RENO, Nev. (AP) - Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns to lead Nevada to a 45-34 victory against Northwestern State on Saturday night.
The contest featured 1,240 yards of offense, 655 by Nevada (2-1).
Jefferson, who had 27 attempts, shattered his previous career high of 147 rushing yards and had the Wolf Pack's best ground production since Colin Kaepernick ran for 240 yards against UNLV in 2008. Quarterback Cody Fajardo added 118 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.
Brad Henderson passed for 357 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 102 yards for the Demons (1-2).
In the second half, Jefferson had scoring runs of 48 and 52 yards, and Fajardo rushed for TDs from 10 and 22 yards, giving Nevada breathing room after it led 17-13 at halftime. Jefferson and Fajardo both eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the second straight game.
Fajardo was 21 of 33 passing for 237 yards with a touchdown and interception.
|NWST||John Shaughnessy 22 yd FG|
|NEVADA||Cody Fajardo 2 yd run (Allen Hardison kick)|
|NEVADA||Allen Hardison 29 yd FG|
|NWST||Corey Simmons 2 yd pass from Brad Henderson (John Shaughnessy kick)|
|NWST||John Shaughnessy 34 yd FG|
|NEVADA||Zach Sudfeld 25 yd pass from Cody Fajardo (Allen Hardison kick)|
|NEVADA||Stefphon Jefferson 48 yd run (Allen Hardison kick)|
|NWST||Sidney Riley 4 yd run (John Shaughnessy kick)|
|NEVADA||Cody Fajardo 10 yd run (Allen Hardison kick)|
|NEVADA||Stefphon Jefferson 52 yd run (Allen Hardison kick)|
|NWST||Daniel Taylor 40 yd run (John Shaughnessy kick)|
|NEVADA||Cody Fajardo 22 yd run (Allen Hardison kick)|
|NWST||Phillip Harvey 68 yd pass from Brad Henderson (John Shaughnessy kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||12-19||4-10|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-1||0-2|
|Kick Return Yds||94||72|
|Punt Return Yds||0||32|
|Time of Poss.||31:52||28:8|
|NWST: Brad Henderson 11-102, Daniel Taylor 8-72, Sidney Riley 6-16, Phillip Harvey 1-11, Robert Walker 4-9, Cody Jones 2-9, Rumeall Morris 3-6, Grant Chiasson 1-3|
|NEVADA: Stefphon Jefferson 27-247, Cody Fajardo 16-118, Richy Turner 1-27, Nick Hale 4-23, Devin Combs 1-4, Team 1--1|
|NWST: Brad Henderson 28-53-357-0|
|NEVADA: Cody Fajardo 21-33-237-1|
|NWST: Louis Hollier 8-107, Corey Simmons 5-32, Rod Davis 4-41, Phillip Harvey 2-84, Sidney Riley 2-45, Daniel Taylor 2-18, Casey Toussant 1-13, Jovhan Jilbert 1-7, Clifton Brown 1-6, Robert Walker 1-2, Chris Dever 1-2|
|NEVADA: Brandon Wimberly 8-82, Richy Turner 7-74, Zach Sudfeld 2-43, Aaron Bradley 2-25, Kolby Arendse 1-10, Stefphon Jefferson 1-3|