Recap: Nevada vs. Colorado State
Reno, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Garret Grayson threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns as the Colorado State Rams held on to defeat the Nevada Wolf Pack, 31-24, in Mountain West Conference play at Mackay Stadium.
Grayson converted 26-of-36 passing and was sacked once as the Rams (5-1, 1-1 MWC) posted their fourth straight victory. Rashard Higgins was his favorite target as the receiver reeled in 10 passes for a game-high 194 yards and two scores, while Dee Hart posted a game-high 90 yards rushing and scored once on 23 attempts.
Nevada (3-3, 1-2) was led by Cody Fajardo who ended up 27-of-50 for 297 yards and a couple of TDs after a slow start. Jerico Richardson was responsible for 10 receptions for 122 yards, but he also committed a crucial penalty in the final minutes that left the Pack with their second consecutive defeat.
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Rams made the first move on the scoreboard courtesy of a one-yard TD pass from Grayson to Steven Walker at the nine-minute mark. Less than four minutes later CSU's lead grew to 14-0, thanks to a 42-yard TD pass to Higgins. The visitors needed just five plays and 1:47 to move the ball 68 yards and into the end zone.
Later in the second quarter the Rams were given a short field following a Nevada punt, but the visitors could muster only a 33-yard field goal by Jared Roberts to make the score 17-0.
Capping off the final drive of the first half, Nevada moved the ball 72 yards in 10 plays, but was limited to a 21-yard Brent Zuzo field goal as time expired.
As was the case in the second quarter, the Rams tallied back-to-back touchdowns to start the third, the first coming on a 51-yard catch by Higgins and the other a nine-yard Hart run, extending the advantage to 31-3.
The Nevada offense finally showed signs of life late in the frame when Fajardo ran to the left, stopped prior to going out of bounds, and cut back up the field for a 13-yard TD run.
Trailing 31-10 heading into the fourth, the Pack narrowed the gap considerably as Fajardo found Hasaan Henderson and Richy Turner with touchdown passes of nine and 11 yards, respectively, to draw the hosts to within seven at 31-24 with 6:22 to play.
Fajardo completed his 21st pass of the night with just under five minutes to play in regulation, giving him 764 for his career, establishing a new school record in that department.
The signal caller appeared to get the Pack their fourth TD of the second half shortly thereafter, but the 63-yard scoring strike to Richardson was called back after the wide receiver was charged for offensive pass interference.
Instead of potentially tying the game, Nevada had to continue the drive and unfortunately Fajardo was eventually intercepted in the final seconds, allowing CSU to run out the clock and secure the seven-point win.Game Notes