Nevada Wolf Pack
Saturday, September 8 • 3:30 p.m. • CBS Sports Network
Mackay Stadium (30,000/FieldTurf)
CBS Sports Network — James Bates, Aaron Taylor and Lauren Gardner
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between USF and Nevada … It also will mark the first time that a BIG EAST team has faced the Wolf Pack … BIG EAST members have gone 7-0 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference … Nevada has registered five wins against schools from automatic-qualifying BCS conferences (Washington in 2003, Northwestern in 2006, California in 2010 and 2012 and Boston College in 2010).
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
14-12, third season at USF
86-62, 13th season as collegiate head coach
USF, which improved to 16-0 all-time in home-openers with last Saturday’s 34-13 win against Chattanooga, is the only BIG EAST team to play a nonconference road game this week … The Bulls had a 329-151 advantage in total offense and had 19 first downs to the Mocs’ 11 … USF was 9-of-15 on third down and held Chattanooga to just two third-down conversions on 15 attempts … QB B.J. Daniels led the way on offense with three touchdown passes and a TD run … Daniels completed 17 of 26 passes for 225 yards and was intercepted once … RB Demetris Murray took most of the carries, finishing with 55 yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts … Eleven USF players had at least one reception as WR Terrence Mitchell had team highs with five catches and 78 receiving yards …The defense was solid with 12 tackles for loss and six sacks against Chattanooga …DE Ryne Giddins had 1.5 sacks within the first three Chattanooga snaps … LB DeDe Lattimore had a team-high 10 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss, while DE Todd Chandler finished with three TFL among his five stops … K Maikon Bonani hit four PATs against Chattanooga, making him USF’s career scoring leader … Bonani has scored 248 career points, putting him past Santiago Gramatica’s total of 246 from 2001-04.
Chris Ault (Nevada ’69)
227-103-1, 27th season
Nevada opened the 2012 season impressively as the Wolf Pack scored a 31-24 win at California … Nevada is 17-2 at home since the start of the 2009 season … Nevada is in its first year as a member of the Mountain West Conference after previously playing in the Western Athletic Conference … Nevada was picked second in the Mountain West preseason media poll, trailing only first-place Boise State … The Wolf Pack have 13 starters back from last year’s team that finished second in the WAC … Nevada was 13-1 in 2010 and went 7-6 last season … RB Stefphon Jefferson is the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week after he turned in a career-high 147 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries in the win at California … Jefferson played every offensive snap against the Bears … QB Cody Fajardo completed 25 of 32 passes for 230 yards and rushed for 101 yards and a TD against Cal.