with 7:20 to play.
Threadgill was 30-of-54 for 325 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for Nevada, which won its second straight game to keep alive its bowl hopes. The Wolf Pack are in sole possession of third place in the WAC
The Miners (2-8, 1-5) scored their first TD in three games with 12:12 left in the second quarter when Sherman Austin caught a 26-yard strike from Omar Duarte.
After B.J. Mitchell tied the game with a four-yard run with 10:27 left, Duarte's five-yard scamper capped a nine-play, 70-yard drive and put UTEP ahead, 14-7 with 6:56 to go before halftime.
It was Duarte's first career touchdown. He also threw a 34-yard pass to Will Smith earlier in the drive for the longest completion of his career.
Duarte passed for 141 yards for the Miners, who lost their 14th straight road game. They have not won a road game since a 45-22 triumph at Nevada on November 4, 2000. Since then, UTEP has gone 5-19 overall and 3-13 in conference action, with just three wins over Division I-A foes.