Nevada Post-Game Notes vs. UCLA
Aug 31, 2013
With the 58-20 loss to the Bruins, Nevada fell to 0-1 on the season and to 524-453-33 overall in its history. UCLA leads the overall series 1-0 as this was the first meeting between the schools.
Brian Polian is now 0-1 overall as a head coach and 0-1 at Nevada.
OPENERS: Nevada is now 59-45-1 overall in season openers. This was the third straight year the Pack opened with a Pac-12 school on the road in an opener and is 1-2 in those games (win at Cal in 2012).
FAJARDO SHINES: Nevada junior quarterback Cody Fajardo had a strong performance in defeat. He completed 19 of 32 for 164 yards through the air. He also ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns. The 100-yard rushing effort was his seventh career game over the century mark.
ZUZO DELIVERS: True freshman Brent Zuzo won the kicking duties in training camp and had a strong night against UCLA. Zuzo connected on a pair of field goals in the first half (28 and 21 yards) and was perfect on extra-points.
DEBUTS: Nevada had more than a dozen players who saw their first action in Silver and Blue on Saturday night. That includes four true freshmen Zuzo, defensive backs Elijah Mitchell and Tere' Calloway along with linebacker Travis Wilson, who played on special teams.
BLOCKED: UCLA blocked a Chase Tenpenny punt in the third quarter and the Bruins recovered for a touchdown. It was the first blocked punt of Tenpenny's career. It was the first time Nevada has had one blocked since 2011 Hawaii Bowl (Southern Miss.).
WIM STREAK: Senior wide receiver Brandon Wimberly extended his nation's-best streak of consecutive games with a reception to 41 straight - all 41 games of his career.
EXTRA POINTS: UCLA won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half. Nevada received the opening kickoff and UCLA defended the south to open ... Kendall Brock started at running back (Don Jackson) and Dupree Roberts-Jordan started at defensive end (Lenny Jones) ... Kolby Arendse matched a career high (2011 vs. Hawaii) with six catches.