Nevada Postgame Notes
Nevada Post-Game Notes
Nov. 6, 2010
With the win, No. 23 (BCS) Nevada …
- Improved to 8-1 on the season, 498-435-33 overall (104th season) and 118-95 as an FBS school.
- Coach Chris Ault improved to 214-97-1 in his 26-year career.
- Improved its advantage in the all-time series between the teams to 19-9
SIX IN A ROW VS. VANDALS: With the win, Nevada took its sixth straight victory over Idaho and improved to 19-9 all-time (8-7 in Moscow) against the Vandals. Nevada has not lost to Idaho since the Vandals joined the WAC. Nevada coach Chris Ault improved to 16-4 overall against Idaho in his career and 7-3 in Moscow.
OFFENSE EXPLODES: The Nevada offense shattered a school record with 844 yards of total offense in the game. Nevada had a season-high 391 passing yards and a season-best 453 rushing yards. The previous record for total offense was 794 yards against UNLV in 1993. Nevada did not yield any sacks and did not turn the ball over. The Wolf Pack held the ball for 38:42 in the game (compared to 21:18 for Idaho).
CAREER PASSING DAY FOR KAEPERNICK: Senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick had one of the best passing days of his career on Saturday. Kaepernick completed 20-of-30 for 320 yards with no interceptions and five touchdown passes. The five TDs were a career high, eclipsing his previous single-game best of four (2007 vs. Fresno State; 2008 at La Tech). His five TD passes went to four different receivers.
With the five scores, Kaepernick tied the school record for most TD passes in a career at 78 (tied with Eric Beavers, 1983-86). Kaepernick also moved over the 9,000-yard mark in passing for his career at Nevada. He is the second Wolf Pack quarterback to hit that milestone and the 14th quarterback in WAC history to do so.
TAUA OVER 1,000 FOR SEASON; OVER 4,000 FOR CAREER: Senior Vai Taua became the fourth rusher in Nevada history and the fifth back in WAC history to go over the 4,000-yard mark in his career. Taua entered the game with 3,906 and rushed for 113 yards to give him 4,019 for his career. He has 1,041 for the season – his third straight season over 1,000 yards.
CAREER DAY FOR MATTHEWS: Junior receiver Rishard Matthews was the biggest beneficiary of Kaepernick’s big day. Matthews hauled in a career-high seven catches for a career-high 157 yards and two TD passes. Matthews also scored the first rushing touchdown of his career as he went seven yards on a reverse in the third quarter.
100-YARD GAMES: Nevada had three running backs go over the 100-yard mark against Idaho. Senior Vai Taua and junior Lampford Mark each hit the mark against the Vandals, as did Mike Ball. Nevada now has a nation-leading 41 career 100-yard games by active players.
Taua went over 100 yards (113 yards, no TDs) for the 23rd time in his career, which leads the nation. It was his sixth 100-yard effort of the season. Mark (116, no TDs) hit the mark for the second time of his career (first was 2009 at San Jose State) and first time this season. Ball rushed for 101 yards in the game, his second 100-yard game of his career (vs. UNLV, 2009). This is the first time Nevada had three 100-yard rushers in a game since the Pack had four at San Jose State last season.
SCORE EARLY, SCORE OFTEN: Nevada took the opening kickoff and went down the field 80 yards in 12 plays, scoring with a 28-yard pass from Kaepernick to Anderson. That marked the eighth time in nine games that Nevada scored on its opening drive. Seven of those eight scores have been touchdowns.
Nevada also scored touchdowns in all four quarters for the seventh time this season. Nevada has scored touchdowns in 32 of its 36 quarters played this season.
ET CETERA: Nevada won the toss and elected to receive … Brandon Wimberly caught six passes and extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 22 (all 22 games in his career) … Lampford Mark ripped off a 57-yard in the third quarter, which marked the longest of his career … Nevada played its third turnover-free game of the season offensively … The Pack forced four turnovers (all fumbles), including three on Idaho kickoff returns … Dean Faddis started his second straight game and third of his career … Chris Barker started his 22nd consecutive games (all 22 of his career).
QUARTERBACK CLUB: This week’s Quarterback Club will again be held at Peppermill. Ault will review last week's game and go over game film at each game. He will also introduce players from the team and hold a question and answer session with the fans. The luncheons are open to the public. Doors at the Peppermill will open at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon program begins at noon. Luncheon cost is $17 at the door. The room will be announced the day of the luncheon. The 2010 Quarterback Club Luncheons will be held each Monday following Nevada football games with luncheons scheduled for Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18; and Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
NEXT UP: Nevada will stay on the road when it travels to Fresno State to face the Bulldogs on Saturday night. The game is slated for broadcast on either ESPN or ESPNU with kickoff at 7:30.