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Wolf Pack Knocks Off Fresno State 45-38

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University of Nevada Release
Nevada 45       Fresno State 38


FOUR STRAIGHT OVER BULLDOGS: With the win, Nevada won its fourth straight over Fresno State and narrowed the gap in the all]time series 24]18]1. The Wolf Pack's last loss in the series came in 2007. Theteams will resume the rivalry next year in the Mountain West.

BALL RETURNS WITH A VENGEANCE: After missing the UNLV game and playing sparingly against New Mexico due to an ankle injury, Mike Ball returned the starting lineup and had one of the best games of his career. Ball rushed 26 times for 198 yards and one touchdown and also caught two passes for 18 yards and another score. He ripped off Nevada's two longest runs by a running back this year with a 35]yarder and a 41]yarder.

SPECIAL TEAMS STANDOUT: Senior Rishard Matthews gave Nevada a special teams boost in the first quarter as the punt returner put Nevada's first touchdown on the board with an 86]yard return for a score. It was the second punt return TD of his career and Nevada's first since Matthews took one back against Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Game.

SPECIAL TEAMS STANDOUT, PART TWO: Nevada's second special team standout of the day was senior Bubba Boudreaux, who recovered a Fresno State fumbled punt in the end zone for Nevada's second special teams score of the game. It was the second straight game that Boudreaux made a big special teams play as he blocked a punt last week against New Mexico.

SPECIAL TEAMS STANDOUT, PART THREE: Kicker Allen Hardison connected on three field goals for the Pack for the second time in his brief career. He hit a pair of three]pointers from 22 yards out in the first quarterback before connecting from 48 yards just before halftime. That marked Nevada's longest field goal since Brett Jaekle hit from 50 yards against UNLV in September of 2007.

MORE ON MATTHEWS: The senior wideout had his fourth 100]yard receiving game of the season and sixth of his career with seven catches for 148 yards. Matthews had a pair of long receptions early in the game, including a 58]yarder. He has now caught a pass in all 21 games of his career.

FAJARDO SHINES: Senior quarterback Cody Fajardo had perhaps the best game of his young career with 313 yards on 19]of 27 passing to go along with 61 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

EXTRA POINTS: Fresno State won the coin toss and deferred to the second half while Nevada received the opening kickoff and defended the north goal … Nevada played just its second game of the year without a turnover … The Pack is the lone undefeated team in the WAC and the only team that controls its own destiny for a WAC Championship … Senior Shane Anderson set a career high with 90 yards on six

With the win, Nevada saw its record improve to 4]3 on the year. The win moved Nevada's all]time record to 507]438]33 and Hall of Fame Coach Chris Ault saw his record move to 223]100]1.

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