FACTS AND FIGURES
Where: Reno (227,511)
Colors: Navy blue and silver
Nickname: Wolf Pack
Record: 7-4, 4-3 Mountain West
Last game: Defeated New Mexico 31-24 on Nov. 17 in Albuquerque
Chris Ault is 233-107-1 in 28 seasons spread across three tenures at Nevada. He was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 but likely will be best remembered for what hes done since then. He returned to the sideline in 2004 and rejuvenated a sagging football program inventing the pistol offense and leading the Pack to a landmark 13-1 record and WAC co-championship in 2010.
The Wolf Packs high-powered attack has returned to its consistently productive ways this season after a down year in 2011. They have scored at least 30 points in every game to rank 16th in the nation with 38.5 points per game. They also generate 509.5 yards per game, which ranks 10th, and 263 rushing yards per game, which ranks seventh.
Sophomore quarterback Cody Fajardo, who didnt play against Boise State last year, is third in the conference in pass efficiency with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also is seventh in rushing at 90 yards per game.
Junior tailback Stefphon Jefferson also is dynamic, ranking second in the nation with 142.2 rushing yards per game and tied for third with 126 points (21 TDs).
Defense has been the Achilles heel of the Nevada program and it is again this year. The Pack have allowed at least 30 points six times this season, including 40 points per game over the past five games. The rushing defense ranks 111th at 213 yards per game. The pass defense hasnt produced turnovers (four interceptions) but ranks second in the Mountain West in holding opponents to a 54.2 completion rate.
Senior punt returner Khalid Wooten ranks second in the nation with a 16.4-yard average. He doesnt have a touchdown, but has frequently produced long returns. The kickoff unit ranks last in the Mountain West and the punt team is seventh, so there could be some opportunities for the Broncos to make a big play there. Kicker Allen Hardison missed the Packs last game with an injury. He is 7-of-8 on field goals and 47-of-48 on PATs this season.
DID YOU KNOW?
The winning team has scored 30 points or more in every Boise State-Nevada game since the Wolf Pack won 17-14 in 1991 in Reno.
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