Nevada 69

(3-1, 1-0 MW)

Hawaii 24

(1-2, 0-1 MW)

Coverage: NBC Sports Network

10:30 PM ET, September 22, 2012

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

1 2 3 4 T
NEV 14 20 21 1469
HAW 3 14 0 724

Top Performers

Passing: C. Fajardo (NEV) - 220 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: S. Jefferson (NEV) - 31 CAR, 170 YDS, 6 TD

Receiving: J. Ostrowski (HAW) - 7 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

Nevada 69, Hawaii 24

Associated Press

HONOLULU -- For the first time in more than 60 years, the Nevada football team will leave Hawaii feeling some aloha.

Stefphon Jefferson tied an NCAA record by scoring seven touchdowns to lead Nevada in a 69-24 win over Hawaii on Saturday. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak in Honolulu for the Wolf Pack (3-1, 1-0 Mountain West) that dated back to 1948.

It was the first time since 2007 that the home team had won in the series between the two former Western Athletic Conference teams. Both schools left the WAC for the Mountain West Conference in July.

"It was terrific," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "We've lost the last four times we've been here, and I'm the one who has been outspoken about it. ... We were fortunate tonight. I thought we played well on both sides of the ball."

Jefferson, a junior running back, carried 31 times for 170 yards and scored on 3-, 2-, 1-, 5-, 3- and 1-yard runs and added a 55-yard scoring reception.

It was the fourth time a player had seven touchdowns in a game, the first since Oklahoma State's Rashaan Woods did it in 2003. The mark is also a new Mountain West Conference record.

"I really didn't realize that at all," Ault said of Jefferson tying the NCAA record. "What can you say? He played terrific. He caught a couple screens, did a great job with it. Our offensive front did a terrific job up front for him, and Stefphon did a great job finding the holes."

Nevada racked up 575 yards of offense and had 30 first downs. It was 8 of 12 on third downs and 7 of 7 in the red zone.

After a three-and-out on their first drive, the Wolf Pack scored on their next five possessions to build a 34-17 halftime lead. Jefferson, who had 90 yards on 19 rushes at intermission, added a rushing touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters.

Hawaii's defense came in allowing just 62.5 rushing yards per game, but gave up 355 to Nevada. The Wolf Pack averaged 6.3 yards per rush on 56 attempts. It was their 13th straight game with at least one 100-yard rusher.

Sean Schroeder's 36-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Ostrowski pulled Hawaii within 20-17 midway through the second quarter, but Nevada scored 42 unanswered points until a Warriors touchdown in the game's closing minutes.

Cody Fajardo completed 14 of 20 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He had 69 yards rushing and was not sacked.

Fajardo's other TD pass was an 8-yarder to Zach Sudfeld in the third quarter.

Khalid Wooten had a 78-yard interception return for a score early in the fourth quarter, and Nick Hale closed out the scoring with a 52-yard run.

Brock Hekking recorded two of the Wolf Pack's four sacks and forced a fumble.

Schroeder was 22 of 40 for 234 yards with two interceptions. Will Gregory ran for 92 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors (1-2, 0-1).

It was the most points ever allowed by Hawaii at Aloha Stadium and the most in a home game since 1950, when it allowed 74 against Stanford.

"It's just one game. It's a disappointing one," Hawaii coach Norm Chow said. "Obviously, we didn't play as well as we could. Give (Nevada) an awful lot of credit."

Nevada took a 9-8 lead in the all-time series. The 45-point margin of victory is the second-largest in series history. The Wolf Pack beat Hawaii 73-12 in 1948.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs3020
Total Yards575378
3rd Down Conversions8-126-17
4th Down Conversions2-22-4

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD06:41Stefphon Jefferson 55 Yd Pass From Cody Fajardo (Allen Hardison Kick) 70
FG03:36Tyler Hadden 22 Yd 73
TD01:17Stefphon Jefferson 3 Yd Run (Allen Hardison Kick) 143
TD13:46Ryan Hall 19 Yd Pass From Sean Schroeder (Tyler Hadden Kick) 1410
TD11:08Stefphon Jefferson 2 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 2010
TD08:37Jeremiah Ostrowski 36 Yd Pass From Sean Schroeder (Tyler Hadden Kick) 2017
TD05:35Stefphon Jefferson 1 Yd Run (Allen Hardison Kick) 2717
TD02:00Stefphon Jefferson 5 Yd Run (Allen Hardison Kick) 3417
TD10:34Stefphon Jefferson 3 Yd Run (Allen Hardison Kick) 4117
TD04:54Zach Sudfeld 8 Yd Pass From Cody Fajardo (Allen Hardison Kick) 4817
TD00:14Stefphon Jefferson 1 Yd Run (Allen Hardison Kick) 5517
TD12:47Khalid Wooten 78 Yd Interception Return (Allen Hardison Kick) 6217
TD06:22Will Gregory 4 Yd Run (Tyler Hadden Kick) 6224
TD04:24Nick Hale 52 Yd Run (Allen Hardison Kick) 6924

Research Notes

Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson scored 7 TD against Hawaii (6 rushing, 1 receiving), which ties the major college record for TDs scored against a major college opponent.

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