Oct. 2, 2012
Nevada (4-1, 1-0) vs. Wyoming (1-3, 0-0)
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 – 4:05 p.m. PT
Mackay Stadium – Reno, Nev.
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: Live streaming available at NevadaWolfPack.com or via the Nevada Wolf Pack mobile app (Android and iOS)
SERIES HISTORY: Tied at 2.
Last Meeting: Nevada won 35-28 in Laramie on Sept. 23, 2000.
After traveling more than 8,000 miles the last two weeks, the Nevada football team comes back to Mackay Stadium for Homecoming at Mackay Stadium on Saturday against Wyoming … The game marks the first Mountain West home game for Nevada, which is 1-0 in its first year in the league after beating Hawaii in week four … The game will not be televised but a live stream is available at NevadaWolfPack.com and via the Wolf Pack’s app on iOS and Android mobile devices … Nevada has the nation’s leading rusher in running back Stefphon Jefferson … The game matches two of the top young quarterbacks in the nation in Nevada’s Cody Fajardo and Wyoming’s Brett Smith, both sophomores … This is the first matchup between the teams in more than a decade as the last game was Nevada’s comeback win in Laramie in 2000 … The all-time series between the teams is tied at 2 … Nevada has the reigning Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week in kicker Allen Hardison … Nevada has had at least one 100-yard rusher in 14 straight games dating back to last season … Nevada guard Chris Barker has started 45 straight games – all 45 of his career … Barker and Jeff Nady – the left side of Nevada’s offensive line – have combined to start 73 games in their careers … Nevada receiver Brandon Wimberly has caught a pass in all 32 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
Series tied 2-2. Home: 1-1; Road: 1-1
Sept. 23, 2000 W, 35-28 (Laramie)
Oct. 11, 1997 L, 34-30 (Reno)
Sept. 5, 1992 L, 25-6 (Laramie)
Oct. 2, 1937 W, 9-7 (Reno)
LAST TIME THEY MET (Sept. 23, 2000)
LARAMIE, Wyoming -- Marquis Starks scored on a 16-yard run with 41 seconds remaining as Nevada had three touchdowns in the final period to rally for a 35-28 victory over Wyoming.
Starks' run capped a five-play, 56-yard drive that culminated a wild offensive contest.
The Wolf Pack trailed 14-0 after the first quarter and 21-13 after three periods before quarterback David Neill ran for a score early in the final quarter and passed for another just over a minute later to give Nevada a 28-21 lead.
On the next possession, Cowboys quarterback Jay Stoner engineered a 12-play, 69-yard drive capped by his five-yard connection to wide receiver Ryan McGuffey that tied the score.
But Nevada (1-2) made the most of its last possession as Starks' run gave the Wolfpack their first win of the season. Starks gained 68 yards on 19 carries.
Wyoming (1-3) took the lead midway through the opening quarter on a 35-yard run by Brett Ralph. Brother Brock Ralph hauled in an 18-yard strike from from Stoner in the waning seconds of the period, giving the Cowboys a 14-0 lead.
Neill's first touchdown, a 28-yard run early in the second quarter, cut the deficit in half. Stoner connected with Brett Ralph on a 12-yard TD pass that restored the 14-point cushion just over a minute later.
Nevada's Mike Phillips added a 41-yard field goal as time expired in the half, cutting the deficit to 21-10.
The Wolf Pack drew within 21-13 on Phillips' second field goal late in the third period and took their first lead with 11:57 left.
Neill completed 15-of-27 passes for 190 yards and gained 54 yards on eight carries.
Stoner was 25-of-43 for 206 yards and three TDs.
LAST TIME OUT
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Cody Fajardo accounted for 381 yards of total offense with three passing touchdowns and the Nevada defense shutout Texas State in the second half en route to a 34-21 at Bobcat Stadium on Saturday.
Fajardo completed 21-of-34 for 286 yards and three scores while rushing for 95 yards on just 10 carries. Stefphon Jefferson, the nation’s leading rusher, ran for 178 yards on 40 carries while Brandon Wimberly caught six passes for a career-high 135 yards for Nevada.
Texas State led 21-20 at halftime but Nevada scored two early touchdowns and clamped down on the Bobcats defensively in the final 30 minutes. Texas State had just 83 yards of total offense in the second half.
The win was the 37th second-half come-from-behind victory in the Hall of Fame career of Nevada head coach Chris Ault.
Nevada improved to 4-1 overall and the Wolf Pack’s 1-0 record in Mountain West play will be put to the test next week against Wyoming.
Texas State fell to 2-2.
With the win at Texas State on Saturday, Nevada improved to 514-442-33 all-time and Hall of Fame Coach Chris Ault saw his record go to 230-104-1 … Fifth-year senior Mark Avery made his first career start and registered his first career sack in the win … Cody Fajardo’s 286 yards and three touchdowns marked season highs … Sophomore cornerback Evan Favors also made his first career start as Kahalid Wooten was out due to injury … Texas State won the toss and deferred to the second half … Nevada received the opening kickoff and 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 third start … Chris Barker started his 45th straight game, all 45 games of his career … Senor free safety Marlon Johnson returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with an injury … Nevada has travel approximately 8,000 miles in the past nine days for wins at Hawaii and Texas State.