Warriors lose Mountain West opener to Nevada

HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson scored an NCAA record-tying seven touchdowns, including six on the ground, and the Wolfpack's quick strike offense helped Nevada beat the University of Hawaii 69-24 in the Warriors Mountain West conference opener. 

Nevada led 14-3 after the first quarter behind two Jefferson touchdowns, but a 19-yard pass from UH quarterback Sean Schroeder to receiver Ryan Hall cut the Wolfpack's lead to four with 13:46 remaining in the half.

After another Jefferson touchdown score, Schroeder found receiver Miah Ostrowski for a 36-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 20-17 with 8:37 to play until the half, but two more rushing touchdowns from Jefferson to end the quarter extended Nevada's halftime to 34-17.

A sixth touchdown for Jefferson made it 41-17 with 10:34 to play in the third, and an eight yard Cody Fajardo pass to Zach Sudfeld extended Nevada's lead to 48-17.

Jefferson's record-tying seventh touchdown of the night boosted Nevada's advantage to 55-17, and a Sean Schroeder interception returned for a touchdown gave the Wolfpack a 62-17 lead. No Nevada player had ever scored more than six in a game.

UH running back Will Gregory scored on a 4-yard touchdown rush with just over six minutes left in the game, and Nevada reserve tailback Nick Hale ran for a 52-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give the Wolfpack their final 69-24 margin.

Nevada gained 575 yards of offense on the night, the most the Warriors have allowed this season.

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