Nevada Suffers Heartbreaking Loss In Overtime, 39-38

Cody Fajardo

Oct. 21, 2012

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Backup quarterback Adam Dingwell threw three touchdown passes and a two-point conversion in overtime that gave San Diego State a 39-38 victory over Nevada on Saturday.

Subbing for starter Ryan Katz, who went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter, Dingwell completed 14 of 23 passes for 177 yards.

After Nevada (6-2, 3-1 Mountain West) went up 38-31 in overtime on a 3-yard TD pass from Cody Fajardo to Brandon Wimberly, the Aztecs needed two plays to pull to within 38-37, scoring on a 21-yard pass from Dingwell to Gavin Escobar. The Aztecs elected to go for the win and Dingwell sealed it with a pass to Rob Andrews in the corner of the end zone for the successful two-point conversion.

San Diego State (5-3, 3-1) trailed 31-28 and tied it on a 35-yard field goal by Chance Marden as time expired in regulation to force overtime.

Fajardo completed 29 of 40 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns for Nevada. Two of the touchdowns were to Wimberly, who finished with 10 catches for 132 yards. Fajardo also rushed for a touchdown, a 5-yard keeper that put the Wolf Pack up 17-6 with 8:43 left in the third quarter.

Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, the nation's leading rusher finished with 108 yards on 32 carries, and a 1-yard touchdown run that put Nevada up 31-21 with 7:46 left in the game.

Nevada led 10-6 at halftime, scoring on a 10-yard pass from Fajardo to Aaron Bradley with 5 seconds left in the first half.

The Aztecs had a pair of field goals from Marden, one from 39 yards and one from 46-yards, a career-high for Marden, which put them up 6-3 with 4:22 left in the second quarter.

Postgame Notes
Nevada vs. SDSU
Oct. 20, 2012
With the overtime loss to San Diego State, Nevada moved to 516-443-33 all-time and Hall of Fame Coach Chris Ault saw his record go to 232-105-1 … Nevada is now 6-2 overall on the season and 3-1 in its first season in the Mountain West Conference.

Entering Saturday’s game, Nevada wide receiver Brandon Wimberly was on a scoring draught of large proportions. Wimberly had not scored a TD since the Pack’s appearance in the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 of that year. But when he caught a 3-yard TD pass on a fade route in the third quarter against San Diego State, that streak came to an end. In all, it was a span of 1,031 days between scores for Wimberly and a stretch of 83 straight receptions without a score in between.
Wimberly didn’t wait long for his second score – he caught Nevada’s touchdown pass in overtime on another 3-yard pass from Fajardo.
It was part of a career night for Wimberly, who had a career-high 10 catches for 132 yards – just three yards off his career high of 135 set earlier this year against Texas State. It was the most receptions by a Nevada player since Rishard Matthews had 12 in a game last year against Idaho.
He also extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 35 – all 35 games of his career. The streak is the fifth-longest active streak in the nation.

For the ninth time in his career and seventh time in seven games this season, Stefphon Jefferson topped the 100-yard mark in rushing. Jefferson carried it 32 times for 108 yards and one touchdown in the game. He entered the game leading the nation in rushing and should retain that title this week averaging 156.0 yards per game with 15 touchdowns.
On the year, Jefferson now has 1,248 rushing yards on the year, which is 11th on Nevada’s single-season charts. Nevada has played just eight games and with four regular season games plus a potential bowl game, Jefferson is on pace to become Nevada’s first-ever 2,000-yard rusher.

For the second time on his career, Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo topped the 300-yard mark in passing with 304 yards and three touchdowns on 29-of-40 passing without an interception.
The 29 completions were the most in Fajardo’s career and the most by a Nevada player since Zach Threadgill completed 30 against UTEP in 2002. The 40 attempts were also a career high.
Fajardo’s previous 300-yard passing game was 313 yards in a win over Fresno State last year.

Nevada won the toss and deferred to the second half … SDSU received the opening kickoff and Nevada defended the north goal to start the game … Nevada opened in a double-tight end set (Sudfeld and Arendse) with Richy Turner and Brandon Wimberly starting at receiver … Chris Barker started his 48th straight game, all 48 games of his career … For the third straight week, Nevada started the same combination in the secondary as the previous week (Wooten, Johnson, Williams and Garrett) after six weeks to open the year with six different combinations … Nevada had four sacks in the game … The Wolf Pack also broke up five passes … Nevada eclipsed the 30-point mark for the eighth-straight game and the Wolf Pack scored in all four quarters and overtime … Kicker Allen Hardison connected on a 36-yarder and is now 6-of-7 on the year.

San Diego State leads 3-2. Home: 1-1; Road: 1-2
Oct. 20, 2012    L, 39-38 OT (Reno)
Sept. 25, 2004 L, 10-27 (San Diego)
Sept. 28, 1995 L, 27-30 (San Diego)
Oct. 19, 1946 W, 26-0 (San Diego)
Nov. 3. 1945 W, 44-6 (Reno)



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