Pinpoint passing by Fajardo sparks Nevada
Sep 7, 2013
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Cody Fajardo threw efficiently, completing 18 of 21 passes for 239 yards, and Nevada rolled over UC Davis 36-7 on Saturday night.
Nevada (1-1) avenged a season-opening loss at No. 21 UCLA with a commanding win over UC Davis (0-2) in its home opener. Brian Polian won his first game as coach of the Wolf Pack.
Fajardo scored the first touchdown of the game on a 7-yard run and later completed a 40-yard TD pass to Richy Turner to help Nevada build an early lead.
Kendall Brock gained 116 yards on the ground and scored the first two rushing touchdowns of his career to help the Wolf Pack offense.
The Aggies lone TD came on a Tom Hemmingsen reception from Jimmy Laughrea late in the first half to make the score 20-7.
The Nevada defense intercepted Hemmingsen twice and held the Aggies to 3 of 12 on third-down conversions.
Nevada Post-Game Notes
With the win over the Aggies, Nevada evened its record at 1-1 on the year and moved to 525-453-33 overall in its history. Brian Polian is now 1-1 overall as a head coach and 101 at Nevada. The Wolf Pack increased its overall lead in the series with the Aggies to 29-21-3. The series dates back to 1915.
Chris Ault FIELD: Prior to the game, Nevada's field was named in honor of longtime coach and former quarterback and administrator Chris Ault. The playing surface is now known as Chris Ault Field at Mackay Stadium.
DEBUTS: The game marked the home debut of first-year coach Brian Polian. He is the fifth Nevada coach of the last six to win his home debut. The only coach who did not was Chris Tormey (41-10 loss to TCU in 2000). The five in that stretch since 1969 who did: Jerry Scattini, Chris Ault, Jeff Horton, Jeff Tisdel and Polian.
BROCK TOPS 100: For the first time in his career, junior running back Kendall Brock topped the 100-yard mark in rushing. Brock had 27 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns. The two scores were the first rushing TDs of his career. Nevada has now had at least one 100-yard rusher in five straight games dating back to last year.
TURNER BURNS AGGIES: Junior wideout Richy Turner had a big game, catching six passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. It was Turner's second career 100-yard game and first since a 150-yard effort against Wyoming last year.
PICK CITY: After going without an interception in the opener, Nevada had two interceptions in the first half against UC Davis. Bryan Lane Jr. recorded his first career pick in the first quarter, setting up Nevada's first touchdown. At the end of the half, Markus Smith notched his first career interception. Last year, Nevada did not record an interception until week four of the season.
STARTS: Redshirt freshman Jeremy Macauley made his first career start, getting the nod at one of the guard spots as Connor Talbott filled in for Kyle Roberts at tackle. Sophomore linebacker Burton De Koning made his first career start, filling in for Bryan Lane, who moved to safety.
MAKE IT FIVE: Nevada played its fifth true freshman of the night as tight end Patrick Clifford saw action on the Pack's kick coverage team.
WIM STREAK: Senior wide receiver Brandon Wimberly extended his nation's-best streak of consecutive games with a reception to 42 straight - all 42 games of his career.
QB LUNCH: Monday marks the first Quarterback Club Luncheon of the year. Doors open at the Peppermill at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is $17. Coach Polian will introduce key players, recap tonight's game and preview the Florida State contest.
EXTRA POINTS: UC Davis won the opening coin toss and elected to receive and Nevada defended the North ... Nevada's first turnover of the year came in the third quarter on a bad pitch from Fajardo to Brock.