HONOLULU (AP) - Thanks to Stefphon Jefferson's record-tying day, the Nevada football team will leave Hawaii with a win for the first time in more than 60 years.
Jefferson scored seven touchdowns as the Wolfpack beat the Warriors 69-24 on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
"What can you say? He played terrific," Nevada coach Chris Ault said of Jefferson, who ran for six scores and caught a touchdown pass. "He caught a couple screens, did a great job with it. Our offensive front did a terrific job up front for him, and Stefphon did a great job finding the holes."
Stefphon Jefferson of Nevada eludes Hawaii’s T.J. Taimatuia and scores a touchdown in the second quarter of the Wolf Pack’s 69-24 win over the Warriors on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
Jefferson tied a record for touchdowns in a game involving two Bowl Subdivision or Division I-A teams, joining three other players - the most recent had been Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods, in 2003.
The record for touchdowns in a game by a player in the top level of college football is eight, by Illinois' Howard Griffith against Southern Illinois, then in Division I-AA, in 1990. The all-division record is also eight, by multiple players.
The Warriors set a team record for points allowed at Aloha Stadium, surpassing a 63-17 loss to Southern California in 2005. No visiting UH opponent had scored so many points since Stanford won 74-20 in 1950.
BOWL SUBDIVISION SINGLE-GAME TOUCHDOWNS
8-Howard Griffith, Illinois, vs. Southern Illinois, Sept. 22, 1990 (8 rushing).
7-Arnold Boykin, Mississippi, vs. Mississippi St., Dec. 1, 1951 (7 rushing).
7-Marshall Faulk, San Diego St., vs. Pacific, Sept. 14, 1991 (7 rushing).
7-Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma St., vs. SMU, Sept. 20, 2003 (7 receiving).
7-Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada, vs. Hawaii, Sept. 22, 2012 (6 rushing, 1 receiving).
The 45-point margin was also the second-largest in series history. Nevada won 73-12 in 1948.
"It's just one game. It's a disappointing one," said Warriors coach Norm Chow. "Obviously, we didn't play as well as we could. Give (Nevada) an awful lot of credit."
Both teams were playing their first Mountain West Conference game - the teams left the Western Athletic Conference in July.
Nevada improved to 3-1 overall, while UH fell to 1-2.
The home team had not won a game in the series since 2007, and Nevada had not won in Hawaii since 1948.
"It was terrific," Ault said. "We've lost the last four times we've been here, and I'm the one who has been outspoken about it. We were fortunate tonight. I thought we played well on both sides of the ball."
Jefferson, a junior running back, carried 31 times for 170 yards. None of his touchdown runs were longer than 5 yards. He also scored on a 55-yard reception, and finished with three catches for 76 yards.
The Wolf Pack racked up 575 yards of offense, and extended their streak of having at least one 100-yard rusher to 13 straight games.
The Warriors had been allowing 62.5 rushing yards per game this season, but gave up 355 on Saturday.
Sean Schroeder's 36-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Ostrowski pulled UH within 20-17 midway through the second quarter, but Nevada then scored 42 unanswered points.
Schroeder finished 22-of-40 for 234 yards with two interceptions. Will Gregory ran for 92 yards and a touchdown,
The Wolf Pack's Cody Fajardo completed 14 of 20 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 69 yards. Brock Hekking recorded two of Nevada's four sacks and forced a fumble.
Nevada ..... 14 ..... 20 ..... 21 ..... 14-69
Hawaii ........ 3 ..... 14 ....... 0 ........ 7-24
Nev-Jefferson 55 pass from Fajardo (Hardison kick), 6:41.
Haw-FG Hadden 22, 3:36.
Nev-Jefferson 3 run (Hardison kick), 1:17.
Haw-Hall 19 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 13:46.
Nev-Jefferson 2 run (kick blocked), 11:08.
Haw-Ostrowski 36 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 8:37.
Nev-Jefferson 1 run (Hardison kick), 5:35.
Nev-Jefferson 5 run (Hardison kick), 2:00.
Nev-Jefferson 3 run (Hardison kick), 10:34.
Nev-Sudfeld 8 pass from Fajardo (Hardison kick), 4:54.
Nev-Jefferson 1 run (Hardison kick), :14.
Nev-Wooten 78 interception return (Hardison kick), 12:47.
Haw-Gregory 4 run (Hadden kick), 6:22.
Nev-Hale 52 run (Hardison kick), 4:24.
|Time of Possession||28:03||31:57|
RUSHING-Nevada, Jefferson 31-170, Hale 5-84, Fajardo 13-69, Combs 3-24, Knight 3-9, Team 1-(minus 1). Hawaii, Gregory 16-92, Poueu-Luna 1-36, Lister 7-21, S.Jackson 4-18, Ostrowski 1-4, Schroeder 5-(minus 27).
PASSING-Nevada, Fajardo 14-20-0-220. Hawaii, Schroeder 22-40-2-234.
RECEIVING-Nevada, Wimberly 4-35, Jefferson 3-76, Sudfeld 3-41, Turner 2-21, Arendse 1-39, Bradley 1-8. Hawaii, Ostrowski 7-99, Davis 5-69, Gant 3-22, Harding 3-11, Hall 2-24, Lister 1-6, Cofer 1-3.