Zach Sudfeld tries to make a catch in the end zone. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)
Nov. 11, 2012
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Robbie Rouse rushed for 261 yards and two touchdowns and Fresno State tied a school record with three defensive touchdowns in beating Nevada 52-36 on Saturday.
Rouse had 36 carries and touchdowns runs of 1 and 39 yard for the Bulldogs (8-3, 6-1 Mountain West).
Fresno State's defensive touchdowns came on a 34-yard interception return by Derron Smith, a fumble recovery in the end zone by Tyeler Davidson and a 26-yard fumble recovery and return by Travis Brown, which put Fresno State up 38-21 with 8:45 left in the third quarter.
Bulldog quarterback Derek Carr completed 17 of 35 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Davante Adams from 36 yards out in the first quarter and connected with Marcel Jensen from 32 yards out late in the second quarter to tie the game at 21 just before halftime.
Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns for Nevada (6-4, 3-3), which lost its third consecutive game.
Wolf Pack quarterback Cody Fajardo was 21 of 39 for 214 yards and one touchdown.
Nevada vs. Fresno State
Nov. 10, 2012
With the loss to Fresno State, Nevada moved to 516-445-33 all-time and Hall of Fame Coach Chris Ault saw his record go to 232-107-1 … Nevada is now 6-4 overall on the season and 3-3 in its first season in the Mountain West Conference … The Wolf Pack’s four-game winning streak against Fresno State was snapped … Nevada lost its third game in a row for the first time since 2009.
BARKER TIES SCHOOL RECORD
Senior guard Chris Barker made his 50th career start on Saturday night against Fresno State and tied the school record for most career starts. He tied the record set last year by linebacker James-Michael Johnson.
Barker started the first game of his career at Notre Dame to open the 2009 season and has not left the starting lineup since – a streak of 50 straight games that is the longest active streak in the nation.
WIM EXTENDS STREAK
With three receptions in the first half, Brandon Wimberly extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 37 – all 37 games of his career. The streak is the sixth-longest active streak in the nation.
He finished the game with four catches for 40 yards.
WOOTEN SETS CAREER LONG
Senior Khalid Wooten established a new career long on punt returns with his 55-yard return in the second quarter. The return nearly set up a Nevada score just before the half but the Pack’s field goal attempt was wide.
Wooten’s previous long was 32 yards, set earlier this year. He entered the game as the leading punt returning in the conference and eighth in the nation.
JEFFERSON MOVES UP
With 95 rushing yards on 19 carries, Doak Walker Award semifinalist Stefphon Jefferson moved up three spots on Nevada’s single-season rushing list. He is now seventh in school history with 1,436 yards. He passed Vai Taua (2009), B.J. Mitchell (2005), and Luke Lippincott (2007).
Jefferson also moved up to ninth on the Mountain West’s single-season rushing list, passing Utah’s Dameon Hunter, who had 1,396 in 2001.
EXTRA POINTS: Nevada won the toss and elected to receive … Nevada kicked off and defended the north … Nevada opened in a double-tight end set with Zach Sudfeld and Kolby Arendse getting the starts with WRs Brandon Wimberly and Richy Turner … Redshirt freshman Sebastian Tretola started his third straight game ahead of the injured Alex Pinto … Senior linebacker Dray Bell started his second career game and second in a row … Nevada has not scored on an opening drive this year … Nick Hale’s 11-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was his first catch of the year and his first TD reception since 2010 … Nevada has scored at least 31 points in all 10 games this year … Anthony Knight scored his first career touchdown on his carry of the night – a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter … Nevada made a two-point conversion for the first time this year (Fajardo pass to Wimberly) … Sophomore kicker Colin Ditsworth went 0-for-2 on his first field goal attempts of the year.