Jefferson has 7 TDs as Nevada beats Hawaii 69-24
HONOLULU (AP) — For the first time in more than 60 years, the Nevada football team will leave Hawaii feeling some aloha.
Stefphon Jefferson tied an NCAA record by scoring seven touchdowns to lead Nevada in a 69-24 win over Hawaii on Saturday. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak in Honolulu for the Wolf Pack (3-1, 1-0 Mountain West) that dated back to 1948.
It was the first time since 2007 that the home team had won in the series between the two former Western Athletic Conference teams. Both schools left the WAC for the Mountain West Conference in July.
"It was terrific," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "We've lost the last four times we've been here, and I'm the one who has been outspoken about it. ... We were fortunate tonight. I thought we played well on both sides of the ball."
Jefferson, a junior running back, carried 31 times for 170 yards and scored on 3-, 2-, 1-, 5-, 3- and 1-yard runs and added a 55-yard scoring reception.
It was the fourth time a player had seven touchdowns in a game, the first since Oklahoma State's Rashaan Woods did it in 2003. The mark is also a new Mountain West Conference record.
"I really didn't realize that at all," Ault said of Jefferson tying the NCAA record. "What can you say? He played terrific. He caught a couple screens, did a great job with it. Our offensive front did a terrific job up front for him, and Stefphon did a great job finding the holes."
Nevada racked up 575 yards of offense and had 30 first downs. It was 8 of 12 on third downs and 7 of 7 in the red zone.
After a three-and-out on their first drive, the Wolf Pack scored on their next five possessions to build a 34-17 halftime lead. Jefferson, who had 90 yards on 19 rushes at intermission, added a rushing touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters.