Nevada 31, California 24

Date - Saturday, September 1, 2012 3:00 PM
Location - AT&T Park
Attendance - 63186

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Nevada 14 0 7 10 31
California 0 7 10 7 24

Recap


Nevada 31, California 24: Stefphon Jefferson ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns – including the go-ahead score with 36 seconds left – and Nevada upset host California.

Quarterback Cody Fajardo racked up 331 all-purpose yards and added a touchdown run for the Wolfpack (1-0). 

Nevada, which entered as a 12-point underdog, took advantage of California quarterback Zach Maynard’s brief absence and spoiled the Bears’ return to Memorial Stadium.

Maynard, who was benched for nearly a quarter for missing a tutoring appointment, helped California (0-1) rally from a 14-point third-quarter deficit. His 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Harper tied it at 24 with 7:24 to play, but Jefferson’s 2-yard score capped a nine-play, 61-yard drive that gave the Wolfpack the lead for good.

It was just the second win over California in 25 tries for Nevada, which has visions of winning the Mountain West Conference in its inaugural season.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Bears trailed 21-7 late in the third before the momentum started to shift. Keenan Allen scored from 39 yards out on a reverse, then Kameron Jackson recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, leading to a 40-yard field goal from Vincenzo D’Amato. … California played its first game at Memorial Stadium in more than a year. The Bears played in San Francisco last season while renovations totaling $321 million were completed.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 4:34
Nevada   TD  California 0 - Nevada 7
1st Quarter - 0:00
Nevada   TD  California 0 - Nevada 14
2nd Quarter - 4:38
California   TD  California 7 - Nevada 14
3rd Quarter - 6:20
Nevada   TD  California 7 - Nevada 21
3rd Quarter - 5:39
California   TD  California 14 - Nevada 21
3rd Quarter - 4:38
California   FG  California 17 - Nevada 21
4th Quarter - 8:46
Nevada   FG  California 17 - Nevada 24
4th Quarter - 7:24
California   TD  California 24 - Nevada 24
4th Quarter - 0:36
Nevada   TD  California 24 - Nevada 31
TEAMS

Team Records

  Nevada California
W/L 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Nevada California
Score 31 24
First Downs 27 22
3rd Down Efficiency 11-for-20
55%
3-for-14
21%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 474 372
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 55-244 27-117
Average/Rush 4.4 4.3
Passing
Comp-Att 25-32 19-39
Passing Yards 230 255
Average/Pass Play 7.0 6.2
Penalties-Yards 11-110 7-55
Fumbles-Lost 6-1 3-2
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 35:06 24:54

PLAYER STATS

Nevada (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Fajardo 25/32 230 0 0
California (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Maynard 17/30 245 2 0
A. Bridgford 2/9 6 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Jefferson 34 147 4.3 3
C. Fajardo 21 97 4.6 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. Anderson 14 66 4.7 0
K. Allen 2 35 17.5 1
I. Sofele 5 22 4.4 0
B. Bigelow 1 3 3.0 0
Z. Maynard 5 -9 -1.8 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Wimberly 7 83 11.9 0
K. Arendse 3 44 14.7 0
Z. Sudfeld 4 41 10.2 0
A. Bradley 4 40 10.0 0
R. Turner 4 20 5.0 0
S. Jefferson 3 2 0.7 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Allen 6 67 11.2 0
B. Treggs 3 62 20.7 1
C. Harper 5 57 11.4 1
I. Sofele 3 33 11.0 0
J. Wark 1 20 20.0 0
C. Anderson 1 12 12.0 0