There would be no comeback for Cody Fajardo and the Nevada Wolf Pack in the New Orleans Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Nevada offense had its worst performance of the year by being held to just three points, and this is the lowest output since the Wolf Pack scored only seven points against Florida State in 2013.
The Wolf Pack offense was held to 216 yards, which is 200 yards less than the season average of 416 yards per game. Fajardo was not accurate throwing the ball as he completed just 14 of 29 passes for 124 yards, and he had no touchdowns or interceptions. There were a few times Fajardo had wide open Wolf Pack players but he was unable to get the ball in the neighborhood for his receivers to catch the ball.
The running game was no help either. As a team, Nevada rushed for 91 yards and averaged 3.3 yards per attempt. The Louisiana-Lafayette defense had their way against a usually potent Nevada offense. It was fitting, but sad, that the game ended with Fajardo getting sacked on the final two plays.
Louisiana-Lafayette got on the board first with an easy 77-yard drive that went just eight plays that was the games only touchdown. Ragin' Cajuns quarterback Terrance Broadway completed his first two passes on that drive, and he went on to complete his first 14 passes.
The running duo of Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire took advantage of the Nevada front seven by rushing for a combined 169 yards.
Nevada was not completely out of the game and they looked to have a chance in the second half down 10-3. Wolf Pack defensive lineman Lenny Jones sacked and forced Broadway to fumble the ball. That defensive play felt like the Wolf Pack would be embarking on one of its famous comeback attempts they are famously known for, but the offense failed to capitalize on that defensive play by punting seven plays later.
Nevada also had a chance to make it a seven-point game as they drove down the field and made it to the Ragin' Cajuns 35-yard line, but on 3rd-and-10 a pass play was called and it was an incomplete throw. Instead of trying to run the ball for a few yards to give a better shot at a field goal, Nevada went for it on fourth down and ultimately turned the ball over.
That sums up the game for Nevada, missed chances and poor execution.