College Football: Nevada Inches Closer to WAC Title with Win over Hawaii

Michael PatmasCorrespondent IIINovember 13, 2011

Coach Ault notched another victory in his Hall-of-Fame career
Coach Ault notched another victory in his Hall-of-Fame careerEthan Miller/Getty Images

The University of Nevada Wolf Pack remained undefeated in conference play yesterday with a win over Hawaii 42-28 in Mackay Stadium.

Nevada is now 4-0 in the WAC and is alone at the top. With a 6-3 record, the Wolf Pack have won their last five games with freshman QB Cody Fajardo having earned the starting job over senior Tyler Lantrip who began the season as the starter.

The Wolf Pack had 528 yards of total offense as Fajardo was 25-for-36 through the air for 290 yards and three TD. The speedy QB also rushed for another TD, his 11th of the season. Rishard Matthews led Nevada's receiving corps with 8 catches for 188 yards and two TD. Lampford Mark led the Wolf Pack rushing attack with 24 carries for 105 yards and a score.

It was a costly game for Hawaii, as QB Bryant Moniz was sidelined with what appeared to be a significant lower leg injury. The Warriors have suffered significantly with injuries this season, which is a major reason why their season has not lived up to expectations. Hawaii was the preseason pick to win the WAC.

With three games left, Nevada controls its destiny. They face La Tech at home next week and this could be their toughest game since facing Boise State in Week 4. La Tech is playing well and is 4-1 in conference play having won their last five games.

An away game to Utah State follows the week after and finally Nevada closes out the season against Idaho at home. A 9-3 season and an outright WAC Championship is Nevada's to lose at this point. Next week's game at home is, in essence, the WAC championship.