2012 Nevada Wolf Pack football team

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2012 Nevada Wolf Pack football
Nevada Wolf Pack wordmark.svg
New Mexico Bowl vs. Arizona, L 48–49
Conference Mountain West Conference
2012 record 7–6 (4–4 MW)
Head coach Chris Ault (28th overall, 9th straight season)
Offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich (1st season)
Offensive scheme Pistol
Defensive coordinator Mike Bradeson (1st season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Mackay Stadium
(Capacity: 29,993)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 18 Boise State +   7 1         11 2  
Fresno State +   7 1         9 4  
San Diego State +   7 1         9 4  
Air Force   5 3         6 7  
Nevada   4 4         7 6  
Wyoming   3 5         4 8  
Colorado State   3 5         4 8  
UNLV   2 6         2 11  
New Mexico   1 7         4 9  
Hawaii   1 7         3 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Nevada Wolf Pack football team represented the University of Nevada, Reno in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolf Pack were led by head coach Chris Ault in his 28th overall season and 9th straight since taking over as head coach for the third time in 2004. They played their home games at Mackay Stadium and were first year members of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in Mountain West play to finish in fifth place. They were invited to the New Mexico Bowl where they were defeated by Arizona.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
Regular season
September 1 12:00 p.m. at California* California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, California PAC-12 W 31–24   63,186
September 8 4:30 p.m. South Florida* Mackay StadiumReno, Nevada CBSSN L 31–32   22,804
September 15 4:05 p.m. Northwestern State* Mackay Stadium • Reno, Nevada W 45–34   19,399
September 22 7:30 p.m. at Hawaii Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI NBCSN W 69–24   31,417
September 29 11:00 a.m. at Texas State* Bobcat StadiumSan Marcos, Texas LHN W 34–21   14,210
October 6 4:05 p.m. Wyoming Mackay Stadium • Reno, Nevada W 35–28 OT  24,025
October 13 12:00 p.m. at UNLV Sam Boyd StadiumWhitney, Nevada (Battle for the Fremont Cannon) TWCSN/Charter W 42–37   20,565
October 20 7:30 p.m. San Diego State Mackay Stadium • Reno, Nevada CBSSN L 38–39 OT  22,242
October 26 5:00 p.m. at Air Force Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, Colorado CBSSN L 31–48   24,277
November 10 7:30 p.m. Fresno State Mackay Stadium • Reno, Nevada NBCSN L 36–52   22,104
November 17 12:30 p.m. at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, New Mexico Charter W 31–24   17,290
December 1 12:30 p.m. No. 15 Boise State Mackay Stadium • Reno, Nevada (Rivalry) ABC L 21–27   30,017
Bowl season
December 15 10:00 a.m. vs. Arizona* University Stadium • Albuquerque, New Mexico (New Mexico Bowl) ESPN L 48–49   24,610
*Non-conference game. All times are in Pacific Time.
Schedule Source:[1]

Game summaries[edit]

@ California[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolf Pack 14 0 7 10 31
Golden Bears 0 7 10 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–22–1 2010 NEV, 52–31

South Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 6 7 7 12 32
Wolf Pack 21 0 7 3 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Northwestern State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Demons 3 10 7 14 34
Wolf Pack 7 10 14 14 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1991 NEV, 45–14

@ Hawaii[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolf Pack 14 20 21 14 69
Warriors 3 14 0 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–8 2011 NEV, 42–28

@ Texas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolf Pack 7 13 14 0 34
Bobcats 7 14 0 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Wyoming[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cowboys 7 7 7 7 0 28
Wolf Pack 7 14 0 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2000 NEV, 35–28

@ UNLV[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolf Pack 0 14 7 21 42
Rebels 14 17 0 6 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–15 2011 NEV, 37–0

San Diego State[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Aztecs 0 6 8 17 8 39
Wolf Pack 3 7 14 7 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2004 SDSU, 27–10

@ Air Force[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolf Pack 7 14 7 3 31
Falcons 10 21 7 10 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Fresno State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 14 23 8 52
Wolf Pack 7 14 0 15 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–24–1 2011 NEV, 45–38

@ New Mexico[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolf Pack 7 14 10 0 31
Lobos 14 3 7 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2–1 2011 NEV, 49–7

Boise State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Broncos 7 10 7 3 27
Wolf Pack 0 0 7 14 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–25 2011 BSU, 30–10

Arizona–New Mexico Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolf Pack 21 10 14 3 48
Wildcats 7 21 0 21 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1–1 1941 ARI, 26–7

Team Awards[edit]

The 2012 Team Awards were handed out December 9, 2012.[2]

Golden Helmet Award (MVP)

  • Albert Rosette, senior linebacker

Outstanding Offensive Player

Outstanding Defensive Player

Outstanding Special Teams Player

  • Khalid Wooten, senior punt returner

Nevadatude Award (best representative of the beliefs and ideals of the program)

  • Zach Sudfeld, senior tight end

Basalite Big Blocker (given the offensive lineman who grades out the best in victories)

  • Matt Galas – UNLV
  • Joel Bitonio – Northwestern State, Hawaii, Wyoming
  • Jeff Nady – Cal, Texas State, New Mexico

Blackout Award (big hitter)

Fireman's Award (stepping up in a time of need)

  • Devin Combs, sophomore quarterback

Full-speed, Effort and Habit Awards (scout team players of the year)

  • Offense: Chris Solomon, freshman running back
  • Defense: Gabe Lee, sophomore defensive back

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