ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Nevada's Cody Fajardo threw three touchdown passes and ran for a career-high 186 yards Saturday to help the Wolf Pack beat New Mexico 31-24 and end a three-game losing streak.
Fajardo hit Brandon Wimberly from 2 yards out for what proved to be the winning score with 4 minutes left in the third quarter for Nevada (7-4, 4-3 Mountain West).
The Lobos (4-8, 1-6), who have lost five straight, got 72 rushing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Cole Gautsche, but he didn't complete any passes.
New Mexico had a chance to tie it late in the fourth quarter after Dallas Bollema intercepted Fajardo and returned it 37 yards to the Nevada 14. But on third-and-7 from the 11, Jordan Hanson recovered a Crusoe Gongbay fumble with 4:17 left and the Wolf Pack ran out the clock with four first downs.
|NMEX||Cole Gautsche 20 yd run (Justus Adams kick)|
|NEVADA||Stefphon Jefferson 1 yd run (Colin Ditsworth kick)|
|NMEX||Cole Gautsche 3 yd run (Justus Adams kick)|
|NEVADA||Stephen Jeffers 1 yd pass from Cody Fajardo (Colin Ditsworth kick)|
|NMEX||Justus Adams 42 yd FG|
|NEVADA||Brandon Wimberly 3 yd pass from Cody Fajardo (Colin Ditsworth kick)|
|NEVADA||Colin Ditsworth 23 yd FG|
|NMEX||Jhurell Pressley 2 yd run (Justus Adams kick)|
|NEVADA||Brandon Wimberly 2 yd pass from Cody Fajardo (Colin Ditsworth kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||9-16||2-11|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-3||1-2|
|Kick Return Yds||32||37|
|Punt Return Yds||2||4|
|Time of Poss.||29:40||30:20|
|NEVADA: Cody Fajardo 20-186, Stefphon Jefferson 23-128, Nick Hale 4-42, Brandon Wimberly 1-5, Team 2--3|
|NMEX: Kasey Carrier 18-145, Cole Gautsche 16-72, Lamaar Thomas 3-65, Crusoe Gongbay 9-61, Jhurell Pressley 2-7, Carlos Wiggins 1-6, Chase Clayton 1--4|
|NEVADA: Cody Fajardo 18-27-133-1|
|NMEX: Cole Gautsche 0-2-0-0|
|NEVADA: Brandon Wimberly 6-34, Richy Turner 4-37, Zach Sudfeld 3-42, Aaron Bradley 3-23, Stephen Jeffers 1-1, Stefphon Jefferson 1--4|
|Nevada||5th Mountain West West||3-5||4-8|
|New Mexico||5th Mountain West Mountain||1-7||3-9|