Oct. 18, 2011
Nevada (3-3, 1-0) vs. Fresno St. (3-4, 2-0)
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 – 1:07 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: WAC Sports Network (KAME My 21 in Northern Nevada) with Barry Tompkins (PxP) and Joe Glenn (analyst)
SERIES HISTORY: Fresno State leads 24-17 but Nevada has won the last three meetings.
LAST MEETING: The Wolf Pack took a 35-34 decision at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif.
Coming off back-to-back home-field blowouts to close out non-conference play, the Nevada football team concludes a three-game homestand against Fresno State on Saturday … The game marks a return to WAC play for the Wolf Pack as Nevada is already 1-0 in the conference with a win over San Jose State in September … Though Fresno State leads the overall series (which dates back to 1923), Nevada has won the last three meetings between the teams … The series will resume next year when both teams move to the Mountain West … The Wolf Pack has won 13 straight at Mackay Stadium overall and eight straight WAC home games … Nevada leads the WAC in both total offense and total defense and the Wolf Pack is also tops in the league in scoring defense, pass defense and sacks allowed … Senior defensive tackle Brett Roy leads the league in sacks and tackles for loss as he is tied for sixth nationally in sacks and third nationally in tackles for loss … Sophomore running back Stefphon Jefferson has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games coming into this week … Nevada was picked third in the WAC in preseason voting by coaches and media, behind Hawaii and Fresno State … Nevada won the WAC Championship last year along with Boise State and Hawaii ... Nevada returns 14 starters (6/7/1) from last year’s 13-1 team and 31 overall letterwinners (15/15/1) ... Amongst the returners are four All-WAC players in 2010 in senior wideout Rishard Matthews, junior offensive lineman Chris Barker, senior linebacker James-Michael Johnson and senior cornerback Isaiah Frey.
LAST TIME THEY MET
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -Fresno State never recruited Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Bulldogs have been paying for it ever since.
Playing in front of 200 family and friends from his nearby hometown of Turlock, Kaepernick continued to punish Fresno State for its oversight by leading No. 21 Nevada to a 35-34 victory Saturday night.
Kaepernick set a school record with two more rushing touchdowns, and Vai Taua's third touchdown of the night helped the Wolf Pack defeat the Bulldogs for the third straight year.
``It's always motivation when you see a team that really didn't want you and you get to play against them,'' Kaepernick said. ``You kind of want to show them what they missed out on.''
Kaepernick rushed for 153 yards and scored the 54th touchdown of his career for the Nevada record.
Taua's 24-yard scamper up the middle with 4:51 remaining gave the Wolf Pack (9-1, 4-1 WAC) its first lead since midway through the third quarter.
Robbie Rouse rushed for 217 yards and scored three touchdowns for Fresno State (6-3, 4-2) in a game that featured seven lead changes.
The Bulldogs drove to midfield following Taua's final touchdown before turning the ball over on downs with 1:26 left.
``We won't play at another place with this kind of crowd, so I think it tells the guys in the fourth quarter they've got to find a way to win,'' Nevada coach Chris Ault said. ``Of course every coach talks that way. But until you do it it's just talk.''
Nevada began its final scoring drive on the 46 after the Bulldogs failed to move the ball from inside their 10 after stopping Taua for no gain on fourth-and-1.
Kaepernick converted two third downs on the go-ahead drive, including a 16-yard completion to Rishard Matthews on third-and-7. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder finished 16 of 26 for 171 yards and an interception.
IN THE SERIES
Fresno State leads 24-17-1. Home: 10-10-1; Road: 8-14.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Cody Fajardo passed for 203 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns to lead Nevada past New Mexico 49-7 on Saturday.
Lampford Mark had three short touchdown runs as the Wolf Pack (3-3) rolled up 598 yards of total offense. The Lobos (0-6) did not score until the game's final minutes.
Mark had 9-yard, 4-yard and 1-yard touchdown runs for Nevada, which led 28-0 at halftime and 42-0 after three quarters.
Stefphon Jefferson led the Wolf Pack in rushing yards with 108, plus a touchdown. Nevada totaled 338 yards on the ground.
The Lobos' lone score came when backup quarterback Tarean Austin went around right end from 17 yards out with 6:38 left in the game.
The Wolf Pack also scored a defensive touchdown when Marlon Johnson scooped up a Deon Long fumble and returned it 25 yards for a score to make it 21-0 in the first quarter.
With the win, Nevada saw its record improve to 3-3 on the year … The win moved Nevada’s all-time record to 506-438-33 and Hall of Fame Coach Chris Ault saw his record move to 222-100-1 … Senior Lampford Mark had just nine carries for 39 yards on the day but he made the most of his time on the field as he scored three touchdowns in the win … It marked the first multi-touchdown of Mark’s career and gave up four touchdowns over the last two games … Nevada got its first defensive score of the season in the first half when Khalid Wooten forced a fumble after a completed pass and safety Marlon Johnson picked up the fumble and returned it 25 yards for the touchdown … It was Nevada’s first fumble return for a touchdown in nearly five years as the last one came Oct. 28, 2006 when Jeremy Engstrom took a fumble back 19 yards for a TD against Louisiana Tech … It was Johnson’s second career touchdown and Nevada’s first defensive score since Wooten’s 90-yard pick-six against New Mexico State in 2010 … Nevada got its first blocked punt in more than two years when Bubba Boudreaux busted through for a block in the first half against the Lobos … It was Nevada’s first blocked punt since Kaelin Burnett got one against Louisiana Tech on Oct. 9, 2009 in Reno … Sophomore Stefphon Jefferson recorded his second straight 100-yard game with 14 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown … Senior wideout Rishard Matthews was held to just four catches for 44 yards but he extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 20 – all 20 games of his career … Matthews also had the longest punt return of the season for the Pack – a 56-yarder in the first quarter – that ended badly as Matthews fumbled near the Pack’s 10-yard line … It was the longest punt return for Nevada since Matthews took one back 67 yards for a touchdown in the bowl game last year … New Mexico won the toss and deferred so Nevada received the opening kickoff and the Lobos defended the South … Chris Barker started his 33rd consecutive game – all 33 games of his career … Senior defensive tackle Zack Madonick saw his first playing time of the season (knee, foot) … Punter Jake Hurst did not play because Nevada did not punt … Nevada’s 338 rushing yards marked a season high.