Saturday, September 6, 2014

Purdue Falls to Central Michigan 38-17

Cooper Rush threw two touchdown passes and Thomas Rawls ran for two more scores Saturday, giving Central Michigan a surprising 38-17 victory at Purdue.
The Chippewas (2-0) beat a Big Ten foe for the second time in three seasons and improved to 6-23 against teams currently in the conference.

Purdue (1-1) failed to get its first 2-0 start since 2007 and still hasn't opened a season with back-to-back wins over Football Bowl Subdivision opponents since 2005.

Brandon Greer's 57-yard interception return made it 7-0 less than 5 minutes into the game. Two minutes later, Anthony Rice broke a tackle and scored on a 65-yard catch-and-run to make it 14-0.

Purdue closed to 14-7 on Danny Etling's 4-yard TD run, but the Chippewas took advantage of Frankie Williams' ejection with Rawls' 2-yard run late in the first half to make it 21-7. The Boilermakers couldn't get closer than 21-10 the rest of the way.

Rawls ran 31 times for 155, while Rush finished 11 of 16 for 172 yards with one interception.

Receiver Titus Davis, last season's team MVP, sat out with a sprained left knee, and punter Ron Coluzzi departed after the second series of the game with a likely concussion. Coluzzi's absence also cost the Chippewas their placekicker and kickoff specialist.

But it didn't matter because Central Michigan took advantage of the mistake-prone Boilermakers.

Three Purdue penalties wiped out solid returns, costing them field position. They lost Williams, their best defensive player, on a targeting penalty. They had a fourth-down conversion erased when they were called for an illegal substitution, which forced Purdue to try a 47-yard field goal that sailed wide left. And that was just in the first half.

Those problems, coupled with two interceptions, a late quarterback change, a handful of big Central Michigan offensive plays was a recipe for disaster for Purdue.

Nothing went right for the Boilers, who came away with no points after taking over at the Chippewas 47-yard line in the first half and managed only a 42-yard field goal after taking over at the Central Michigan 29 early in the second half. That made it 21-10.

But then came another big mistake - Ra'Zahn Howard was called for illegal hands to the face, a personal foul tacked onto the end of a 14-yard run by Rawls. Six plays later, Rush hooked up with Ben McCord on an 11-yard TD pass to make it 28-10 with 7:03 left in the third quarter.

Freshman Ja'Whaun Bentley gave Purdue one last chance after picking off Rush and returning the ball to the Central Michigan 23. Coach Darrell Hazell then pulled Etling, who was 17 of 32 for 126 yards with two interceptions. Backup Austin Appleby hooked up with Danny Anthrop for a touchdown pass on the next play to make it 31-17.

But the Chippewas closed it out with Rawls' second TD run.

Penn State Takes Down Akron, 21-3, in Home Opener

Christian Hackenberg threw for three touchdowns and 319 yards and Penn State was able to overcome its own offensive inconsistency to beat Akron 21-3 on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions (2-0) totaled 425 yards total offense but two interceptions and a fumble kept Akron (1-1) within reach until late in the game.

The game featured 82 passes and 527 passing yards as opposed to just 175 on the ground. Akron's Kyle Pohl was 24 of 46 for 208 yards but the Zips were unable to hit anything deep against the Nittany Lions.

Ahead just 7-3 with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter and facing a 3rd-and-25 from his 31, Hackenberg hooked up with Eugene Lewis for 28 yards into Akron territory, and he hit Lewis again over the middle on another third-down play to Akron's 18.

Belton took a direct snap and under pressure floated a pass toward Hackenberg that fell incomplete, but Hackenberg then rifled a 13-yard scoring pass to Jesse James for a 14-3 lead. James bulled his way in from the 2-yard line carrying two Zip defenders.

Penn State attempted to establish control by forcing an Akron punt and running the wildcat offense with consecutive direct snaps to Akeel Lynch, the leading rusher with 45 yards on seven carries.

With a third-and-8 from Akron's 27, Hackenberg made the Akron defensive front jump off sides two straight plays and the Lions set up at the Zips' 17. But a Hackenberg floater toward Lewis was picked off by Akron's Bre' Ford and returned to Penn State's 47.

The game turned again when Akron failed to pick up less than a yard on fourth down when linebacker Brandon Bell and defensive end C.J. Olaniyan stopped Conor Hundley for a 2-yard loss.

Akron was guilty of a facemask call on Penn State's first play and Hackenberg found James on a 44-yard touchdown strike to push the lead to 21-3.

Akron tried to cling to life with a 15-play drive that covered 67 yards and featured eight Pohl completions but ended at Penn State's 13 with four straight incompletions.

Both teams moved the ball in opening quarter, Akron cruising downfield 60 yards on its initial possession off quick, drop-back passes from Pohl. But Pohl threw away a first-and-goal pass and was sacked on successive plays by Penn State's Anthony Zettel and Jordan Lucas. Kicker Tom O'Leary missed a 31-yard field goal.

One series later, Penn State's Hackenberg found Lewis open for 20 yards, DaeSean Hamilton for 15 more and capped it off with an audible and pump-fake that found Belton wide open down the left sideline for a 22-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Ameer to the Rescue

Ameer Adbullah turned a short pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. into a 58-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left to send No. 19 Nebraska to 2-0 with a 31-24 win over McNeese State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers, who notched their NCAA-record 335th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium, were facing a 3rd-and-6 with the game tied against the FCS power Cowboys with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. Armstrong, who finished 16-for-31 for 242 yards and two touchdowns through the air, hit Abdullah in the flat short of the marker and gave the senior All-America candidate a chance to make a play.

And what a play he made.

After turning upfield and heading for the McNeese State sideline, Abdullah made a Cowboy miss, cut back toward the middle of the field and then broke free from a pair of Cowboy tacklers. He outran several Cowboys to open space in the middle of the field, then sprinted to the end zone for the game-winning score on a career-long reception.

The Cowboys had done a good job of keeping Abdullah contained throughout the day, but Abdullah's final touch was enough for the win.

After rushing for more than 200 yards in a season-opening win over Florida Atlantic last week, Abdullah was limited to just 54 yards and one rushing touchdown on 17 carries against MSU. However, he added three receptions out of the backfield for a career-high 98 yards. He added 34 yards on a fourth-quarter kickoff return to finish the day with 184 all-purpose yards.

Armstrong led the Husker rushing attack with a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries to lead a Nebraska ground game that finished with 195 yards. NU finished with 437 yards of total offense.

McNeese State finished with 338 total yards, including 178 rushing and 160 passing, but it was a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter to set the tone for the game for the Cowboys.

The interception return for a touchdown by MSU's Aaron Sam was a school-record play for the Cowboys and the second-longest interception return in history against the Huskers. The play also ended a drive inside the NU 5 that could have put NU up 21-7.

McNeese State took an early 7-0 lead on a Derrick Milton nine-yard first-quarter run. Armstrong and the Huskers answered on the ensuing drive with a 40-yard touchdown strike to Jordan Westerkamp with 6:44 left in the opening period. Westerkamp finished his day with four receptions for 61 yards.

After a defensive stop by the Blackshirts, NU headed to the second quarter with a 14-7 lead following a two-yard Abdullah run with 3:00 minutes left in the first.

The defensive kept the Cowboys at bay again and Nebraska sprinted into the red zone on a long run by Armstrong, before he threw his first interception of the season to tie the score at 14.

Despite the major momentum swing, Armstrong and the Huskers responded with a 12-play, 82-yard drive capped by his one-yard touchdown plunge to take a 21-14 lead to the halftime locker room.

In a third quarter dominated by both defenses, freshman place-kicker Drew Brown connected on a 31-yard field goal with 3:51 left in the period to push NU's margin to 24-14.

McNeese State refused to fold, answering with a one-yard touchdown run by Tyler Bolfing to cap a 12-play, 83-yard drive and pull the Cowboys within 24-21.

Nebraska's offense continued to struggle in the fourth quarter and the Cowboys capitalized to tie the score on Alex Kjellsten's 24-yard field goal with 4:21 left. Kjellsten's kick capped a 14-play, 88-yard drive that consumed 6:06 of the fourth quarter clock.

Following Abdullah's 58-yard dash, the Cowboys started deep in their own territory with 14 seconds left and next crossed midfield as Corey Cooper intercepted Bolfing on the the final play of the game to seal a Nebraska victory.

The Huskers hit the road for the first time next Saturday, when they head to California to battle Fresno State. Kickoff between the Big Red and the Bulldogs is set for 9:30 p.m. (CT) with live national television coverage by CBS College Sports.

Lunt's Career Day Leads Fighting Illini to 42-34 Victory

Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt threw for three touchdowns and Taylor Barton returned an interception for a late score to secure a comeback win over Western Kentucky Saturday, 42-34.
Lunt was 35 of 50 with one interception for the Illini (2-0).

Barton picked off Hilltopper quarterback Brandon Doughty in the fourth quarter for a 77-yard touchdown that put Illinois up 35-27.

Hilltopper running back Leon Allen finished with 118 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Doughty was 28 of 48 for 297 yards, a touchdown and the interception.

Illinois wide receiver Justin Hardee caught six balls for 110 yards and one touchdown.

The undefeated start for Illinois looks good in the standings, and Lunt had a big day.

Illinois trailed the Hilltoppers 17-17 in the second quarter and, after taking a 21-17 lead in the third quarter, gave it right back with a big turnover, a 95-yard fumble return by Western Kentucky cornerback Wonderful Terry.

The good news, aside from the win itself? An Illinois defense that hadn't forced a turnover in two-plus games dating to last season had three Saturday. All of them led to points, but none was bigger than Barton's fourth-quarter interception.

The Illini were up 28-27 with less than 11 minutes to play, but Western Kentucky had the ball at the Illinois 30-yard line and was moving the ball with ease.

Doughty looked over the middle and threw deep for a receiver, apparently never seeing Barton standing between him and his target.

Barton pulled down the pick, cut left and was quickly past the last Hilltopper for a 77-yard touchdown return and a 35-27 lead.

The Illini hadn't returned an interception for a touchdown since September 2012, early in coach Tim Beckman's first season in Champaign.

After throwing for more than 500 yards against Bowling Green a week earlier, Doughty grabbed the headlines coming into the game. But Allen was the hammer Western Kentucky used to pound down the Illini early Saturday.

Allen was the big reason the Hilltoppers were able to turn a big defensive stand late in the first quarter into a 99-yard touchdown drive that silenced the Memorial Stadium crowd, stunned Illinois and gave Western Kentucky the lead.

After holding Illinois four times inside its own 6-yard line, including the stop on fourth down at the goal line that gave them the ball, the Hilltoppers started pushing their way up field.

Allen carried the ball nine times for 36 yards and caught two passes during the 18-play, 5:58 drive. His last carry was the 1-yard touchdown run that, with the extra point, gave Western Kentucky a 10-7 lead.

A 16-yard touchdown pass from Doughty to Tyler Higbee 7 minutes later gave the Hilltoppers a 17-7 edge with 4:15 left the first half.

Tigers Cruise Past SC State 73-7

In the home opener, the No. 23 Clemson Tigers faced another type of Bulldog in SC State, looking to bounce back from last week’s game in Athens, and the Tigers didn’t disappoint, cruising to a 73-7 victory.

Clemson finished the day with 735 total yards of offense, while holding SC State to just 44 total yards of offense, with the defense not giving up an offensive touchdown. The Tigers’ 73 points on offense were the most by Clemson since scoring 82 points against Wake Forest in 1981.

“This was a great win and I’m proud of our team today,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “We had to respond after last week and I think we did, and that’s what matters. The coaches, the support staff and the players - everyone put forth the effort we needed today.”

On offense, Clemson moved the ball effectively, finishing with 268 rushing yards and 467 passing yards. Both quarterbacks had efficient games, as Cole Stoudt finished the day with 302 passing yards and a touchdown along with a passer rating of 163.4. In his first game in Death Valley, Deshaun Watson finished with 154 passing yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 342.6. Watson’s first game in Death Valley was all he could really ask for.

“It was great," said Watson. "Seeing all the orange in the stands and all the fans and Clemson Family support, and then running down the Hill with all my brothers for the first time was a great experience.”

In regard to Watson’s performance against SC State, Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris liked what he saw out of the offense today and praised Watson’s progress and poise on the field, while also highlighting the Tigers still have two good quarterbacks to work with.

“You’ve got a great competition going on, and Cole is our starter, but that’s a pleasure to have right now. We obviously know where Deshaun is, and he is the future down the road in years to come, but we're excited about Cole as well.”

The performances by other freshmen did not go unnoticed, as fans saw plenty of potential from more than just Watson. Wide Receiver Artavis Scott finished the day with six receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns, passing both Aaron Kelly and Sammy Watkins in single-game receiving yards as a freshman. The previous record was set by Kelly against Temple in 2006 and Watkins in 2011 against Auburn.

“It’s a good accomplishment for me," said Scott. "I’m excited and I was blessed and thankful for it, but I know we have to handle more things than that."

Scott also stated that the offense’s performance today will be good momentum heading into the bye week before hitting the road to Tallahasse against Florida State.

“It’s going to keep building our momentum, practice is going to be high intensity like we’ve been doing and when this game comes it’s going to be a big week for us, and we’re going to be ready when it comes. Coming back out, we don’t want to get complacent. We want to keep doing the same thing we’re doing, just moving the ball and keeping them on their heels and moving forward and building and building.”

The Tigers got the job done in the running game as well as the passing game. Wayne Gallman led all rushers for the Tigers with 10 carries for 77 yards. Gallman made the most of his opportunites and didn’t let his chance get away from him.

“I had a lot of fun today, and I think it was just the beginning of something new,” stated Gallman. “I think we have a whole lot more in store. The offensive line did a great job getting their blocks today.”

Gallman was not the only freshman back to see his first extended game action. Adam Choice also logged plenty of snaps on the day, finishing with 12 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown, the first of his Tiger career, while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He also added two catches for 15 yards.

“We gave it our all and everything opened up,” said Choice about the Tigers’ success in the running game. "The offensive line did a great job for us and everything was there, so I believe if we work like that, good things will happen.”

With the win, Swinney and the team’s focus turns to the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles, and Swinney will not sit on this victory for too long.

“This was an excellent win for our program, but we have bigger fish to fry," admitted Swinney. "We’ll regroup here for the next week, a bye week, but then we’ve got the opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the nation. It’ll be a challenge, but we’re looking forward to it. I’m excited for that opportunity.”

Owls Drop Home Opener to Navy, 31-24

A little over a week after Temple lit up Vanderbilt Stadium, the team seemed to dim a little in a 31-24 loss to Navy. The defense could not contain Navy QB Kennan Reynolds and the Midshipmen's explosive offense in the Owls home opener, in front of 28,408 fans.

In their 11th meeting, and the last one with Navy as independent team, the Owls allowed the Midshipmen to rush for 487 yards on 63 carries, while Reynolds was 4-8 for 30 yards and no touch downs in the air. Reynolds also led Navy in rushing, with 21 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

For the Owls, the game started off strong, as Sharif Finch was able to force a fumble during Navy's first possession and recover the ball in the end zone. That play gave the Owls their second defensive touchdown of the season, which doubles the amount the team had last year. Finch also had another fumble recovery in the second quarter.

On the ground, the Owls were able to rack up 156 yards, with Walker leading the herd, with 13 carries for 71 yards. Walker also went 29-49 and threw for 240 yards and one touchdown to Romond Deloatch in the very back of the end zone. Originally, the call was that Deloatch was out of bounds, but a review of the play saw the Owls collect a score.

Walker threw his first interception of the season, when his pass was intercepted by Parrish Gaines in the end zone less than a minute left in the first. From that turnover, Navy was able to capitalize and score their second touchdown of the game.

On the receiving end of the ball, Kenny Harper led the team with eight receptions for 64 yards, while also picking up 55 yards with 13 carries. Jalen Fitzpatrick caught five passes for 59 yards and one touchdown. Kickoff returner Khalif Herbin was able to return the ball for 61 yards on four kicks, with his longest being an 18 yarder in the second quarter.

Defensively for the Owls, LB Nate D. Smith led the team with 13 tackles (9 UA-4 A), while LB Tyler Matakevich had 11 solo tackles and a forced fumble. However, the struggles were there for Temple, as they allowed 27 first downs, 24 of which were rushing plays and didn't force a Navy punt until early in the fourth quarter. Reynolds proved to be the "tremendous player" that head coach Matt Rhule described earlier this week.

In total, the Midshipmen had a total of 517 offensive yards, which is almost double what Temple allowed in week 1 at Vanderbilt. Navy also had three fumbles, all of which were recovered by Temple. On their second field goal attempt, K Nick Sloan missed wide right from the Temple 26-yard line, which allowed the Owls to try and get down the field to tie the game before the quarter ended.

For the Owls, freshman P Alex Starzyk had another set of great numbers, as he had three punts of over 50 yards, with one being 62 yards. The special teams continued to be consistent, as freshmen K Austin Jones made three PATs and one field goal from 28 yards. Last week at Vanderbilt, Starzyk had a 58 yard punt and Jones was the leading scorer with 10 points (two field goals and four PATs).

Temple went four of five in fourth-down conversions and scoring in three of their four trips to the end zone. The team, however, committed six penalties for 56 yards. The Owls only had one fumble, which was committed by OL Brendan McGowan as the Owls attempted to score with laterals with no time left in the game.

With this game, CB Anthony Robey's consecutive start streak ended. As one of the eight seniors on the team, Robey had started the last 25 games. The series with Navy is now 6-5 in favor of the Midshipmen. Both Navy and Temple are 1-1 on the season.

The Owls will not see game action next week, with the first of their three byes. The resume play at home against Delaware State on September 20.

Tulsa Falls to Fourth-Ranked Oklahoma, 52-7

The fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners claimed a 52-7 victory against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in front of 29,357 fans Saturday afternoon at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
The Sooners out-gained Tulsa for the game, 580-328, but in the second half TU tallied 288 yards to OU's 184 yards.

Tulsa came out of halftime and took the second-half kickoff 75 yards in 3:18 for the only Hurricane touchdown of the game, cutting the Sooners lead to 31-7. Quarterback Dane Evans completed 4-of-6 passes for 46 yards on that drive including the final four yards to Keevan Lucas for the touchdown.

Oklahoma responded on its next possession and went 69 yards in six plays as Keith Ford ran the final 23 yards for the score. On Tulsa's next possession, Oklahoma's Geneo Grissom took an interception 38 yards to give the Sooners a 45-7 lead with 8:32 left on the third quarter clock.

In the third period, Tulsa out-gained the Sooners 152-139. Evans tossed for 106 of his 204 total yards in the third quarter, while James Flanders collected 29 of his team-leading 54 rushing yards in the period. For the second straight game, Lucas tallied double digit receptions, catching 10 passes for 84 yards and the score. He has four touchdown catches in two games.

OU went ahead 52-7 at the 14:56 mark of the fourth period after marching 99 yards in 10 plays and capping the drive on a 15-yard Trevor Knight to Sterling Shepard completion.

The Sooners wasted little time in putting the first points on the scoreboard, starting the day with a three-play, 81-yard drive as Keith Ford ran the final seven yards for the score. A 54-yard pass play on the first snap put the Sooners at the Tulsa 27-yard line.

Oklahoma scored on its third possession with a 31-yard Trevor Knight run capping a six-play, 72-yard run at the 6:35 mark of the first period. The Sooners added their third score of the first quarter after a 12-play, 81-yard drive as Knight connected with Blake Bell on a three-yard touchdown toss for a 21-0 lead.

Michael Hunnicutt added a 38-yard field goal for Oklahoma at the 12:04 mark of the second period.

After a Tulsa fumble stopped a Hurricane drive that reached the Oklahoma 10-yard line, OU's Alex Ross ran 82 yards on the first play to put the Sooners ahead 31-0 with 6:13 remaining in the first half.

The Sooners showed their first-half dominance, outgaining the Hurricane 396 to 95, while 211 came through the air and 185 yards on the ground.

Tulsa goes on the road next week for another non-conference game in the first-ever meeting against Florida Atlantic. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT, and is set to be televised on Fox College Sports.

Foxx Punt Return Helps UConn Top Stony Brook, 19-16

University of Connecticut senior wide receiver Deshon Foxx (Lynchburg, Va.) had a 72-yard punt return a touchdown in the third quarter to help lead the Husky football team to a 19-16 win over Stony Brook on Saturday at Rentschler Field before a crowd of 23,543.

The win improves UConn to 1-1 on the season and gives Husky head coach Bob Diaco his first career college head coaching win. Stony Brook falls to 0-2 on the season.

UConn redshirt senior wide receiver Geremy Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) caught six passes for 113 yards and a 30-yard touchdown and moved into seventh place on the Huskies all-time receiving list with 1,980 career yards.

"It took us 10 weeks last year just to get one win," Davis said. "A win is a win. These guys fought hard -- defense, offense and special teams."

The Seawolves, from the powerful Colonial Athletic Association, led much of the first half and trailed just 12-10 at halftime.

Foxx gave UConn a 19-10 lead in the third quarter when he grabbed a 61-yard Luke Allen punt that had bounced over his head, turned left, then reversed field and found a seam down the middle.

"He definitely outkicked his coverage," Foxx. "I got a lucky bounce and when I was turning around I noticed that I had a whole lot of field to work with, so I just did what I can do and I had great blockers."

Stony Brook, which outgained UConn 300 yards to 223, put together a 14-play, 88-yard drive in the fourth quarter, capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Conor Bednarski to Will Tye. The Seawolves failed to recover an onside kick and could not move the ball after getting in back in the final minute deep in their own territory.

UConn opened the game with a five-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a 42-yard field goal from redshirt sophomore Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.), who added a 27-yarder in the second quarter.

Stony Brook took a 7-3 first-quarter lead after a punt pinned UConn on its own one-yard line. Safety Max Martinez then stripped the ball and Naim Cheeseboro recovered in the end zone.

The Seawolves added another field goal late in the quarter after a UConn fumble, giving Stony Brook the ball at the Husky 20-yard line The Huskies had just 63 yards of offense before putting together a 70-yard drive late in the second quarter that put UConn up to stay.

Redshirt senior quarterback Chandler Whitmer (Newnan, Ga.) found Davis in the right corner of the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was blocked. Whitmer completed 12 of 27 passes for 142 yards. He also was the Huskies leading rusher with 52 yards on 13 carries.

UConn was also were helped by their kicking game. Puyol's first field goal was the longest of his career and redshirt freshman punter Justin Wain (Wilmington, N.C.) averaged 41.8 yards on nine punts. Stony Brook was forced to start six second-half drives inside its own 20-yard line.

"The team today showed a lot of grit and grind," said Diaco. "Our brotherhood shined through. Our culture shined through."

The Huskies return to action next Saturday at noon when they play host to Boise State at noon at Rentschler Field. The game will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

Mustangs Fall At North Texas

Reggie Pegram rushed 21 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, and Jarrian Roberts had a 31-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown to lead North Texas to a 43-6 win over SMU.

Pegram's and Roberts' scores came in a 20-point second quarter for the Mean Green (1-1) that included two short field goals by Trevor Moore.

Kolney Cassel threw for 134 yards on 11-of-21 passing and one touchdown to lead SMU. Wideout Der'rikk Thompson caught 6 passes for 74 yards, while Nate Halverson recorded four grabs for 65 yards and a touchdown reception as the fourth quarter came to a close.

The Mustangs are back in action Saturday, Sept. 20 when they host Texas A&M at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Kickoff is still TBA.

Cougars Lose at Nevada, 24-13

Don Jackson ran for two touchdowns and Nevada's defense allowed a lone field goal in the second half Friday night as the Wolf Pack beat Washington State 24-13.

Cody Fajardo passed for 110 yards and ran for another 100 to join Colin Kaepernick as one of only three players in school history to surpass 10,000 career yards of total offense for Nevada (2-0).

Connor Halliday passed for 389 yards but only one touchdown and was intercepted twice for the Cougars (0-2). In two games, he's completed 78-of-113 attempts for 921 yards, but doesn't have a win to show for it after dropping the opener to Rutgers, 41-38.

Nevada never trailed after Kendall Jackson returned an interception 45 yards to set up fellow freshman Don Jackson's 1-yard score late in the first quarter. Jackson also ran 2 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and finished with 69 yards rushing.

The Wolf Pack held Washington State to 38 yards rushing on 18 carries and sacked Halliday four times to claim only their third victory over a Pac-12 team in the past 10 years, after beating Cal in 2010 and 2012.

Nevada opened a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter when James Butler scored from the 1 after Fajardo got loose on a keeper up the middle for 55 yards.

Duran Workman intercepted Halliday on the next series but after that Halliday led the Cougars on their only touchdown drive, going 80 yards on five plays. The drive was capped by Holliday's 13-yard TD pass to Vince Mayle to cut the lead to 14-7 midway through the second quarter.

Erik Powell's 25-yard field goal made it 14-10 with 1:54 left before halftime.

However, Powell missed a 37-yard attempt on WSU's first drive of the second half and was wide right again on a 39-yard try with 2:49 left in the third quarter.

Fajardo then led Nevada on a 14-play, 79-yard drive, capped by Jackson's 2-yard TD run to go ahead 21-10 with 12:15 left in the game.

Jamal Morrow returned the ensuing kickoff 36 yards to WSU's 40 and Halliday passed 19 yards to Vince Mayle before coach Mike Leach turned to Quentin Breshears to kick a 38-yard field goal to cut it to 21-13 with 9:32 remaining.

Howver, on the next series, Fajardo hit Hasaan Henderson with a 21-yard pass over the middle and Brent Zuzo made a 40-yard field goal to put Nevada ahead 24-13 with 4:25 left.

Kaepernick, now with the San Francisco 49ers, holds Nevada's career record for total offense with 14,210 yards (2007-10) and David Neill is second with 11,145 (1998-01).

Jackson, Fajardo lead Nevada to victory over Wash. St., 24-13

Don Jackson ran for two touchdowns and Nevada's defense allowed a lone field goal in the second half Friday night as the Wolf Pack beat Washington State 24-13.
Cody Fajardo passed for 110 yards and ran for another 100 to join Colin Kaepernick as one of only three players in school history to surpass 10,000 career total offense yards for Nevada (2-0).
Connor Halliday passed for 389 yards but only one touchdown and was intercepted twice for the Cougars (0-2).
Nevada never trailed after freshman Kendall Jackson returned an interception 45 yards to set up Jackson's 1-yard score late in the first quarter. Jackson also ran 2 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and finished with 69 yards rushing.