Scores

Final

Nevada 31

(1-0, 1-0 away)

California 24

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: Pac-12 Network

3:00 PM ET, September 1, 2012

Memorial Stadium (Berkeley, CA), Berkeley, CA

1 2 3 4 T
NEV 14 0 7 1031
CAL 0 7 10 724

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Maynard (CAL) - 245 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: S. Jefferson (NEV) - 34 CAR, 147 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: B. Wimberly (NEV) - 7 REC, 83 YDS

Nevada spoils California's stadium reopening 

Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Stefphon Jefferson ran for 145 yards and scored his third touchdown with 36 seconds remaining as Nevada spoiled the reopening of Memorial Stadium by beating California 31-24 on Saturday.

Cody Fajardo completed 25 of 32 passes for 230 yards and added 97 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (1-0), who put a damper on what was supposed to be a celebratory day for the Golden Bears in their first on-campus game in 21 months.

Fajardo engineered the winning drive by throw a 14-yard pass to Zach Sudfeld on third-and-4 from the Cal 38 and a 19-yarder to Brandon Wimberly that set up Jefferson's winning score.

Quarterback Zach Maynard returned after being benched for the first three series as punishment for missing a tutoring session earlier this summer to throw two touchdown passes for Cal (0-1). But he also lost a fumble deep in Nevada territory in the fourth quarter as the Bears lost at home to Nevada for the second time in 25 tries and first since 1903.

The Wolf Pack had beaten Cal just once before winning 52-31 two years ago at home behind star quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Fajardo was nearly as effective this game. Fajardo helped Nevada break out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and then led three second-half scoring drives to give the Wolf Pack the win.

Cal appeared to seize the momentum in the third quarter when Keenan Allen answered Jefferson's second touchdown run with an elusive 39-yard score on a reverse.

Khalid Wooten fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but Cal had to settle for a field goal by Vincenzo D'Amato that cut the lead to 21-17. Maynard then fumbled at the Nevada 21 at the end of a scramble early in the fourth quarter.

The Bears did tie the game later in the fourth on a 13-yard TD pass to Chris Harper but could never take the lead.

The day got off to a festive start as Cal held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen Memorial Stadium, which underwent a $321 million seismic retrofit and renovation. The Bears returned home after playing last season's games across the bay at the San Francisco Giants home of AT&T Park.

Highlights of the facility include a new outdoor plaza, luxury suites and press box and a refurbished Romanesque facade from the original 1923 structure. Everything but the outer facade and the seating bowl on the east side of the stadium was rebuilt from the ground up to make the stadium, which rests on an earthquake fault running almost directly between the goal posts, safer and more modern.

There wasn't much to celebrate early for the sellout crowd of 63,186 as the offense sputtered behind backup Allan Bridgford, who completed one of his seven passes and the defense once again struggled against Nevada's pistol offense.

Fajardo converted on fourth-and-inches on Nevada's second drive to set up Jefferson's 2-yard TD run and then went 49 yards on a keeper on the final play of the first quarter to make it 14-0.

Maynard led the Bears to a score on his third drive in the game, connecting on a 37-yard TD pass to freshman Bryce Treggs but D'Amato missed a 31-yard field goal wide left in final minute of half as Cal went to the half down 14-7.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NEV
CAL
1st Downs2722
Total Yards450365
Passing230255
Rushing220110
Penalties11-1107-55
3rd Down Conversions11-203-14
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers12
Possession35:0624:54

Passing Leaders

NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fajardo25/322307.200
CaliforniaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Maynard17/302478.220

Rushing Leaders

NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jefferson341474.3317
Fajardo21974.6149
CaliforniaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson14664.7013
Allen33311.0139

Receiving Leaders

NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wimberly78311.9019
Arendse34414.7017
CaliforniaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen56913.8032
Treggs36321.0137

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEVCAL
TD04:34Stefphon Jefferson 2 Yd Run (Allen Hardison Kick) 70
TD00:00Cody Fajardo 49 Yd Run (Allen Hardison Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERNEVCAL
TD04:38Bryce Treggs 37 Yd Pass From Zach Maynard (Vincenzo D'Amato Kick) 147
THIRD QUARTERNEVCAL
TD06:20Stefphon Jefferson 2 Yd Run (Allen Hardison Kick) 217
TD05:39Keenan Allen 39 Yd Run (Vincenzo D'Amato Kick) 2114
FG04:38Vincenzo D'Amato 40 Yd 2117
FOURTH QUARTERNEVCAL
FG08:46Allen Hardison 39 Yd 2417
TD07:24Chris Harper 13 Yd Pass From Zach Maynard (Vincenzo D'Amato Kick) 2424
TD00:36Stefphon Jefferson 2 Yd Run (Allen Hardison Kick) 3124