Sunday, September 23, 2012

Nevada 69 Hawaii 24

Hawaii's defense denied Nevada on its first possession of the game, forcing a three and out.

After that, it was a dire evening in Halawa as the Wolf Pack and Stefphon Jefferson ran roughshod on the Warriors in a 69-24 rout.

Jefferson scored a UH opponent record six rushing touchdowns and Nevada rolled up the most points by a Warriors foe at Aloha Stadium. Jefferson's seven total scores tied a major-college record.

In its first two games, UH did not allow a 100-yard rusher. It ranked 11th nationally in rushing defense at 62.5 per game. Nevada arrived with two key players — running back Jefferson (176.3) and quarterback Cody Fajardo (116.3) — averaging triple digits on the ground through its pistol offense.
Something had to give, and by halftime it was clearly the overwhelmed hosts.

Jefferson netted 170 yards on 31 carries. When he wasn't going off, Fajardo did the damage himself, either on the ground or through the air. [Brian McInnis]

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When the University of Nevada cheerleaders paraded through the north end zone at Aloha Stadium waving their blue-and-white Wolf Pack flags after a first-quarter touchdown Saturday night, the display drew a robust round of boos from the Hawaii partisans in the stands.

So did a repeat after the second, third and fourth touchdowns.

But by the time the sixth, seventh and eighth scores were registered in the third quarter, amid a run of 42 unanswered points, there was nary a futile peep to be heard in Halawa.

By the time the ninth and 10th touchdowns were rung up in the fourth quarter of a 69-24 thumping of the Warriors, there were too few resigned remnants of the original 29,002 to matter.

It was the most points given up by UH at home since a 74-20 loss to Stanford on Jan. 2, 1950. To put it in perspective, UH coach Norm Chow was 3 years old then.

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