Nevada And Air Force Set To Me For First Time
Oct. 22, 2012
Coming off a tough overtime loss at home to San Diego State, the Nevada football rebounds this week with a trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the first-ever meeting between the Wolf Pack and the Air Force Falcons … Nevada enters the game with a four-game road winning streak as part of its 6-2 overall record and 3-1 mark in the Mountain West … The Wolf Pack boasts the nation’s leading rusher in junior Stefphon Jefferson (156.0 yards per game) … Nevada’s two losses are by a combined two points and both came at home … This is the first time in the history of Nevada football (since 1898) that Nevada lost two one-point games at home … This will be Nevada’s third appearance on CBS Sports Network … Nevada guard Chris Barker has started 48 straight games – all 48 of his career … Barker and Jeff Nady – the left side of Nevada’s offensive line – have combined to start 79 games in their careers … Nevada receiver Brandon Wimberly has caught a pass in all 35 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.
LAST TIME OUT
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Backup quarterback Adam Dingwell threw three touchdown passes and a two-point conversion in overtime that gave San Diego State a 39-38 victory over Nevada on Saturday.
Subbing for starter Ryan Katz, who went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter, Dingwell completed 14 of 23 passes for 177 yards.
After Nevada (6-2, 3-1 Mountain West) went up 38-31 in overtime on a 3-yard TD pass from Cody Fajardo to Brandon Wimberly, the Aztecs needed two plays to pull to within 38-37, scoring on a 21-yard pass from Dingwell to Gavin Escobar. The Aztecs elected to go for the win and Dingwell sealed it with a pass to Rob Andrews in the corner of the end zone for the successful two-point conversion.
San Diego State (5-3, 3-1) trailed 31-28 and tied it on a 35-yard field goal by Chance Marden as time expired in regulation to force overtime.
Fajardo completed 29 of 40 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns for Nevada. Two of the touchdowns were to Wimberly, who finished with 10 catches for 132 yards. Fajardo also rushed for a touchdown, a 5-yard keeper that put the Wolf Pack up 17-6 with 8:43 left in the third quarter.
Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, the nation's leading rusher finished with 108 yards on 32 carries, and a 1-yard touchdown run that put Nevada up 31-21 with 7:46 left in the game.
Nevada led 10-6 at halftime, scoring on a 10-yard pass from Fajardo to Aaron Bradley with 5 seconds left in the first half.
Oct. 20, 2012
With the overtime loss to San Diego State, Nevada moved to 516-443-33 all-time and Hall of Fame Coach Chris Ault saw his record go to 232-105-1 … Nevada is now 6-2 overall on the season and 3-1 in its first season in the Mountain West Conference … Nevada won the toss and deferred to the second half … SDSU received the opening kickoff and Nevada defended the north goal to start the game … Nevada opened in a double-tight end set (Sudfeld and Arendse) with Richy Turner and Brandon Wimberly starting at receiver … Chris Barker started his 48th straight game, all 48 games of his career … For the third straight week, Nevada started the same combination in the secondary as the previous week (Wooten, Johnson, Williams and Garrett) after six weeks to open the year with six different combinations … Nevada had four sacks in the game … The Wolf Pack also broke up five passes … Nevada eclipsed the 30-point mark for the eighth-straight game and the Wolf Pack scored in all four quarters and overtime … Kicker Allen Hardison connected on a 36-yarder and is now 6-of-7 on the year … San Diego State now leads the all-time series 3-2.
WIMBERLY FINDS PAYDIRT
Entering last week’s game against San Diego State, Nevada wide receiver Brandon Wimberly was on a scoring draught of large proportions. Wimberly had not scored a TD since the Pack’s appearance in the 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 of that year. But when he caught a 3-yard TD pass on a fade route in the third quarter against San Diego State, that streak came to an end. In all, it was a span of 1,031 days between scores for Wimberly and a stretch of 83 straight receptions without a score in between.
Wimberly didn’t wait long for his second score – he caught Nevada’s touchdown pass in overtime on another 3-yard pass from Fajardo.
It was part of a career night for Wimberly, who had a career-high 10 catches for 132 yards – just three yards off his career high of 135 set earlier this year against Texas State. It was the most receptions by a Nevada player since Rishard Matthews had 12 in a game last year against Idaho.
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