Scores

Final/OT

Wyoming 28

(1-4, 0-1 MW)

Nevada 35

(5-1, 2-0 MW)

7:05 PM ET, October 6, 2012

Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV

1 2 3 4 OT T
WYO 7 7 7 7 028
NEV 7 14 0 7 735

Top Performers

Passing: B. Smith (WYO) - 197 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Smith (WYO) - 15 CAR, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Turner (NEV) - 7 REC, 150 YDS, 1 TD

Nevada 35, Wyoming 28, OT

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
WYO
NEV
1st Downs2227
Total Yards350565
Passing207438
Rushing143127
Penalties6-805-45
3rd Down Conversions11-209-17
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers23
Possession33:4326:17

Passing Leaders

WyomingC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith21/341975.831
NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fajardo19/262218.521

Rushing Leaders

WyomingCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith15604.0115
Miller8344.309
NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jefferson23783.4021
Combs11383.5015

Receiving Leaders

WyomingRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rufran5438.6011
Claiborne14242.0142
NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Turner715021.4171
Bradley811113.9124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWYONEV
TD05:34Robert Herron 16 Yd Pass From Brett Smith. (Stuart Williams Kick) 70
TD01:12Nick Hale 3 Yd Run. (Allen Hardison Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERWYONEV
TD11:53Zach Sudfeld 13 Yd Pass From Cody Fajardo. (Allen Hardison Kick) 714
TD09:50Kendall Brock 20 Yd Pass From Cody Fajardo. (Allen Hardison Kick) 721
TD01:18Robert Herron 6 Yd Pass From Brett Smith. (Stuart Williams Kick) 1421
THIRD QUARTERWYONEV
TD07:34Jalen Claiborne 42 Yd Pass From Brett Smith. (Stuart Williams Kick) 2121
FOURTH QUARTERWYONEV
TD13:07Brett Smith 8 Yd Run. (Stuart Williams Kick) 2821
TD01:18Richy Turner 44 Yd Pass From Devin Combs. (Allen Hardison Kick) 2828
OVERTIMEWYONEV
TDAaron Bradley 24 Yd Pass From Devin Combs. (Allen Hardison Kick) 2835