Nevada Struggles in Second Half, Loses to Boise State, 34-17
Oct. 19, 2013
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Brandon Wimberly led the Wolf Pack with 11 catches for 121 yards. However, his streak of five straight games with a touchdown reception was snapped, as Nevada fell to Boise State, 34-17.
Nevada (3-4, 2-2), which led at halftime, lost its fifth straight on the road dating back to last season.
The Wolf Pack put up 246 yards of offense in the first half, but was held to 127 yards in the second half.
Trailing 17-7 at halftime, the Boise State offense found its rhythm in the second half.
On their first possession of the second half, the Broncos drove 64 yards in eight plays, scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run by Ajayi. A missed extra point left Nevada with a 17-13 lead.
On Boise State's next possession, Ajayi raced 71 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. With the extra point, Boise State took its first lead at 20-17 with 9:31 left in the third quarter.
Boise State added two more touchdowns to secure the victory.
Grant Hedrick, a junior who had only attempted 36 passes in his career, took over for Boise State when starting quarterback Joe Southwick injured his right foot on the Broncos' first offensive play from scrimmage. He finished 18-of-21 passing.
Nevada Post-Game Notes
vs. Boise State
Oct. 19, 2013
With the 34-17 loss to Boise State, Nevada saw its record drop to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in Mountain West play … Nevada fell to 0-4 on the road this year … The program’s all-time record fell to 520-450-33 … Brian Polian is now 3-4 as a head coach and at Nevada.
FAJARDO SETS MW RECORD
Nevada junior quarterback Cody Fajardo completed 22-of-29 for 208 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He has not thrown an interception this year – a streak of 187 attempts that is the second-longest streak in the nation behind Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who was in action Saturday night against Washington State.
The streak is also the longest one in the history of the MW record as he broke the mark of 183 straight by Wyoming’s Brett Smith, that started in 2012 and ended this season.
Brandon Wimberly caught a 19-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick against Notre Dame on Sept. 5, 2009 for his first collegiate reception in his first career game for the Wolf Pack.
And he’s caught a pass in every game he has played in since, a stretch of 47 straight games with a reception that is the longest in the nation by seven games (San Jose State’s Noel Grigsby is at 36 straight and on hold).
He extended the streak in the first quarter against the Broncos. The 47-game streak would match the Mountain West record but the league only recognizes games played by Wimberly with Nevada as a member of the MW (Wimberly’s first two seasons came with Nevada in the WAC). The Mountain West record for consecutive games with a reception is 47, held by UNLV’s Casey Flair and Wyoming’s Jovon Bouknight.
Wimberly missed all of the 2011 season due to injury but his (first) senior season in 2012 saw a remarkable comeback from the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder. Wimberly led Nevada in catches (70) and yards (845) and was second (behind current New England Patriots TE Zach Sudfeld) in touchdowns (4). Wimberly received a medical hardship from the NCAA in the offseason to return for a sixth season.
The NCAA record is 54 games by Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan (2006-09). Nevada would need to reach the Mountain West championship game and a bowl game in order for Wimberly to have a chance to tie the NCAA record.
WIM STREAK, PART II
Wimberly notched his third-straight 100-yard receiving game with 11 catches for 121 yards.
It’s the sixth time in his career that he’s gone over the 100-yard mark in receiving. It’s also the third straight game that he caught double-digits in receptions with 15 against Air Force and 12 against SDSU.
Wimberly’s streak of five straight games with a touchdown reception came to an end.
MORE ON WIM
Wimberly moved into sixth place all-time at Nevada in career receptions. He entered the game with 210 career catches and passed Nichiren Flowers (2002-05), who had 214 in his career. The five receivers ahead of Wimberly on the list are all members of the Nevada Hall of Fame. Wimberly now has 221 receptions in his career.
Senior wide receiver Joseph Huber made his first career start.
Connor Talbott started his third game of the year at his third different position. He opened the year at left guard vs. UCLA and then moved to right tackle against UC Davis. He returned after injury today and opened at right guard.
Tackle Joel Bitonio started his 33rd straight game.
Boise State won the toss and elected to defer to the second half … Nevada received the opening kickoff and defended the south … Aaron Bradley attempted his first career pass on an option play. It was incomplete … Nevada did not have a turnover in the game … Brent Zuzo connected from 33 yards out to stay perfect on the year at 7-of-7 on FGs … Lenny Jones registered his first career interception on a pass tipped by teammate Ian Seau … Nevada yielded six sacks in the game.