Coming off Mountain West win, the Pack meets the Bobcats in final non-conference game.
Sept. 24, 2012
Nevada (3-1) at Texas State (2-1)
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 – 1 p.m. CT
Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium – San Marcos, Texas
RADIO: Wolf Pack Radio Network (Flagship: ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/630 AM) with Ryan Radtke (PxP) and Chris Vargas (analyst). Pre-game show with the broadcast crew begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
TV: The Longhorn Network with Dave Armstrong (PxP) and Kelly Stouffer (Analyst).
SERIES HISTORY: First meeting.
Last Meeting: Nevada won 42-28 on Nov. 12, 2011 in Reno.
After winning its Mountain West Conference debut and ending a seven-game island skid with a 69-24 at Hawai`i last week, Nevada steps out of conference play to travel to Texas State this week … This will mark the first meeting between Nevada and Texas State, which is a member of the WAC … This will also mark Nevada’s first appearance on the Longhorn Network … This is Nevada’s final non-conference game of the year … After traveling more than 5,000 miles roundtrip last week, Nevada will travel 3,000 miles roundtrip this week … Nevada has the reigning Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week in running back Stefphon Jefferson, who tied an NCAA record and broke several school and conference records with his 170-yard, seven-touchdown performance last week at Hawaii … Jefferson was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week in the conference for his efforts … Nevada guard Chris Barker has started 44 straight games – all 44 of his career … Barker and Nady – the left side of Nevada’s offensive line – have combined to start 71 games in their careers … Nevada receiver Brandon Wimberly has caught a pass in all 31 games of his career – the sixth-longest streak in the nation … Nevada was picked second in the Mountain West in preseason voting by the league’s media, behind Boise State … The Wolf Pack had four players named to the Preseason All-MW team in offensive linemen Jeff Nady and Chris Barker, defensive tackle Jack Reynoso and safety Duke Williams ... Nevada returns 13 starters (6/6/1) from last year’s team that finished second in the WAC and went to the Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl and 31 overall letterwinners.
IN THE SERIES
This will be the first meeting between the schools.
LAST TIME OUT
HONOLULU (AP) -- For the first time in more than 60 years, the Nevada football team will leave Hawaii feeling some aloha.
Stefphon Jefferson tied an NCAA record by scoring seven touchdowns to lead Nevada in a 69-24 win over Hawaii on Saturday. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak in Honolulu for the Wolf Pack (3-1, 1-0 Mountain West) that dated back to 1948.
It was the first time since 2007 that the home team had won in the series between the two former Western Athletic Conference teams. Both schools left the WAC for the Mountain West Conference in July.
"It was terrific," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "We've lost the last four times we've been here, and I'm the one who has been outspoken about it. ... We were fortunate tonight. I thought we played well on both sides of the ball."
Jefferson, a junior running back, carried 31 times for 170 yards and scored on 3-, 2-, 1-, 5-, 3- and 1-yard runs and added a 55-yard scoring reception.
It was the fourth time a player had seven touchdowns in a game, the first since Oklahoma State's Rashaan Woods did it in 2003. The mark is also a new Mountain West Conference record.
"I really didn't realize that at all," Ault said of Jefferson tying the NCAA record. "What can you say? He played terrific. He caught a couple screens, did a great job with it. Our offensive front did a terrific job up front for him, and Stefphon did a great job finding the holes."
Nevada racked up 575 yards of offense and had 30 first downs. It was 8 of 12 on third downs and 7 of 7 in the red zone.
After a three-and-out on their first drive, the Wolf Pack scored on their next five possessions to build a 34-17 halftime lead. Jefferson, who had 90 yards on 19 rushes at intermission, added a rushing touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters.
Hawaii's defense came in allowing just 62.5 rushing yards per game, but gave up 355 to Nevada. The Wolf Pack averaged 6.3 yards per rush on 56 attempts. It was their 13th straight game with at least one 100-yard rusher.
Sean Schroeder's 36-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Ostrowski pulled Hawaii within 20-17 midway through the second quarter, but Nevada scored 42 unanswered points until a Warriors touchdown in the game's closing minutes.
Cody Fajardo completed 14 of 20 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He had 69 yards rushing and was not sacked.
Fajardo's other TD pass was an 8-yarder to Zach Sudfeld in the third quarter.
Khalid Wooten had a 78-yard interception return for a score early in the fourth quarter, and Nick Hale closed out the scoring with a 52-yard run.
Brock Hekking recorded two of the Wolf Pack's four sacks and forced a fumble.
Schroeder was 22 of 40 for 234 yards with two interceptions. Will Gregory ran for 92 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors (1-2, 0-1).
It was the most points ever allowed by Hawaii at Aloha Stadium and the most in a home game since 1950, when it allowed 74 against Stanford.
"It's just one game. It's a disappointing one," Hawaii coach Norm Chow said. "Obviously, we didn't play as well as we could. Give (Nevada) an awful lot of credit."
Nevada took a 9-8 lead in the all-time series. The 45-point margin of victory is the second-largest in series history. The Wolf Pack beat Hawaii 73-12 in 1948.
With the win over Hawaii on Saturday, Nevada improved to 513-442-33 all-time and Hall of Fame Coach Chris Ault saw his record go to 229-104-1 … Nevada is now 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Mountain West play in 2012 … The game was Nevada’s first-ever Mountain West conference games … Nevada entered the game without recording an interception but that changed as Charles Garrett got Nevada’s first and Khalid Wooten added the second of the year in the fourth quarter … Wooten returned his for a touchdown, marking the first pick-six for Nevada since the Idaho game in 2011 (Dec. 3) … Redshirt freshman running back Anthony Knight saw his first carries as he had three rushes for nine yards … Nevada won the toss and deferred to the second half … Hawaii received the opening kickoff and Nevada defended the north goal to start the game … Nevada opened in a two-tight end set with Kolby Arendse getting the start at TE and WR Richy Turner making his second start … Chris Barker started his 44th straight game, all 44 games of his career … Senior Ty Thompson started at one of the safety spots for the second straight week … Redshirt freshman Rykeem Yates started at one of the defensive tackle spots in place of Jack Reynoso … Khalid Wooten broke off a 32-yard punt return, which matched a career long set last week … Brock Hekking recorded a pair of sacks in the game and had a forced fumble … Rykeem Yates, Jeremiah Green and Sam Foster each had a sack … The sacks were the first ever for Yates and Foster … Nevada did not turn the ball over for the first time in 2012.
Entering the year, Nevada had not beaten Hawaii at Hawaii since 1948, a skid of seven straight losses that began in 2000 when the Pack joined the WAC and became conference mates with the Warriors.
Though Nevada did get a win on the island in 2005 at the Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl, the Wolf Pack never beat Hawaii on the Warriors’ home turf at Aloha Stadium in seven tries. The last three losses, in 2006, 2008 and 2010, were the most frustrating in that each came by a touchdown or loss. The 2010 loss was the only blemish on the season for Nevada that year, which finished 13-1 and No. 11 in the nation. It was sandwiched by Hawaii Bowl losses in 2009 (to SMU) and 2011 (to Southern Miss).
With all of the heartbreak in paradise, rumors of a Nevada “curse” began to surface. But that was put to bed on Sept. 22 when Nevada went to Hawaii and scored a 69-24 blowout win over the Warriors.
With the win, Nevada took the lead in the all-time series between the teams at 9-8. Nevada is now 4-7 all-time at Hawaii with three of the wins coming before 1948, including a 14-0 win in 1920 when Nevada became the first mainland team to travel to play Hawaii.
JEFFERSON TIES NCAA MARK, SHATTERS SCHOOL AND CONFERENCE RECORDS
Junior running back Stefphon Jefferson broke school and conference records and tied the NCAA mark for most touchdowns scored against a major college opponent with his seven touchdowns against Hawaii on Saturday night.
Jefferson, who did not play in the fourth quarter, had six touchdowns and 170 yards rushing on 31 carries and also caught three passes for 76 yards and another score in the game. His seven scores tied the NCAA record held by three players: Arnold “Showboat” Boykin, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi St., Dec. 1, 1951; Marshall Faulk, San Diego St. vs. Pacific, Sept. 14, 1991; Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma St. vs. SMU, Sept. 20, 2003.
He also set the school and Mountain West conference records for most points scored in a game, most rushing touchdowns in a game and most touchdowns scored in a game.
Jefferson’s first score was a career first – a receiving touchdown. Jefferson caught a screen pass from Cody Fajardo and scampered 55 yards down the right sideline for the first score of the game. Then came four rushing touchdowns in the first half: A 3-yarder in the first quarter; a 2-yarder, 1-yarder and 5-yarder in the second quarter. The five touchdowns in one half is also a Nevada record.
He added an 8-yard TD run in the third quarter for his sixth score of the game – fifth rushing. He appeared to have added a second receiving TD late in the third quarter but replay showed his knee was down at the 1. That set up his final score of the game – a 1-yard plunge to give him six rushing TDs and seven overall.
Jefferson has now topped the 100-yard mark in all four games this season and it marked his sixth career 100-yard effort.
Last week, Jefferson set a career high and a 2012 FBS high with a 247-yard effort in a win over Northwestern State. It marked the best performance by a Nevada player since Vai Taua ran for 263 yards at Fresno State in 2008.
For his performance at Hawaii, Jefferson was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week. He was also named the National Running Back Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
Jefferson shared the weekly Mountain West honor as he was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the league.
13 STRAIGHT OVER THE CENTURY MARK
With Stefphon Jefferson’s 170-yard effort in a victory over Hawai`i last week, Nevada ran its streak of consecutive games with at least one 100-yard rusher to 13 straight. The streak is by far the longest active streak in the nation as no other school has at least five games right now.
The streak began against UNLV on Oct. 8, 2011 when Jefferson had his first career 100-yard game. It’s continued into 2012 as four different Nevada players have been involved in extending the streak. The stretch includes three games – vs. Louisiana Tech in 2011 and against USF and Northwestern State in 2012 – in which two Nevada players topped the century mark in the same game.
The streak is Nevada’s longest since joining the FBS in 1992. In 2009, Nevada recorded 10 games in a row with Vai Taua, Luke Lippincott and Colin Kaepernick each involved in the streak.
The current streak is Nevada’s longest since 1978-80, when the Frank Hawkins-led Pack recorded a 24-game streak. According to research by local sportswriter Joe Santoro, that started in the final game of the 1978 season against UMass and continued through the entire 1979 and 1980 seasons. It ended in the season opener of the 1981 season, with the College Football Hall of Famer Hawkins off to the NFL, against North Dakota.
Here’s the breakdown of the current streak:
Stefphon Jefferson 17-100 vs. UNLV (Oct. 8, 2011)
Stefphon Jefferson 14-108 vs. New Mexico (Oct. 15, 2011)
Mike Ball 26-198 vs. Fresno State (Oct. 22, 2011)
Lampford Mark 8-185 vs. New Mexico State (Oct. 29, 2011)
Lampford Mark 24-105 vs. Hawaii (Nov. 12, 2011)
Cody Fajardo 22-110 vs. Louisiana Tech (Nov. 19, 2011)
Lampford Mark 28-109 vs. Louisiana Tech (Nov. 19, 2011)
Lampford Mark 22-111 vs. Utah State (Nov. 26, 2011)
Lampford Mark 24-104 vs. Idaho (Dec. 3, 2011)
Lampford Mark 29-183 vs. Southern Miss (Dec. 24, 2011)
Stefphon Jefferson 34-147 vs. Cal (Sept. 1, 2012)
Cody Fajardo 18-134 vs. USF (Sept. 8, 2012)
Stefphon Jefferson 30-135 vs. USF (Sept. 8, 2012)
Cody Fajardo 16-118 vs. Northwestern State (Sept. 15, 2012)
Stefphon Jefferson 27-247 vs. Northwestern State (Sept. 15, 2012)
Stefphon Jefferson 31-170 vs. Hawai`i (Sept. 22, 2012)
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