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Wolf Pack still chasing bowl berth

SAN JOSE — The University of Nevada football team may be down, but coach Chris Ault’s team is not completely out of the postseason bowl picture.

A win at home this week against Louisiana Tech and some help from either Boise State or Hawaii could send the Wolf Pack to a WAC-sponsored bowl game.

“We are going to worry about (Louisiana) Tech,” Ault said. “We have to find a way to win in particular situations.”

A Nevada win on Saturday would even the Pack’s record to 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the WAC. Although Ault said he didn’t want to talk about the possibility of playing in a bowl game, some of his players would like redemption for the 5-6 season.

“We set our expectations so high but to see them fall so far below is heartbreaking,” said Nevada linebacker Ezra Butler.

Butler said he would like to see his teammates finish the season with a win against the Bulldogs. Paul Pratt is another senior who would like to see Nevada take care of business in the final league game of the season.

“We have had a chance to go 9-1 or 8-2,” he said. “We need to find a way to finish.”

The Wolf Pack controls its own fate.

For the second straight week, Nevada let a lead slip away in the second half for a pair of losses. Nevada dropped a 28-26 game to Hawaii nine days ago on Dan Kelly’s field goal with 11 seconds left.

Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick said the Wolf Pack worked to earn a shot at a bowl game.

“This team deserves everything we get,” he said. “If we win and make it to a bowl game, we deserve it.”

Devon Walker said it has been hard to predict the outcome of Nevada’s games, but he is hopeful of experiencing postseason play.

“We still have a chance of a bowl game. We don’t want to go out with a loss,” he said, referring to the Pack’s game against Louisiana Tech.

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