Nevada Post-Game Notes
At Northwestern, Sept. 8, 2007
-- Nevada has never been shut out as a member of Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) and has not been shut out since Sept. 27, 1980, a streak of 319 games that is the longest in the nation. The last time Nevada was blanked was at Weber State, a 10-0 loss. That is the only shutout loss ever suffered by Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault. During the streak, Nevada has shut out eight opponents, the last being a 42-0 win over Louisiana Tech last year in Ruston, La.
-- Sophomore Nick Graziano set career highs in completions (22), attempts (36), yards (337) and touchdowns (2). This marks the first 300-yard game of the sophomore’s career.
-- Junior Luke Lippincott rushed a career-high 28 times for a total of 140 yards. That marked his third career 100-yard rushing game and his best effort since turning in a career-best 144 yards (on 25 carries) Nov. 11, 2005 vs. Utah State. He scored the 10th touchdown of his career with a 27-yard scoring run with 3:38 left in the fourth quarter.
-- Senior Kyle Sammons caught five passes for 102 yards and a TD, just one yard shy of his career-best 103 receiving yards set in 2005 at Colorado State.
-- Nevada’s racked up 541 yards of total offense, the most since the Wolf Pack gained 623 yards in a 49-48 victory over Central Florida in the 2005 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24). Last year, the Wolf Pack’s best effort was a season-high 472 yards of total offense at Hawai’i on Oct. 7.
-- Senior Erics Clarks recorded Nevada’s first sack of the year with a 6-yarder of Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher in the first quarter. Senior linebacker Ezra Butler, the WAC’s top returning sackman, recorded his first sack of the year in the third quarter, dropping Bacher for a loss of five yards.
-- Brandon Fragger’s 14-yard touchdown in the first quarter was the sophomore’s first touchdown since Oct. 7, 2006 (vs. Hawaii). It also marked the first touchdown of the season scored by the Nevada offense and the first touchdown allowed by Northwestern this season.
-- Adam Bishop’s 24-yard touchdown reception was his first score since a 7-yard TD catch at Arizona State last season (Sept. 9, 2006). Bishop now has a touchdown catch in each of his four years at Nevada.
-- Nick Graziano’s 48-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Sammons at the end of the second quarter marks the longest pass of his career. It eclipsed a 42-yarder to Marko Mitchell earlier in the second quarter.
-- Sammons’ 48-yard touchdown reception was the longest scoring play by the Nevada offense since Fragger’s 66-yard run over UNLV on Sept. 30, 2006.
-- Junior kicker Brett Jaekle connected on a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter, extended his streak of consecutive makes to six dating back to the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl against Miami. The streak came to an end in the third quarter when his attempt from 42 yards was wide right.
-- Today’s game was the final game of a home-and-home series between Nevada and Northwestern with each team winning on its home field. Last year, Nevada turned in its first win over a Big Ten Conference opponent with a 31-21 victory over Northwestern on Sept. 22 at Mackay Stadium.
-- After opening the year with two consecutive road contests, Nevada will not play another road game until Sunday, Oct. 14 at Boise State. The Wolf Pack will play host to its home opener against Nicholls State on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Mackay Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time.