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Wyoming at Nevada

Nevada 35, Wyoming 28, OT

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Backup quarterback Devin Combs hit Aaron Bradley with a 24-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Nevada came from behind to beat Wyoming 35-28 on Saturday.

In a strange game that saw both teams lose their starting quarterbacks, the Wolf Pack tied the game in the final seconds of regulation as Combs connected with Richie Turner from 44 yards out to tie the score at 28.

Nevada (5-1, 2-0 Mountain West) led 21-7 in the second quarter when starting quarterback Cody Fajardo went down with back spasms with 5:04 left to play. He did not return.

Nevada coach Chris Ault praised Combs, a sophomore who finished 11 of 19 for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

"It took Devin some time to find himself, but he did and I'm proud of him," Ault said. "To bring this team back in the fourth quarter and then win this thing, that was pretty special."

Fajardo was 19 of 26 for 221 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. His 20-yard scoring pass to Kendall Brock put Nevada ahead 21-7 with 9:50 left in the first half.

Wyoming (1-4, 0-1) came back behind quarterback Brett Smith, who was ejected with 8:16 left in the fourth quarter after receiving a second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Smith's 8-yard touchdown run with 13:07 left in the game had given the Cowboys a 28-21 lead. He received his first unsportsmanlike penalty after the touchdown for taunting.

The second came on the Cowboys' next drive when Smith protested a Nevada defensive holding penalty that was waved off by the officials.

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen was critical of the call.

"Guy's running off the field, 3 yards from the sidelines running off the field, takes his helmet off and you're going to throw a flag on him," Christensen said. "Kick him out of the game? That's unbelievable."

Smith was 21 of 34 for 197 yards and three touchdowns. His replacement, Jason Thompson, was 1 of 6 for 10 yards.

Nevada had the ball first in overtime, starting at the 25. After rushing for 1 yard on the first play, Combs hit Bradley cutting across the middle from 24 yards out.

Wyoming then took over at the 25 and after Thompson rushed for 1 yard on the first play, he threw three consecutive incomplete passes to end the game.

The Cowboys held Wolf Pack running back Stefphon Jefferson, the nation's leading rusher entering the game, to 78 yards on 23 carries, nearly 100 yards fewer than his season average of 174.

"I think our guys did a nice job stepping up against the run, but gave up far too many passing yards," Christensen said."

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Scoring Summary
WYORobert Herron 16 yd pass from Brett Smith (Stuart Williams kick)
NEVADANick Hale 3 yd run (Allen Hardison kick)
NEVADAZach Sudfeld 13 yd pass from Cody Fajardo (Allen Hardison kick)
NEVADAKendall Brock 20 yd pass from Cody Fajardo (Allen Hardison kick)
WYORobert Herron 6 yd pass from Brett Smith (Stuart Williams kick)
WYOJalen Claiborne 42 yd pass from Brett Smith (Stuart Williams kick)
WYOBrett Smith 8 yd run (Stuart Williams kick)
NEVADARichy Turner 44 yd pass from Devin Combs (Allen Hardison kick)
NEVADAAaron Bradley 24 yd pass from Devin Combs (Allen Hardison kick)
 
Team Stats
 WYONEVADA
First Downs2227
Third Down Efficiency11-209-17
Fourth Down Efficiency1-21-2
Plays-Net Yards87-35082-565
Rushes-Yds47-14337-127
Passing Yds207438
Kick Return Yds10534
Punt Return Yds623
Passes22-40-130-45-1
Punts6-2734-151
Fumbles-Lost3-12-2
Penalties-Yds6-805-45
Time of Poss.33:4326:17
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
WYO: Brett Smith 15-60, Brandon Miller 8-34, D.J. May 7-34, Tedder Easton 5-21, Shaun Wick 2-4, Colby Kirkegaard 1-0, Robert Herron 1--1, Team 2--2, Jason Thompson 6--7
NEVADA: Stefphon Jefferson 23-78, Devin Combs 11-38, Cody Fajardo 2-8, Nick Hale 1-3
PASSING
WYO: Brett Smith 21-34-197-1, Jason Thompson 1-6-10-0
NEVADA: Cody Fajardo 19-26-221-1, Devin Combs 11-19-217-0
RECEIVING
WYO: Dominic Rufran 5-43, Chris McNeill 5-41, Robert Herron 4-27, Brandon Miller 2-12, Jason Thompson 2-12, Jalen Claiborne 1-42, Shaun Wick 1-12, Brett Smith 1-10, Luke Anderson 1-8
NEVADA: Aaron Bradley 8-111, Richy Turner 7-150, Brandon Wimberly 6-67, Stefphon Jefferson 4-36, Zach Sudfeld 3-44, Kendall Brock 2-30
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Wyoming5th Mountain West Mountain2-54-7
Nevada3rd Mountain West West3-46-5

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