RENO – Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns to lead UNR to a 45-34 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday.
The game featured 1,240 yards of offense, 655 by the Wolf Pack (2-1).
Jefferson, who had 27 carries, shattered his previous career high of 147 rushing yards and had the Wolf Pack’s best ground production since Colin Kaepernick ran for 240 yards against UNLV in 2008. Quarterback Cody Fajardo added 118 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, and was 21 of 33 passing for 237 yards with a touchdown and interception.
Brad Henderson passed for 357 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 102 yards for the Demons (1-2).
■ Fresno State 69, Colorado 14 – At Fresno, Calif., Robbie Rouse set the all-time school rushing record on a 94-yard run that gave him four touchdowns in the first quarter, and the Bulldogs rolled past the winless Buffaloes.
Rouse’s long run, which tied the school record for a single play, helped him pass Ron Rivers as the leading rusher in Bulldogs history. Rouse ran for 144 yards on the night, giving him 3,519 to Rivers’ 3,473.
Rouse started the rout with a 4-yard TD run on the first drive for Fresno State (2-1) and also caught TD passes of 9 and 12 yards from Derek Carr as the Bulldogs broke out to a 35-0 first-quarter lead and were up 55-7 at the half.
Colorado (0-3), coming off a 30-28 loss to Sacramento State of the Football Championship Subdivision, is off to its worst start since losing its first six games in 2006. The Buffaloes got there by playing perhaps their worst half of football ever.
■ San Diego State 49, North Dakota 41 – At San Diego, Ryan Katz threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns as San Diego State outlasted North Dakota.
Adam Muema rushed for 124 yards and Walter Kazee 105 for the Aztecs (2-1).
Marcus Hendrickson connected on 27 of 50 passes for 434 yards and four TDs for North Dakota (2-1). Three TDs went to Greg Hardin, who had eight receptions for 142 yards.
■ Texas Tech 49, New Mexico 14 – At Lubbock, Texas, Seth Doege threw for six touchdowns and 340 yards to lead the Red Raiders past the Lobos.
Texas Tech (3-0) finished with 702 total yards. New Mexico (1-2) finished with 127 yards of offense.
■ Cal Poly 24, Wyoming 22 – At Laramie, Wyo., Deonte Williams rushed for 187 yards, including a 65-yard score on the game’s fourth play, and the Mustangs (2-0) – an FCS school – held on to beat the Cowboys.
Wyoming (0-3), playing without injured quarterback Brett Smith, struggled offensively all day but led 15-14 at the half.
■ Boise State 39, Miami (Ohio) 12 – At Boise, Idaho, D.J. Harper rushed for a career-high 162 yards on 16 carries, scoring three touchdowns to power the Broncos past the RedHawks (1-2).
Boise State (1-1) won its 11th straight home opener, rebounding from a season-opening loss two weeks ago at Michigan State.
■ San Jose State 40, Colorado State 20 – At San Jose, Calif., Chandler Jones caught two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help the Spartans (2-1) pull away from the Rams (1-2).