Nevada Football: Wolf Pack Alone Atop WAC After Win over Fresno State Bulldogs

Michael PatmasCorrespondent IIIOctober 22, 2011

Coach Ault has found his next great QB, Cody Fajardo
Coach Ault has found his next great QB, Cody FajardoOtto Kitsinger III/Getty Images

It's safe to say the Nevada Wolf Pack have found the heir apparent to Colin Kaepernick. Red-shirt freshman Cody Fajardo now appears to have a solid grasp on the starting job after leading Nevada to its third straight win, defeating the Fresno State Bulldogs today 45-38 in Reno.

Nevada is now 4-3 and undefeated in conference play.

Alone atop the WAC, the Wolf Pack have solidified under a dual-threat QB with a Kaepernick-like style. After senior QB Tyler Lantrip started the season, Fajardo now has the starting job to himself.

Opening 1-3 in four road games—including three against ranked teams—Nevada is now on a roll and could conceivably win the WAC Championship. They are a much better team seven weeks into the season than they were in Week 1 against Oregon or Week 4 against Boise State.

Nevada managed 568 yards of total offense to Fresno's 522, 313 passing yards compared to Fresno's 315; and 255 yards rushing compared to Fresno's 207.

Nevada continued to hurt itself, however, with eight penalties for 89 yards, but they did manage to recover two fumbles.

Fajardo was 19-for-27 through the air for 313 yards and one TD, while he carried the ball 17 times for 61 yards and another TD. Junior RB Mike Ball had a career day with 25 carries for 183 yards and a score. His longest run was 41 yards. Rishard Matthews had seven receptions for 148 yards and returned yet another punt for a score.

It appears downhill for Nevada now, as they are the only undefeated team in the WAC. They still have tough games against a stout Utah State team and Hawaii, but it now looks increasingly likely that Nevada might just finish their stint in the WAC with back-to-back championships.