|Date of game: 10/18/2014
Recap: BYU vs. Nevada
Provo, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Cody Fajardo threw for 285 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, as the Nevada Wolf Pack used a second-half surge to capture a 42-35 come-from-behind victory over the BYU Cougars in non- conference action LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Fajardo completed 26-of-40 passes with a touchdown and zero picks while adding a pair of rushing scores and 47 yards on the ground for Nevada (4-3). Richy Turner tallied nine receptions for 56 yards and a score.
For BYU (4-3), Christian Stewart was outstanding with 408 yards, four touchdowns and no picks on 36-of-63 passing to go with 47 rushing yards. Mitch Mathews had a career day receiving with 16 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Nate Carter had just seven carries but finished with 87 yards.
Nevada scored on the game's first drive with Brent Zuzo knocking through a 44- yard field goal.
BYU took a 7-3 lead late in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Paul Lasike.
Lasike added another score early in the second quarter, this time on a 20-yard pass from Stewart.
James Butler rushed in a 9-yard score just over a minute later for the Wolf Pack as they cut into their deficit.
Stewart and Mathews connected on a pair of touchdown passes later in the second quarter, one from 20 yards out and the other an 11-yarder. With a 26- yard field goal by Zuzo sandwiched in between the two scores, BYU carried a 28-13 lead into intermission.
Nevada chipped into its deficit midway through the third quarter when Fajardo rushed in a 1-yard touchdown.
The Wolf Pack scored again early in the fourth quarter on an 18-yard scoring strike from Fajardo to Turner. Fajardo completed a successful two-point conversion pass to Hasaan Henderson to tie the game up at 28-28.
The away team took its first lead since the opening drive less than four minutes later on another Fajardo rushing score, this time from 25 yards out.
After forcing a BYU turnover, Nevada made it a two-score game with 5:54 left on a 6-yard touchdown rush by Butler.
The Cougars made things interesting late. Stewart tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Keanu Nelson with 2:34 to play. Then BYU got the ball back with 1:29 to work with and advanced to Nevada's side of the field before the Wolf Pack sealed the victory by forcing a Stewart fumble.
BYU outgained Nevada, 601-411, but the Wolf Pack won the turnover battle, 3-0.Game Notes