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Nevada edges New Mexico, snaps 3-game losing streak
by Tribune Staff
Nov 17, 2012 | 3215 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All season long, the Nevada defense has been the weak link for the Wolf Pack. However, in the midst of a three-game losing streak, it was the Silver and Blue defenders that led the way to Nevada's first victory in over a month at New Mexico on Saturday afternoon.

After New Mexico tied the game midway through the third quarter at 24-24, the Wolf Pack defense shut down on the Lobos the rest of the way, allowing the hosts just one of their three second-half first downs over the final 23 minutes of the contest. The performance helped Nevada earn a 31-24 victory.

"How about that 'D' at the end," Nevada coach Chris Ault excitedly said. "We've really been beat up all year as you well know and rightfully so. Those kids played well and came through for us. It was a good game.

"We played good assignment football, and that's what it is. The Air Force game was a fiasco and we were embarrassed by it. I think it was a motivating factor for the coaches and the kids. New Mexico runs that triple option out of the pistol and it's a tough offense. I'm just excited that we won on the road again. The defense played well and the offense found a way to come through."

With the defense was putting the clamps on the Lobos, the Wolf Pack managed just enough on the offensive side of the ball to walk away with the win.

On the Wolf Pack's ensuing possession following the game-tying score, the Nevada offense marched down the field and into the shadow of the end zone. Quarterback Cody Fajardo then threw a 2-yard fade into the corner of the end zone where wide receiver Brandon Wimberly came down with his second score of the game for the 31-24 lead at the 4:02 mark of the third quarter. From there, the defense took over and the one-touchdown advantage held up the rest of the way.

New Mexico (4-8, 1-6 Mountain West) opened the game's scoring with a 20-yard dash by running back by Cole Gautsche just over a minute into the contest. Nevada (7-4, 4-3) responded with a 1-yard plunge from running back Stefphon Jefferson, but the Lobos retaliated with another Gautsche score on a 3-yard dive to leave New Mexico ahead 14-7 with 4:07 left in the first qaurter.

To open the second quarter, Nevada receiver Stephen Jeffers took a 3-yard pass from Fajardo to knot the game again, followed by a 42-yard field by New Mexico's Justus Adams for a 17-14 Lobos advantage.

A fade to Wimberly from three yards out with five minutes until halftime gave Nevada its first lead of the contest at 21-17. A 23-yard field goal from Colin Ditsworth extended the lead to 24-17 with 10:51 on the clock in the third quarter before Nex Mexico tied the game two minutes later.

Fajardo finished the game 18-of-27 passing, throwing for 133 yards and three scores. He also led the Wolf Pack on the ground attack, racking up 186 yards on 20 carries. Jefferson also eclipsed the century mark, totaling 128 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

Nevada will be on a bye before hosting rival Boise State in its regular season finale on December 1.
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