Pounded by the pistol: Nevada racks up yards in 31-24 win over Cal

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Pounded by the pistol: Nevada racks up yards in 31-24 win over Cal

Nevada rolled up 450 yards of offense against the Cal defense. The Wolfpack had drives of nine, 12, 12, 14 and 16 plays. Linebacker Chris McCain attributed that dominance to a no huddle attack that kept the pace of play brisk.

They (Nevada) were moving fast, McCain said. They didnt huddle a lot. They were always looking to the sidelines.

In a timeout or whenever there was a timeout, they probably talked, Were going to do this play first and then the next play.' There was one time, they hiked the ball, and we were still looking at the sideline for a play.While the brisk pace may have been one problem for Cal, they admitted after the game a lack of discipline may have been a bigger problemespecially against a triple-option offense that depends heavily on shell-game style slight of hand.You have to stop the dive, and you have to stop the quarterback on the edge and you have to stop the pitch, Coach Jeff Tedford said.Tedford cited the 49-yard touchdown run by Wolfpack quarterback Cody Fajardo to end the first quarter as a glaring example of the hesitation and indecision the triple option can cause.What happened on that play, Tedford said is the guy responsible for the quarterback got undisciplined with his eyes and started getting into making another playwhich wasnt his responsibility.MAYNARD BENCHEDDid you hear? Maynards not starting! If I had a dollar for everytime I heard that phrase in the press box before game time, Id buy myself something fancy!Backup Allan Bridgford started in place of starter Zach Maynard against Nevada. Bridgford went 1-of-8 for 8 yards in his three series under center before giving way to Maynard. After the game, we learned the following about what happened here:--Coach Jeff Tedford said that he made the decision to bench Maynard for this game in June.--We did not find out for sure if Tedford informed Maynard at that time.--Both Keenan Allen and Chris Harper said that they the team was told of this on Friday (though Allen said he knew on Thursday).--Allen and Harper both said Bridgford did not get any more reps with the first team than normal in the week leading up to game time.SLIPPERY SURFACEThere was a lot of sliding around by cutting receivers and running backs Saturday on the Memorial Stadium turf. Allen referred to the surface as mushy. Harper said that the surface was wet for some reason and the moisture seemed to play a role in all the sliding around.
According to the turf's manufacturer, Hellas Sports Construction out of Austin, Texas, Matrix Turf is a surface "optimizing speed and traction on game days."

Hermanson scores 17, No. 22 Saint Mary's beats BYU 70-57

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Hermanson scores 17, No. 22 Saint Mary's beats BYU 70-57

PROVO, Utah — Saint Mary's knows all about the raucous atmosphere at BYU. The Gaels hadn't won in Provo since 2013 and had only come out on top in three of their previous 12 trips.

Make it four out of 13.

Calvin Hermanson scored 17 points and No. 22 Saint Mary's cruised to a 70-57 victory over BYU on Saturday night, snapping a three-game road losing streak to its West Coast Conference rival.

"It's definitely one of the tougher places to play for us," Hermanson said. "Coming in here we know it's a huge crowd and we know they can get riled up on any 3-point shot or any run they make. We wanted to try to limit their runs and their big plays.

"The second half was pretty unbelievable how quiet the crowd was. It felt great for us."

With two games remaining on the regular-season schedule, the Gaels (24-3, 14-2) clinched a second-place finish in the conference standings behind top-ranked and undefeated Gonzaga.

Saint Mary's controlled the game most of the night, riding its staunch defense on one end and running efficient offense on the other. The Gaels were able to get to the rim consistently, but also knocked down 10 3-pointers.

BYU (19-10, 10-6) shot 39.7 percent from the field and connected on four 3s.

Evan Fitzner had 15 points for Saint Mary's, including 11 in the second half.

"We didn't turn the ball over and we shot the ball well," Gaels coach Randy Bennett said, "and were able to get some separation and then it made it tough on them. We kind of just wore them out after that.

"We're a little different team with Fitzner out there. He spaces the floor," Bennett added. "We just play a little different with Fitzner out there versus Jock (Landale). It's nice to have a Plan A and Plan B."

Saint Mary's took a 41-30 lead into halftime thanks to Hermanson's hot shooting and plenty of that trademark defense. The Gaels began the day ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, then held the Cougars to 37.9 percent shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Saint Mary's shot 57.1 percent at the other end, including a 3-for-4 effort from Hermanson from behind the arc.

"I feel like we're better than we showed tonight," BYU guard TJ Haws said. "That team made a lot of runs on us. Tough defensive and offensive team. Very poised and disciplined.

"I want our team to just fight. When they punch us in the face, I want us to punch them right back."

BYU kept Landale under control in the half — and in foul trouble throughout — but Saint Mary's scored 22 of its 41 first-half points in the paint.

Eric Mika had 18 points for BYU, and Yoeli Childs added 13.

"The key to the game was that they were comfortable the entire time in our gym," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "That's on us. We need to be ahead. We need to get them to speed up a little bit because they're a little bit uncomfortable.

"But the game went pretty much exactly how they wanted it to go and we couldn't flip it. We couldn't get on top."

BIG PICTURE

Saint Mary's: The Gaels will be the No. 2 seed in the WCC tournament. No. 1 Gonzaga secured the regular-season title Saturday with a win over Pacific. An early December defeat to UT-Arlington is the Gaels' only bad loss this season, with the other two coming against Gonzaga.

BYU: The Cougars likely needed a win against the No. 22 team in the country to make an argument for the NCAA Tournament off their regular-season credentials. BYU has lost all three games against ranked opponents by double digits, including to Saint Mary's twice, and doesn't have a signature win. The Cougars get one last chance against Gonzaga next Saturday.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

No. 22 Saint Mary's might find itself moving up a bit after No. 17 Florida State and No. 21 South Carolina lost on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Saint Mary's: Travel to face Pepperdine on Thursday.

BYU: Play at Portland on Thursday.

Pickens, Travis rally Stanford past rival Cal for upset win

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Pickens, Travis rally Stanford past rival Cal for upset win

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STANFORD -- Dorian Pickens scored 23 points, Reid Travis had 19 with nine rebounds and Stanford held on to beat California 73-68 on Friday night.

Marcus Allen added 11 points for the Cardinal, who overcame an early 12-point deficit to beat their cross-bay rivals for the 21st time in the last 24 meetings between the two teams at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford (13-13, 5-9 Pac-12) won for only the second time in seven games and split the season series with California.

Pickens had nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as part of a 20-5 run in the second half when the Cardinal pulled away.

After California closed within 62-56 on Grant Mullins' 3-pointer with 4:54 remaining, Allen made two free throws and Pickens scored on a jumper from the free-throw line as he was falling backward onto the court.

Jabari Bird scored 23 points and set a career-high with seven 3s for the Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5). Ivan Rabb added 16 points and 13 rebounds after being slowed by foul trouble in the first half.