April 21, 2012
RENO, Nev. – Sophomore Cody Fajardo led a Nevada quarterback trio that completed all but four attempts as the Wolf Pack offense (Silver) took a 43-26 win over the defense (Blue) in the annual Silver and Blue Spring Game on Saturday at Mackay Stadium.
The offense scored two touchdowns but was held two field goals on two other gold-zone drives by the defense, which also recorded a gold-zone interception by senior linebacker Jeremiah Green. The offense won the game using a unique scoring system.
Fajardo, who won the 2011 WAC Freshman of the Year award, was 19-of-22 for 155 yards on the day. His favorite target was senior tight end Zach Sudfeld, who had a monster game with nine catches for 119 yards. Sudfeld was hurt in the season opener at Oregon last year and missed the rest of the season.
The crisp, 92-play scrimmage took just more than an hour and was played in front of about 3,800 fans at Mackay Stadium.
Four different running backs saw action with redshirt freshman Tony Knight (10 carries, 63 yards) leading the way. Sophomore Kendall Brock had 11 catches for 40 yards and one of the offense’s two 1-yard touchdown runs. The other TD was from senior Nick Hale (8 for 22) while Stefphon Jefferson ran the ball nine times for 26 yards.
Brandon Wimberly, who missed all of the 2011 season, had five catches for 26 yards while sophomore Aaron Bradley led all wideouts with six catches for 36 yards.
Defensively, linebackers DeAndre Boughton and Jon McNeal paced the Blue team with nine tackles each. Albert Rosette tallied seven stops, including two for a loss. Green recorded the lone turnover with an athletic pick inside the 20-yard line.
The offense earned points with a first down (+1), converting a fourth down (+2), a 15-yard or longer running play (+2), a 20-yard or longer passing play (+2) or scoring a touchdown (+6).
The defense earned points with stopping the offense on a series (+1), forcing a fumble (+1), recovering a fumble (+2), making an interception (+3), recording a sack or tackle for loss (+2), forcing a three-and-out (+3), stopping the offense on fourth down (+2) or scoring a touchdown (+6).
Nevada opens the 2012 season, it’s first in the Mountain West, on Sept. 1 at Cal. Season tickets are available now by calling (775) 348-PACK or visiting NevadaWolfPack.com.
Fajardo 19-22-155-0-0; Roderick 5-6-61-1-0; Combs 3-3-8-0-0.
Knight 10-63-0; Roderick 9-41-0; Brock 11-40-1; Jefferson 9-26-0; Hale 8-22-1; Combs 4-20-0; Fajardo 3-7-0.
Sudfeld 9-118; Bradley 6-36; Wimberly 5-26; Huber 4-28; Arendse 1-4; Knight 1-3; Brock 1-2.
Boughton 9; McNeal 9; Johnson 8; T. Brown 8; Bell 7; Lane 7; Rosette 7; Wooten 6; Houk 6; Avery 6; Peppard 5; Jones 5; DeKoning 4; Smith 4; Dobrich 4; Coates 4; Green 4; Williams 3; Garrett 3; Hekking 3; Devers 2; A. Brown 2; Yates 2; James 1; Haikins 1; Keeton 1; Hanson 1.
TACKLES FOR LOSS
Rosette 2-3; Lane 1-8; Wooten 1-2; James 1-3; Brown 1-2; Boughton 1-3; Jones 1-3.