Nevada Wolf Pack football
|Nevada Wolf Pack football|
|Athletic director||Doug Knuth|
|Head coach||Brian Polian
3rd year, 11–13 (.458)
|Home stadium||Mackay Stadium|
|Field||Chris Ault Field|
|Stadium capacity||30,000 (record 33,391)|
|Stadium surface||FieldTurf (2000-present)
Natural grass (1966-99)
|League||NCAA Division I FBS|
|All-time record||535–460–33 (.536)|
|Postseason bowl record||4–10 (.286)|
|Heisman winners||0 (2 Heisman finalists)|
|Consensus All-Americans||1 (multiple All-American selections)|
Navy Blue and Silver
|Fight song||Hail to our Sturdy Team|
|Mascot||Alphie and Wolfie Jr.|
|Marching band||Pride of the Sierra|
|Website||Nevada Wolf Pack|
The Nevada Wolf Pack football program represents the University of Nevada (commonly referred to as "Nevada" in athletics) in college football. The Wolf Pack competes in the Mountain West Conference at the Football Bowl Subdivision level of Division I (NCAA). The Wolf Pack's home field is Mackay Stadium in Reno, which opened in October 1966 with a seating capacity of 7,500. The stadium currently seats 30,000 and has played to crowds in excess (see Attendance Records at Mackay Stadium), but the stadium will be decreasing its capacity to 26,000 by the 2016 season in order to increase the quality of the experience in the stadium. The playing field sits at an elevation of 4,610 feet (1,405 m) above sea level
- 1 History
- 2 Rivalry with Boise State
- 3 Rivalry with UNLV
- 4 Retired numbers
- 5 Chris Ault
- 6 Notable games
- 7 List of Bowl games
- 8 Conference Championships
- 9 Records Against MWC Teams
- 10 Future Non-Conference Opponents
- 11 NCAA FBS Records
- 11.1 FBS Individual Records
- 11.2 FBS Team Records
- 11.3 FBS All-Time Leaders on Offense
- 11.4 FBS All-Time Leaders on Defense
- 11.5 FBS All-Time Leaders on Special Teams
- 11.6 FBS All-Time Longest Plays
- 11.7 FBS All-Time Team Season Leaders and Annual Team Champions
- 11.8 FBS Winningest Decades, National Poll and BCS Rankings
- 12 NCAA FCS Records
- 12.1 FCS Individual Records
- 12.2 FCS Team Records
- 12.3 FCS All-Time Leaders on Offense
- 12.4 FCS All-Time Leaders on Special Teams
- 12.5 FCS All-Time Longest Plays
- 12.6 FCS All-Time Team Season Leaders and Annual Team Champions
- 12.7 FCS Most-Improved Teams and Winningest Teams by Decade
- 12.8 FCS National Poll Rankings, Undefeated Teams, Streaks and Rivalries
- 13 NCAA Division II Records
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Nevada's football history began in 1895 or 1896. However, there was no football program from 1906-14 (only rugby), in 1918 (due to World War I), and in 1951.
Nevada has had three individuals inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. They are coach Chris Ault, running back Frank Hawkins (1977-80), and former coach Buck Shaw. Fullback Marion Motley is the only Nevada player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Three-time Super Bowl champion Charles Mann played for Nevada from 1979 to 1982 and was named Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in 1982. Mann was inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. Another Nevada alumnus with a long career in the NFL was free safety Brock Marion. He was selected in the seventh round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys where he played most of his career, and won two Super Bowls. Marion was selected to three Pro Bowls, and one All-Pro team.
Nevada has not fielded a Heisman Trophy winner; however, Stan Heath was fifth in Heisman voting in 1948 and Colin Kaepernick (QB) was eighth among 2010 candidates. Nevada football's rich tradition has produced 40 All-Americans and 45 All-American selections. Nevada's only consensus All-American was Matt Clafton (LB) in 1991, which was Nevada's last year in the Division I-AA; the Wolf Pack is awaiting their first FBS consensus All-American. The Wolf Pack has also produced two Academic All-Americans: David Heppe (P, 1982) and Erick Streelman (TE, 2002)
The Wolf Pack competed in Division I-AA since the formation of that division in 1978, moving up from Division II. Before joining the Big Sky Conference in 1979, Nevada competed in the Far West Conference and as a Division II independent in football. Nevada competed in the Division I-AA playoffs in its first two seasons, when just four teams were selected. They returned to the national semi-finals in 1983 and 1985, when the playoffs included 12 teams, and 1986 with a 16 team field. The Wolf Pack reached the national championship game in 1990, and the quarterfinals in 1991.
In its 14 years in Division I-AA, Nevada made the playoffs seven times, and went undefeated during the regular season three times (1978, 1986, 1991), compiling an overall record of 122-47-1 (.720). Nevada would record a record of 9-7 in the Division I-AA playoffs during their time in the Big Sky Conference. In 13 years of Big Sky membership, the Wolf Pack won four conference titles (1983, 1986, 1990, 1991).
Nevada I-AA Playoff history
Nevada has been in 16 I-AA playoff games, with a record of 9–7.
|1979||Semifinal||at Eastern Kentucky||L 30–33 2OT|
|1983||1st Round||at Idaho State||W 27–20|
|Quarterfinal||North Texas||W 20–17 2OT|
|Semifinal||at Southern Illinois||L 7–23|
|1985||1st Round||Arkansas State||W 24–23|
|Quarterfinal||at Furman||L 12–35|
|1986||1st Round||Idaho||W 27–7|
|Quarterfinal||Tennessee State||W 33–6|
|Semi-Final||Georgia Southern||L 38–48|
|1990||1st Round||Louisiana-Monroe||W 27–14|
|Quarterfinal||Furman||W 42–35 3OT|
|Semifinal||Boise State||W 59–52 3OT|
|Championship||at Georgia Southern||L 13–36|
|1991||1st Round||McNeese State||W 22–16|
|Quarterfinal||Youngstown State||L 28–30|
Move from I-AA to I-A/FBS
Nevada moved up to Division I-A in 1992 when it joined the Big West Conference. The change from Division I-AA to Division I-A brought a lot of excitement to Wolf Pack fans. In 1991, Nevada's final season in Division I-AA, the Wolf Pack recorded what still stands as one of the biggest comebacks in Division I NCAA football history when they defeated Weber State 55-49, after trailing by 35 points in the second half. Backup quarterback Chris Vargas led a second half Nevada comeback of 41 unanswered points to win the game. After the game, Vargas was given the nickname, "The Comeback Kid," and would become one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the Wolf Pack.
In 1992, Nevada became the first NCAA football team to win a conference championship in its first Division I-A season. Nevada won the 1992 Big West Conference title after beating Utah State in the final conference game of the season. Led by Vargas again coming off the bench, Nevada came from behind late in the 4th quarter to win, 48-47.
On October 14, 2007, the Wolf Pack and the Boise State Broncos would play in a historic game, setting a new NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for total points scored with 136. Boise State won the game 69-67 in the second half of the fourth overtime period, when Broncos LB Tim Brady stopped Nevada's freshman QB Colin Kaepernick on the mandatory two-point conversion attempt.
In 2010, Nevada would only lose one game against Hawaii on its way to a 13-1 record beating ranked California and Boise State teams, along with beating BYU on the road and Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Led by Colin Kaepernick, Nevada would win a share of its first WAC title since 2005, and would ruin #4 Boise State's certain invitation to a BCS game.
On August 18, 2010, Nevada accepted an invitation to the Mountain West Conference along with Fresno State. Nevada and Fresno State are scheduled to leave the WAC and start play in the Mountain West Conference in 2012. Both programs will join Boise State who is also leaving the WAC for the Mountain West in 2011. The move to the Mountain West will place Nevada in the same conference as in-state rival UNLV for the first time since 1995.
In 2012, Nevada left the WAC and moved to the Mountain West Conference (MW), along with fellow WAC member Fresno State, as part of the 2010–13 Mountain West Conference realignment. This move was influenced by Boise State's entrance, the increased strength of schedule, and the intensity of Nevada's rivalries.
Rivalry with Boise State
Nevada has a long-standing rivalry with Boise State. The rivalry with Boise State does not seem to contain the same amount of bitterness as Nevada's rivalry against UNLV. However, many feel that this has become a more meaningful, and more important rivalry for the Wolf Pack since UNLV has become somewhat irrelevant in football over the past few years.
Some of the most important games in the history of both programs have been played against each other. In 1990, Nevada won the Big Sky Championship with an overall season record of 13-2. Nevada's only regular season loss was a 30-14 conference loss to the Broncos in Boise. Nevada and Boise State would both go on to the Division I-AA playoffs. The two teams met in the 1990 Division I-AA semifinals in Reno for a rematch of their earlier battle that year. With the winner going to the championship, the game took 3 overtime sessions. Nevada fullback Ray Whalen scored the decisive touchdown in the third overtime with an 8-yard run into the end zone. Nevada's defense held Boise State after the score on their turn during the alternating overtime sessions. This game was the second game in a row that Nevada needed 3 overtime periods to finish the game. (Nevada had defeated Furman the week prior in a triple overtime game.) There have been no other games postseason games played between the two teams to date. Nevada would go on to lose in the finals to Georgia Southern by a score of 36-13 in Statesboro, Georgia.
In 2006, Nevada and Boise State would meet in Reno in Boise State's final regular season game. Boise State won the game, giving the Broncos a berth into the Fiesta Bowl. This would be Boise State's first BCS bowl game, where they would go on to beat Oklahoma in dramatic fashion. In 2010, the two teams met for another meaningful game near the end of the season. Nevada beat Boise State in another dramatic overtime game, ending the Broncos' chances of playing in the Rose Bowl.
Rivalry with UNLV
The Nevada and UNLV Football programs have a strong disdain for each other. The in-state rivalry started in 1969, and has only not been played a few years during the 1980s. Nevada currently maintains an overall 24-17 lead in the series after falling at home 23-17 in the most recent match-up, and holds the series record of 8 consecutive victories. The Fremont Cannon was introduced as the rivalry trophy in 1970 by Bill Ireland, who attended Nevada and was UNLV's first football coach.
Unlike the Rivalry with Boise State, the Fremont Cannon rivalry has lacked many games of importance. Nevada and UNLV have spent many years in different conferences. The mid-90's being the exception when both schools were in the Big West. This time period also marks where a lot of the bitterness between the two schools came from. Nevada had just moved to the Big West from Division I-AA, and had enjoyed success after winning a conference title in 1992. After his first coaching retirement, Chris Ault was replaced by Jeff Horton as the head coach in 1993. After one season Horton left for the same position at rival UNLV. Chris Ault would return to the Nevada sideline to coach Nevada in 1994 and 1995 until he could find another coach. In 1994 UNLV and Nevada would go on to become co-champions of the Big West, but UNLV won the head to head game against Nevada sending them to the post season bowl game. The next season the game was marred by pre and post game fights between both teams, and with many fights between fans in the stands. Nevada would go on to win the game and the conference title outright. Since then the rivalry has lost some of its luster, but as of 2012 Nevada and UNLV became members of the same conference once again.
The Fremont Cannon is the largest and most expensive trophy in the all of college football. Nevada had kept the Cannon for 8 straight years, 2005-2012, until UNLV beat the Wolf Pack in Mackay Stadium in 2013. Nevada would go on to reclaim the Cannon in Sam Boyd Stadium on November 29th, 2014, beating the Rebels 49-27. Nevada is the current holder of the Cannon.
- 27 -- Frank Hawkins played four seasons with the Wolf Pack (1977–80) as a running back, was a three-time All-American (Division I-AA), and led Division I-AA in rushing twice. Selected in the tenth round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, he played seven seasons with the Raiders and was a member of the 1984 team that won Super Bowl XVIII. He rushed for 5,333 yards at Nevada and also had 11 consecutive games in a season with at least 100 rushing yards per game. He would be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
- 41 -- Marion Motley played three seasons with the Wolf Pack (1940–42)  and has been considered by many as "The Jackie Robinson of Football." Motley was one of four black players to break professional football's color barrier when he signed with the Cleveland Browns in 1946, and helped lead the Browns to four straight AAFC titles and the 1950 NFL title in their first year in the league. Motley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 and was selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994.
The winningest coach in school history is Chris Ault. He was the head coach for Nevada for 28 seasons and was involved with Nevada football for 40 years before stepping down as head coach after the 2012 season. He coached for 3 stints (1976–92, 1994–95, and 2004–12). His record as Nevada head coach ended at 233 wins, 109 losses, and 1 tie. Ault won 10 conference titles in the Big Sky, Big West and Western Athletic Conference. Perhaps his only negative flaw was his 2-8 bowl record. Ault brought popularity to the is Pistol Offense when he implemented it after returning to the sideline during the 2004 season. Since then, the Pistol Offense has been used by multiple teams at every level of football including the NFL. Ault also served as the Nevada Athletics Director from 1986-2004, and played quarterback for Nevada from 1965 to 1967. In 2002, Ault was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The field at Mackay Stadium was named Chris Ault Field in 2013 in appreciation for his numerous accomplishments.
1923 Cal game: A game that will always be remembered in Nevada football history was the improbable 0-0 tie against California in 1923. Cal entered the game in the midst of a 50-game undefeated streak, 3 consecutive national championships, 4 consecutive conference championships, and two consecutive Rose Bowl appearances. The team was so dominant it was known as the "Wonder Team."  The fact that the Wolf Pack, a much smaller program from a lower division, held powerhouse Cal scoreless in Berkeley makes this final score one of the most interesting in college football history. Cal would go on to finish the season with a 9-0-1 record, and claims 1923 as one of their national championship years.
Nevada-23 UNLV-14 on September 16, 1978: Nevada had not beaten UNLV in 4 straight tries, and was a 20 point underdog with the game being played in Las Vegas in 1978. Nevada would outplay the Rebels however, and go on to win 23-14. The story that came after the game is what makes the victory remembered by Wolf Pack alumni and fans. Chris Ault convinced the airport security to let the team disassemble the Fremont Cannon so that the team could bring it back to Reno on the plane. Nevada running back Frank Hawkins carried the barrel of the cannon onto the plane. Chris Ault would tell this story during the week of the UNLV game to get his players fired up.
Nevada-59 Boise State-52 (F/3OT) on December 8, 1990: Nevada and Boise State met for the second time in 1990 for the semi-final of the 1990 NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship. Nevada had lost to Boise State earlier that year in a conference game 30-14. The Wolf Pack would play 3 overtimes periods for the second playoff game in a row, and would win 59-52 after running back Ray Whalen scored a touchdown. Nevada would go on to lose to Georgia Southern in the National Championship game the following week. This is still the only postseason game ever played between these two schools.
Nevada-55 Weber State-49 on November 2, 1991: Nevada recorded the largest come from behind victory in Division 1 NCAA history when it beat Weber State 55-49 in 1991. Nevada was down by 35 points at halftime when QB Fred Gatlin was replaced by Chris Vargas. Nevada would go on the score at will and only allow one touchdown by Weber State the entire second half. Nevada would go on to win the 1991 Big Sky Championship. Michigan State tied the record 35 point comeback when they beat Northwestern in 2006, and became the first school to do so in the FBS subdivision.
Nevada-48 Utah State-47 on November 14, 1992: Nevada would beat Utah State after a late 4th quarter comeback. Nevada was losing by 23 points with just over 5 minutes left when QB Chris Vargas would lead them to a one-point, 48-47 victory. The win clinched the Big West Conference title for Nevada in their first season after joining Division 1-A. Nevada was the first program to win a conference title during their first year in the FBS (Division 1-A), after entering the subdivision from a lower subdivision.
Nevada-38 Fresno State-35 on November 26, 2005: Fresno State was ranked number 16 in the nation, and just came off a narrow defeat at the hands of the eventual National Champion USC Trojans. Nevada would take and early lead that it would only relinquish for a very short time in the 3rd quarter. Back-up running back Robert Hubbard had a standout game, as Nevada would recover a late Fresno State on-sides kick attempt to seal the 38-35 victory, and Nevada's first WAC Championship. This was also Nevada's first conference championship in 8 years.
Blue Friday: On November 26, 2010, #19 ranked Nevada faced #3 AP (#4 BCS) ranked Boise State in Reno, a matchup hyped as the biggest sporting event in Reno for the last 100 years. Boise State had the nation's longest winning streak at 24 games, and were trying to jump Oregon in the BCS poll to have a shot at the national title with a win against Nevada. At the start of the 2nd half, Nevada was trailing 24-7 but mounted a comeback when Nevada senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick scored an 18-yard rushing touchdown in the 3rd quarter, cutting the lead to 24-14. In the 4th quarter, the Wolf Pack scored a rushing touchdown when receiver Rishard Matthews broke through the defense on a reverse to cut it to 24-21. On the next Wolf Pack possession, Nevada kicker Anthony Martinez tied the game 24-24 with a 23-yard field goal. Boise State would answer with a quick touchdown, when Kellen Moore hit Doug Martin on a screen for a 79-yard touchdown pass to go up 31-24. With 4:53 remaining in the game, Kaepernick led the Wolf Pack on a 14-play drive capping off with a touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews to tie the game at 31-31 with 13 seconds remaining. Kellen Moore then completed a Hail Mary pass downfield to the Nevada 9-yard line with 2 seconds left, but Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman missed a 26-Yard field goal as time expired in regulation. In overtime, Brotzman missed a 29-yard field goal during the Broncos' turn on offense during the first overtime. When Nevada got its turn on offense, Anthony Martinez kicked a 34-yard field goal to give Nevada the biggest win in the history of the program, and knocking Boise State out of BCS title and Rose Bowl contention. Nevada would go on to win a share of the 2010 WAC title 8 days later after beating Louisiana Tech 35-17.
List of Bowl games
|January 1, 1948||Salad Bowl||North Texas||Won, 13–6|
|January 1, 1949||Harbor Bowl||Villanova||Loss, 7-27|
|December 18, 1992||Las Vegas Bowl||Bowling Green||Loss, 34–35|
|December 14, 1995||Las Vegas Bowl||Toledo||Loss, 37–40 OT|
|December 18, 1996||Las Vegas Bowl||Ball State||Won, 18–15|
|December 24, 2005||Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl||Central Florida||Won, 49–48 OT|
|December 31, 2006||MPC Computers Bowl||Miami (FL)||Loss, 20–21|
|December 22, 2007||New Mexico Bowl||New Mexico||Loss, 0–23|
|December 30, 2008||Roady's Humanitarian Bowl||Maryland||Loss, 35–42|
|December 24, 2009||Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl||SMU||Loss, 10–45|
|January 9, 2011||Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl||Boston College||Won, 20–13|
|December 24, 2011||Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl||Southern Miss||Loss, 17–24|
|December 15, 2012||Gildan New Mexico Bowl||Arizona||Loss, 48–49|
|December 20, 2014||R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl||Louisiana–Lafayette||Loss, 3–16|
|Season||Conference||Season Record||Conference Record|
|1932||Far West Conference||3-3-2||2-0-1 (Co-Champions with San José State)|
|1933||Far West Conference||4-4-0||3-0-0|
|1939||Far West Conference||5-4-0||3-0-0|
|1983||Big Sky Conference||9-5-0||6-1-0|
|1986||Big Sky Conference||13-1-0||7-0-0|
|1990||Big Sky Conference||13-2-0||7-1-0|
|1991||Big Sky Conference||12-1-0||8-0-0|
|1992||Big West Conference||7-5-0||5-1-0|
|1994||Big West Conference||9-2-0||5-1-0 (Tri-Champions with Southwestern Louisiana and UNLV)|
|1995||Big West Conference||9-3-0||6-0-0|
|1996||Big West Conference||9-3||4-1 (Co-Champions with Utah State)|
|1997||Big West Conference||5-6||4-1 (Co-Champions with Utah State)|
|2005||WAC||9-3||7-1 (Co-Champions with Boise State)|
|2010||WAC||13-1||7-1 (Tri-Champions with Boise State and Hawaiʻi)|
Records Against MWC Teams
|Air Force||1-2||.333||Lost 1|
|Boise State||13-28||.317||Lost 4|
|Colorado State||2-11||.153||Lost 2|
|Fresno State||18-27-1||.400||Lost 3|
|New Mexico||2-2-1||.500||Won 2|
|San Diego State||3-4||.428||Won 1|
|San José State||18-8-2||.692||Won 6|
|Utah State||17-5||.772||Lost 1|
Future Non-Conference Opponents
|2016||2017||2018||2019||2020||2021 or 2022|
|Sept. 3 vs Cal Poly||Sept. 2 at Washington State||Sept. 1 vs TBD||Aug. 31 vs Purdue||Sept. 19 vs South Florida||TBD at Idaho|
|Sept. 10 at Notre Dame||Sept. 9 vs Toledo||Sept. 8 at Washington||Sept. 7 at Oregon|
|Sept. 17 vs Buffalo||Sept. 16 at Oregon State||Sept. 15 vs Oregon State|
|Sept. 24 at Purdue||Sept. 30 vs Idaho||Sept. 22 at Toledo|
NCAA FBS Records
FBS Individual Records
MOST PLAYERS ON THE SAME TEAM, REACHING 2,000 CAREER RUSHING YARDS IN THE SAME SEASON
THREE PLAYERS ON THE SAME TEAM, EACH GAINING 1,000 RUSHING YARDS OR MORE, IN A SEASON
TWO PLAYERS ON THE SAME TEAM, EACH GAINING 1,000 RUSHING YARDS OR MORE, IN A SEASON
Nevada (2008-10) is the only team to have the same two players with 1,000 yards or more in 3 consecutive years. Nevada (2008-09), Nevada (2009-10), and 4 other teams are the only teams to have the same two players with 1,000 yards or more in consecutive years.
MOST RUSHING YARDS GAINED BY TWO PLAYERS ON THE SAME TEAM, IN A CAREER
MOST PASSING YARDS GAINED BY A FRESHMAN, IN A GAME
MOST PASSING YARDS GAINED BY A FRESHMAN, IN A SEASON (PER GAME)
361.0—David Neill, Nevada, 1998 (3,249 in 9 games)
MOST PASSING YARDS GAINED PER ATTEMPT, IN A GAME (min. 25 attempts)
MOST TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS GAINED BY A FRESHMAN, IN A GAME
GAINING 1,000 YARDS RUSHING AND 2,000 YARDS PASSING, IN A SEASON
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 2010, Sr. (1,206 rushing and 3,022 passing)
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 2008, So. (1,130 rushing and 2,849 passing)
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, 2012, So. (1,121 rushing and 2,786 passing)
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, 2014, Sr. (1,046 rushing and 2,498 passing)
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 2009, Jr. (1,183 rushing and 2,052 passing)
Nevada has the most seasons with a player gaining at least 1,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards passing in a season.
QUARTERBACK GAINING 2,000 YARDS RUSHING AND 4,000 YARDS PASSING, IN A CAREER
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 2007-10 (4,112 rushing and 10,098 passing)
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, 2011-14 (3,482 rushing and 9,659 passing)
Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick is the first and only QB to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in a FBS career.
SCORING 200 POINTS AND PASSING FOR 200 POINTS, IN A CAREER
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 2007-10 (362 scoring and 492 passing)
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, 2011-2014 (264 scoring and 342 passing)
RUSHED FOR 40 TOUCHDOWNS AND PASSED FOR 40 TOUCHDOWNS, IN A CAREER
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 2007-10 (59 rushing TDs and 82 passing TDs)
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, 2011-2014 (44 rushing TDs and 57 passing TDs)
MOST RECEIVING YARDS GAINED, IN A SEASON
2,060—Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999 (caught 134 passes)
MOST RECEIVING YARDS GAINED, IN A SEASON (PER GAME)
187.3—Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999 (2,060 yards in 11 games)
MOST RECEIVING YARDS GAINED, IN A CAREER
5,005—Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1996-99 (caught 298 passes)
MOST RECEIVING YARDS GAINED, IN A CAREER (AVG. PER GAME) (min. 2,200 yards)
140.9—Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, 1994-95 (3,100 yards in 22 games)
MOST GAMES GAINING 100 RECEIVING YARDS OR MORE, IN A CAREER
26—Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1996–99
MOST GAMES GAINING 200 RECEIVING YARDS OR MORE, IN A SEASON
6—Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999
MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES GAINING 200 RECEIVING YARDS OR MORE, IN A SEASON
3—Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999; tied with 1 other.
MOST RECEIVING YARDS GAINED IN A GAME WITHOUT SCORING A TOUCHDOWN
MOST TOUCHDOWNS SCORED, IN A GAME (vs. Major-College Opponent)
SCORING 20 TOUCHDOWNS BY RUSHING AND RECEIVING, AND PASSING FOR 20 TOUCHDOWNS, IN A SEASON
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 2010 (20 rushing, 21 passing); tied with 5 others.
FBS Team Records
MOST PLAYERS ON ONE TEAM EACH GAINING 100 RUSHING YARDS OR MORE, IN A GAME
MOST PASSING YARDS GAINED PER ATTEMPT, IN A GAME (min. 30 attempts) 17.0—Nevada vs. Idaho, Oct. 24, 1998 (35 for 596)
MOST TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS GAINED, BOTH TEAMS, IN A GAME
1,640—San José State (849) & Nevada (791), Nov. 10, 2001 (168 plays)
MOST POINTS SCORED BY A LOSING TEAM (OVERTIME), IN A GAME
67—Nevada vs. Boise State (69), Oct. 14, 2007 (4OT)
MOST POINTS, BOTH TEAMS, IN AN OVERTIME GAME
136—Boise State (69) & Nevada (67), Oct. 14, 2007 (4OT)
MOST KICKOFF RETURNS, IN A GAME
14—Arizona State vs. Nevada, Oct. 12, 1946
HIGHEST AVERAGE GAIN PER RUSH, IN A SEASON (min. 500 rushes)
7.39—Nevada, 2009 (607 rushes for 4,484 yards)
FBS All-Time Leaders on Offense
CAREER RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
9th all-time: Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, QB, 2007–10, 59 TDs in 51 games
24th all-time: Chris Lemon, Nevada, 1996–99, 52 TDs in 44 games
FRESHMAN 1,000-YARD RUSHERS
Chance Kretschmer, Nevada, 2001 (1,732 yards)
Matt Milton, Nevada, 2002 (1,108 yards)
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: RUSHING
2001—Chance Kretschmer, Nevada, Fr. (11 games, 302 carries, 1,732 rushing yards, 157.5 yds/game)
QUARTERBACK RUSHING YARDS, IN A GAME (since 2000)
QUARTERBACK RUSHING YARDS, IN A CAREER
5th all-time: Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 2007-10 (51 games, 600 carries, 4,112 yards, 59 TDs, 80.6 yds/game)
10th all-time: Cody Fajardo, Nevada, 2011-14 (45 games, 636 carries, 3,482 yards, 44 TDs, 77.4 yds/game)
ALL-PURPOSE YARDS PER GAME, IN A SEASON
17th all-time: Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, 1995 (11 games, 6 rushing yards, 1,854 receiving yards, 583 kickoff return yards, 2,443 all-purpose yards, 222.1 yds/game)
ALL-PURPOSE YARDS PER GAME, IN A CAREER (min. 3,500 yards; non-active players)
7th all-time: Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, 1994-95 (22 games, 7 rushing yards, 3,100 receiving yards, 5 punt return yards, 1,034 kickoff return yards, 4,146 all-purpose yards, 188.5 yds/game)
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: ALL-PURPOSE YARDS
1999—Trevor Insley, Nevada, Sr. (5 rushing yards, 2,060 receiving yards, 111 punt return yards, 2,176 all-purpose yards, 197.8 yds/game)
SINGLE-GAME PASSING YARDS
SINGLE-GAME PASSING ATTEMPTS
PASSING YARDS PER GAME, IN A SEASON
11th all-time: Mike Maxwell, Nevada, 1995 (9 games, 277 of 409 passing, 17 Int., .677 Pct., 3,611 yards, 33 TDs, 401.2 yds/game)
19th all-time: Chris Vargas, Nevada, 1993 (11 games, 331 of 490 passing, 18 Int., .676 Pct., 4,265 yards, 34 TDs, 387.7 yds/game)
PASSING YARDS PER GAME, IN A CAREER (min. 6,000 yards; non-active players)
11th all-time: Chris Vargas, Nevada, 1992-93 (20 games, 502 of 806 passing, 34 Int., .623 Pct., 6,359 yards, 47 TDs, 318.0 yds/game)
ANNUAL PASSING EFFICIENCY LEADERS (min. 11 attempts per game)
1946—Bill Mackrides, Nevada, 176.9
1948—Stan Heath, Nevada, 157.2
ANNUAL PASSING EFFICIENCY LEADERS (min. 15 attempts per game)
1948—Stan Heath, Nevada, 157.2
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: PASSING
1948—Stan Heath, Nevada, Sr. (126 of 222 passing, 9 Int., .568 Pct., 2,005 yards, 22 TDs)
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS PER GAME, IN A SEASON
12th all-time: Mike Maxwell, Nevada, 1995 (9 games, 443 plays, 3,623 yards, 34 TDR, 402.6 yds/game)
16th all-time: Chris Vargas, Nevada, 1993 (11 games, 535 plays, 4,332 yards, 35 TDR, 393.8 yds/game)
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS, IN A CAREER
11th all-time: Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 2007-10 (1,871 plays, 4,112 rushing, 10,098 passing, 14,210 total yards, 7.59 yds/play)
18th all-time: Cody Fajardo, Nevada, 2011-14 (1,984 plays, 3,482 rushing, 9,659 passing, 13,141 total yards, 6.62 yds/play)
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS PER GAME, IN A CAREER (min. 5,500 yards; non-active players)
8th all-time: Chris Vargas, Nevada, 1992-93 (20 games, 872 plays, 6,417 yards, 48 TDR, 320.9 yds/game)
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: TOTAL OFFENSE
1948—Stan Heath, Nevada, Sr. (233 plays, -13 rushing, 2,005 passing, 1,992 total yards)
1993—Chris Vargas, Nevada, Sr. (11 games, 535 plays, 67 rushing, 4,265 passing, 4,332 total yards, 393.8 yds/game)
1994—Mike Maxwell, Nevada, Jr. (11 games, 477 plays, -39 rushing, 3,537 passing, 3,498 total yards, 318.0 yds/game)
1995—Mike Maxwell, Nevada, Sr. (9 games, 443 plays, 12 rushing, 3,611 passing, 3,623 total yards, 402.6 yds/game)
20th all-time: Geoff Noisy, 18 receptions, Nevada vs. Arkansas State on Nov. 16, 1996; tied with 15 others
20th all-time: Geoff Noisy, 18 receptions, Nevada vs. Oregon on Sept. 13, 1997; tied with 15 others
SINGLE-GAME RECEIVING YARDS
23rd all-time: Geoff Noisy, 296 yards, Nevada vs. Utah State on Nov. 9, 1996
5th all-time: Nate Burleson, Nevada, 2002 (12 games, 138 receptions, 1,629 yards, 12 TDs)
7th all-time: Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999 (11 games, 134 receptions, 2,060 yards, 13 TDs)
11th all-time: Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, 1995 (11 games, 129 receptions, 1,854 yards, 16 TDs)
22th all-time: Damond Wilkins, Nevada, 1996 (11 games, 114 receptions, 1,121 yards, 4 TDs)
SEASON RECEPTIONS PER GAME
3rd all-time: Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999 (11 games, 134 receptions, 2,060 yards, 13 TDs, 12.18 rec/game)
5th all-time: Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, 1995 (11 games, 129 receptions, 1,854 yards, 16 TDs, 11.73 rec/game)
7th all-time: Nate Burleson, Nevada, 2002 (12 games, 138 receptions, 1,629 yards, 12 TDs, 11.50 rec/game)
9th all-time: Damond Wilkins, Nevada, 1996 (11 games, 114 receptions, 1,121 yards, 4 TDs, 10.36 rec/game)
SEASON RECEIVING YARDS
1st all-time: Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999 (11 games, 134 receptions, 2,060 yards, 187.3 yds/game, 13 TDs)
6th all-time: Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, 1995 (11 games, 129 receptions, 1,854 yards, 168.5 yds/game, 16 TDs)
SEASON RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME
1st all-time: Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999, Sr. (11 games, 134 receptions, 2,060 yards, 13 TDs, 187.3 yds/game)
2nd all-time: Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, 1995, Sr. (11 games, 129 receptions, 1,854 yards, 16 TDs, 168.5 yds/game)
23rd all-time: Bryan Reeves, Nevada, 1993, Sr. (10 games, 91 receptions, 1,362 yards, 17 TDs, 136.2 yds/game)
25th all-time: Nate Burleson, Nevada, 2002, Sr. (12 games, 138 receptions, 1,629 yards, 12 TDs, 135.8 yds/game)
13th all-time: Trevor Insley, Nevada,1996-99 (44 games, 298 receptions, 5,005 yards, 113.8 yds/game, 35 TDs)
15th all-time: Geoff Noisy, Nevada, 1995-98 (40 games, 295 receptions, 4,249 yards, 106.2 yds/game, 21 TDs)
CAREER RECEPTIONS PER GAME (min. 140 receptions; non-active players)
2nd all-time: Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, 1994-95 (22 games, 227 receptions, 3,100 yards, 26 TDs, 10.32 rec/game)
8th all-time: Bryan Reeves, Nevada, 1992-93 (21 games, 172 receptions, 2,476 yards, 27 TDs, 8.19 rec/game)
12th all-time: Nate Burleson, Nevada, 2000-02 (32 games, 248 receptions, 3,293 yards, 22 TDs, 7.75 rec/game)
17th all-time: Geoff Noisy, Nevada, 1995-98 (40 games, 295 receptions, 4,249 yards, 21 TDs, 7.38 rec/game)
CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
1st all-time: Trevor Insley, Nevada,1996-99 (44 games, 298 receptions, 5,005 yards, 113.8 yds/game, 35 TDs)
11th all-time: Geoff Noisy, Nevada, 1995-98 (40 games, 295 receptions, 4,249 yards, 106.2 yds/game, 21 TDs)
CAREER RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME (min. 2,200 yards; non-active players)
1st all-time: Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, 1994-95 (22 games, 227 receptions, 3,100 yards, 140.9 yds/game, 26 TDs)
7th all-time: Bryan Reeves, Nevada, 1992-93 (21 games, 172 receptions, 2,476 yards, 117.9 yds/game, 27 TDs)
9th all-time: Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1996-99 (44 games, 298 receptions, 5,005 yards, 113.8 yds/game, 35 TDs)
15th all-time: Geoff Noisy, Nevada, 1995-98 (40 games, 295 receptions, 4,249 yards, 106.2 yds/game, 21 TDs)
19th all-time: Nate Burleson, Nevada, 2000-02 (32 games, 248 receptions, 3,293 yards, 102.9 yds/game, 22 TDs)
CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS
25th all-time: Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1996-99 (44 games, 35 TDs); tied with 4 others.
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: RECEPTIONS PER GAME
1994—Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, Jr. (11 games, 98 receptions, 8.9 rec/game, 1,246 yards, 10 TDs)
1995—Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, Sr. (11 games, 129 receptions, 11.7 rec/game, 1,854 yards, 16 TDs)
1996—Damond Wilkins, Nevada, Sr. (11 games, 114 receptions, 10.4 rec/game, 1,121 yards, 4 TDs)
1999—Trevor Insley, Nevada, Sr. (11 games, 134 receptions, 12.2 rec/game, 2,060 yards, 13 TDs)
2002—Nate Burleson, Nevada, Sr. (12 games, 138 receptions, 11.5 rec/game, 1,629 yards, 12 TDs)
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME
1995—Alex Van Dyke, Nevada, Sr. (11 games, 129 receptions, 1,854 yards, 168.6 yds/game, 16 TDs)
1999—Trevor Insley, Nevada, Sr. (11 games, 134 receptions, 2,060 yards, 187.3 yds/game, 13 TDs)
12th all-time: Chance Kretschmer, 36 points, Nevada vs. UTEP, Nov. 24, 2001; tied with 31 others.
CAREER POINTS (non-kickers)
16th all-time: Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, QB, 2007-10 (60 TDs, 2 Extra pts, 362 points)
FBS All-Time Leaders on Defense
SINGLE-GAME TOTAL TACKLES (since 2000)
3rd all-time: Albert Rosette, 25 tackles, Nevada vs. Air Force, Oct. 26, 2012; tied with 3 others (one tackle short of FBS record)
CAREER TACKLES FOR LOSS
8th all-time: Dontay Moch, Nevada, 2006-10 (54 games, 55 solo tackles, 16 assisted, 63.0 total tackles)
SINGLE-GAME PASS SACKS (since 2000)
CAREER PASS SACKS
24th all-time: Dontay Moch, Nevada, 2007-10 (54 games, 27 solo sacks, 6 assisted, 30.0 total sacks)
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: PASSES DEFENDED
2011—Isaiah Frey, Nevada (13 games,16 PBU, 5 Int, 21 Total, 1.62 PD/game); tied with 1 other.
FBS All-Time Leaders on Special Teams
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: KICKOFF RETURNS
1949—Johnny Subda, Nevada, Sr. (18 KR, 444 yards, 24.7 yds/return)
SINGLE-GAME BLOCKED FIELD GOALS
1st all-time: Chris Barry, 2 BFG, Nevada vs. Washington, Oct. 11, 2003; tied with 20 others.
FBS All-Time Longest Plays
Since 1941, the official maximum length of all plays is fixed at 100 yards.
1st all-time: 100+ yards, Johnny Ohrt, Nevada vs. Willamette, 1936; tied with over 345 others.
FBS All-Time Team Season Leaders and Annual Team Champions
ALL-TIME SEASON LEADERS: PASSING YARDS PER GAME
12th all-time: Nevada, 1995 (11 games, 337 of 509 attempted, .662 Pct., 22 Int., 4,579 yards, 39 TDs, 416.3 yds/game)
23rd all-time: Nevada, 1993 (11 games, 343 of 516 attempted, .665 Pct., 19 Int., 4,373 yards, 34 TDs, 397.5 yds/game)
ALL-TIME SEASON LEADERS: TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS PER GAME
13th all-time: Nevada, 1995 (11 games, 917 plays, 6,263 yards, 63 TDs, 569.4 yds/game)
14th all-time: Nevada, 1993 (11 games, 955 plays, 6,260 yards, 56 TDs, 569.1 yds/game)
ANNUAL TEAM CHAMPIONS: RUSHING OFFENSE
2009—Nevada (344.9 avg. rushing)
ANNUAL TEAM CHAMPIONS: PASSING OFFENSE
1946—Nevada, 198.1 avg. passing
1948—Nevada, 255.0 avg. passing
1993—Nevada, 397.5 avg. passing
1995—Nevada, 416.3 avg. passing
1997—Nevada, 370.2 avg. passing
ANNUAL TEAM CHAMPIONS: TOTAL OFFENSE
1948—Nevada, 487.0 avg. total
1993—Nevada, 569.1 avg. total
1995—Nevada, 569.4 avg. total
1996—Nevada, 527.3 avg. total
ANNUAL TEAM CHAMPIONS: SCORING OFFENSE
1948—Nevada, 44.4 avg. scoring
TEAM SINGLE-SEASON HIGHS: MOST VICTORIES (inc. postseason games)
7th all-time: Nevada, 2010, 13 victories (one short of FBS record); tied with 29 others.
FBS Winningest Decades, National Poll and BCS Rankings
RECORDS IN THE 1990s BY PERCENTAGE
18th overall: Nevada, 80-39-0, .672 Pct.
RECORDS IN THE 1990s BY VICTORIES
18th overall: Nevada, 80 wins
ASSOCIATED PRESS FINAL POLLS: 2010
11th overall: Nevada (13-1)
USA TODAY FINAL POLLS (COACHES): 2010
13th overall: Nevada (13-1)
2010 FINAL REGULAR-SEASON BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RANKINGS
15th overall: Nevada (.4568 Harris Interactive Pct., .4339 USA Today Pct., .410 Computer Pct., .4336 BCS Avg.)
NCAA FCS Records
Nevada was a part of Division I-AA from 1978–1991. These records still exist as part of the FCS.
FCS Individual Records
MOST RUSHING YARDS GAINED, IN A QUARTER
194—Otto Kelly, Nevada vs. Idaho, Nov. 12, 1983 (3rd quarter, on 8 rushes)
MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES GAINING 100 RUSHING YARDS OR MORE, IN A SEASON
11—Frank Hawkins, Nevada, 1980; tied by 8 others.
MOST POINTS SCORED BY KICKING, CAREER PER GAME
9.1—Tony Zendejas, Nevada, 1981-83 (300 points in 33 games)
MOST FIELD GOALS MADE, IN A GAME QUARTER
MOST FIELD GOALS MADE, IN A GAME HALF
MOST FIELD GOALS MADE, SEASON PER GAME
2.4—Tony Zendejas, Nevada, 1982 (26 FG in 11 games); tied by 1 other.
MOST FIELD GOALS MADE, CAREER PER GAME
2.1—Tony Zendejas, Nevada, 1981-83 (70 FG in 33 games)
MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES KICKING A FIELD GOAL, CAREER
33—Tony Zendejas, Nevada, 1981-83 (at least one in every game played)
MOST FIELD GOALS MADE, 40 YARDS OR MORE, SEASON
12—Marty Zendejas, Nevada, 1985 (15 attempts)
MOST FIELD GOALS MADE, 40 YARDS OR MORE, CAREER
30—Marty Zendejas, Nevada, 1984-87 (45 attempts)
HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF FIELD GOALS MADE, 40 YARDS OR MORE, SEASON (min. 8 made)
90.0%—Marty Zendejas, Nevada, 1985 (9 of 10 attempted)
HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF FIELD GOALS MADE, 40 YARDS OR MORE, CAREER (min. 12 made)
72.0%—Tony Zendejas, Nevada, 1981-83 (18 of 25 attempted)
HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF FIELD GOALS MADE, UNDER 40 YARDS, CAREER (min. 25 made)
93.3%—Marty Zendejas, Nevada, 1984-87 (42 of 45 attempted)
MOST FIELD GOALS MADE BY A FRESHMAN, SEASON
22—Marty Zendejas, Nevada, 1984 (27 attempts)
FCS Team Records
MOST FIELD GOALS MADE IN A GAME, BOTH TEAMS
9—Nevada (5) & Northern Arizona (4) on Oct. 9, 1982 (12 attempts)
9—Nevada (5) & Weber State (4) on Nov. 6, 1982 (11 attempts, 3OT); tied by 1 other.
MOST FIELD GOALS MADE PER GAME IN A SEASON
2.36—Nevada, 1982 (26 FG in 11 games); tied by 1 other.
FEWEST TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED BY PASSING, SEASON
1—Nevada, 1978; tied by 2 others.
MOST POINTS OVERCOME IN SECOND HALF TO WIN A GAME
35—Nevada (55) vs. Weber State (49) on Nov. 2, 1991 (trailed 49-14 with 12:16 remaining in 3rd quarter)
FCS All-Time Leaders on Offense
CAREER RUSHING YARDS
15th all-time: Frank Hawkins, Nevada, 1977-80 (945 carries, 5,333 yards, 5.64 yds/carry, 50 longest)
CAREER RUSHING TOUCHDOWN
25th all-time: Charvez Foger, Nevada, 1985-88 (42 games, 52 TDs)
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: RUSHING
1978—Frank Hawkins, Nevada, So. (10 games, 259 carries, 1,445 yards, 144.5 yds/game)
1979—Frank Hawkins, Nevada, Jr. (11 games, 293 carries, 1,683 yards, 153.0 yds/game)
1980—Frank Hawkins, Nevada, Sr. (11 games, 307 carries, 1,719 yards, 156.3 yds/game)
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: ALL-PURPOSE YARDS
1978—Frank Hawkins, Nevada, So. (1,445 rushing yds, 211 receiving yds, 1,656 total yards, 165.6 yds/game)
1979—Frank Hawkins, Nevada, Jr. (1,683 rushing yds, 123 receiving yds, 1,806 total yards, 164.2 yds/game)
SINGLE-GAME RECEIVING YARDS
CAREER RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME (min. 2,000 yards; non-active players)
23rd all-time: Bryan Calder, Nevada, 1984-86 (28 games, 2,559 yards, 91.4 yds/game)
CAREER POINTS (non-kickers)
21st all-time: Charvez Foger, Nevada, 1985-88 (60 TDs, 2 extra pts, 362 total points)
CAREER POINTS (kickers)
4th all-time: Marty Zendejas, Nevada, 1984-87 (169 of 175 PAT attempted, 72 of 90 FG attempted, 385 points)
CAREER POINTS PER GAME (min. 225 points; non-active players)
21st all-time: Tony Zendejas, Nevada, 1981-83 (33 games, 90 scored, 70 FG, 300 total points, 9.09 points/game)
Nevada has the only kicker in the top 25 career points per game.
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: SCORING
1978—Frank Hawkins, Nevada, So. (10 games, 17 TDs, 102 points, 10.2 pts/game)
1985—Charvez Foger, Nevada, Fr. (10 games, 18 TDs, 108 points, 10.8 pts/game)
FCS All-Time Leaders on Special Teams
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: PUNTING
1978—Nick Pavich, Nevada, So. (47 punts, 1,939 yards, 41.3 yds/punt)
SEASON FIELD GOALS
3rd all-time: Tony Zendejas, Nevada, 1982 (26 of 33 FG attempts, .788 Pct., 52 longest FG)
13th all-time: Tony Zendejas, Nevada, 1983 (23 of 29 FG attempts, .793 Pct., 58 longest FG)
18th all-time: Marty Zendejas, Nevada, 1984 (22 of 27 FG attempts, .815 Pct., 52 longest FG)
CAREER FIELD GOALS
2nd all-time: Marty Zendejas, Nevada, 1984-87 (72 of 90 FG attempts, .800 Pct., 54 longest FG)
4th all-time: Tony Zendejas, Nevada, 1981-83 (70 of 86 FG attempts, .814 Pct., 58 longest FG)
ANNUAL CHAMPIONS: FIELD GOALS (ranked on per-game average)
1981—Tony Zendejas, Nevada (21 of 24 attempts, 1.9 FG/game, .875 Pct.)
1982—Tony Zendejas, Nevada (26 of 33 attempts, 2.4 FG/game, .788 Pct.)
1983—Tony Zendejas, Nevada (23 of 29 attempts, 2.1 FG/game, .793 Pct.)
1984—Marty Zendejas, Nevada (22 of 27 attempts, 2.0 FG/game, .815 Pct.)
FCS All-Time Longest Plays
Since 1941, the official maximum length of all plays is fixed at 100 yards.
11th all-time: 98 yards, Johnny Gordan, Nevada vs. Montana State, 1984; tied by 1 other
14th all-time: 98 yards, Joe Pizzo to Bryan Calder, Nevada vs. Eastern Washington, 1984; tied with 17 others
FCS All-Time Team Season Leaders and Annual Team Champions
ALL-TIME SEASON LEADERS: SCORING PER GAME
13th all-time: Nevada, 1991 (11 games, 496 points, 45.1 pts/game)
ALL-TIME SEASON LEADERS: SCORING ALLOWED PER GAME
2nd all-time: Nevada, 1978 (12 games, 84 points, 7.00 pts/game)
ANNUAL TEAM CHAMPIONS: TOTAL OFFENSE
1986—Nevada, 492.0 yards/game
ANNUAL TEAM CHAMPIONS: SCORING OFFENSE
1978—Nevada, 35.6 points/game
1986—Nevada, 39.4 points/game
1991—Nevada, 45.1 points/game
FCS Most-Improved Teams and Winningest Teams by Decade
MOST IMPROVED TEAMS
1990—Nevada (4 games improved, from 7-4-0 (in 1989) to 13-2-0 (in 1990), coached by Chris Ault; tied with 1 other team.
RECORDS IN THE 1980’s (playoffs included; by percentage)
6th overall: Nevada, 71-35-1 record, .668 Pct.
FCS National Poll Rankings, Undefeated Teams, Streaks and Rivalries
FINAL POLL LEADERS
1978—Nevada (10-0-0), coached by Chris Ault, 0-1 playoff record (Lost in semifinals)
1986—Nevada (11-0-0), coached by Chris Ault, 2-1 playoff record (Lost in semifinals)
1991—Nevada (11-0-0), coached by Chris Ault, 1-1 playoff record (Lost in quarterfinals)
FINAL POLLS (from the NCAA)
1978—1st overall: Nevada
1979—5th overall: Nevada
1983—11th overall: Nevada
1985—2nd overall: Nevada; tied with [Furman Paladins football|Furman]]
1986—1st overall: Nevada
1989—19th overall: Nevada
1990—4th overall: Nevada
1991—1st overall: Nevada
UNDEFEATED, UNTIED TEAMS
1978—Nevada, 11 wins, lost in playoffs
1986—Nevada, 11 wins, lost in playoffs
1991—Nevada, 11 wins, lost in playoffs; tied with Holy Cross
LONGEST WINNING STREAKS (includes playoff games)
T-25th all-time: 13 games, Nevada, 1986, ended by Georgia Southern (38-48)
LONGEST HOME WINNING STREAKS (includes playoff games)
14th all-time: 22 games, Nevada, 1989–91, ended by Youngstown State
NCAA Division II Records
 Nevada played in Division II through 1945 and 1952-1977.
ANNUAL RECEIVING CHAMPIONS
1957—Tom Whitaker, Nevada, Jr. (40 receptions, 527 yards, 4 TDs)
CAREER PUNTING AVERAGE (minimum 100 punts)
17th all-time: Tom Kolesar, Nevada, 1973-74 (140 punts, 6,032 yards, 43.1 yds/punt)
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