Colorado State 31, Nevada 24

Poor execution and a slow start end up costing the Wolf Pack in their 31-24 defeat to the Colorado State Rams. It was a tale of two halves at Mackay Stadium as the Nevada Wolf Pack lost 31-24 to the visiting Colorado State Rams. “The difference was execution,” said Coach Brian Polian in his post-game press conference in front of the Reno media.

The Wolf Pack trailed by as many as 28 points, down 31-3 late into the third quarter before Cody Fajardo had a 13-yard touchdown run with 2:13 left in the quarter making the score 31-10. The Pack showed the perseverance that they have had all season long, causing a turnover and scoring three touchdowns in the second half. Two of them coming in the fourth quarter.

The game came down to the final drive and had a 63-yard touchdown pass from Fajardo to Jerico Richardson called back on an offensive pass interference call. Nevada was able to drive down the field and get into scoring position with under a minute left.

With 0:46 left in the game Fajardo threw a fade pass to Hassan Henderson which was intercepted in the end-zone. There was also another offensive pass interference call on Nevada. The penalty was declined and three kneel downs from Colorado State QB Garret Grayson allowed the Rams to walk out of Mackay Stadium with a victory.

Colorado State improves to 5-1 overall with a 1-1 conference record. The loss drops Nevada to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

With his 297 yards passing and 94 yards rushing, Fajardo moved to second on Nevada’s total offense list, passing David Neil and only trailing Colin Kaepernick.

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