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Nevada-Fresno State Preview Capsule

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 12:19pm  ET

The Associated Press

vs. Nevada (3-5, 2-3 Mountain West) at No. 16 Fresno State (7-0, 4-0), 10:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: Fresno State by 20½.

Series record: Fresno State leads 25-18-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Fresno State, off to its best start since 1991, looks to go 8-0 for the fifth time in school history and first since 1989. That would keep alive the Bulldogs' hopes of reaching a BCS bowl game. Nevada is looking to snap a three-game losing streak.

KEY MATCHUP

Derek Carr vs. Nevada defense. The Wolf Pack have struggled this season against two of the top QBs in the nation in losses to Brett Hundley and UCLA and Jameis Winston and Florida State. Now they get another tough test against Carr, who ranks third nationally with 367.7 yards passing per game and is second with 25 TD passes.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nevada: QB Cody Fajardo. Since returning from a sprained knee, Fajardo is completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 336.8 yards per game, seven TDs and one INT the past four weeks. He has also rushed for 171 yards and two scores in that span. Fajardo did throw his first INT of the season last week against UNLV, ending a streak of 193 passes without an INT.

Fresno State: LB Ejiro Ederaine. Ederaine keyed last week's OT win over San Diego State with his biggest game yet in two years at Fresno State. He had 10 tackles, two sacks and returned a fumble he forced 78 yards for a touchdown. His 4½ tackles for loss in the game, tying the most for any player in a single game this season.

FACTS & FIGURES

Nevada had won four straight in series before losing 52-36 at home last season. ... Wolf Pack WR Brandon Wimberly is second in Mountain West with 61 catches for 622 yards and five TDs. ... Nevada hasn't lost four straight in one season since 2001. ... Fresno State WR Davonte Adams has caught 36 passes for 493 yards and nine TDs the past three games. Adams' 20 TD catches in 27 career games are the most ever for the Bulldogs. ... Fresno State has scored at least 35 points every game this season. ... The Bulldogs have no turnovers in their past two games.


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