New San Diego State quarterback Jalen Mayden helped pace the Aztecs to a 23-7 victory against Nevada Saturday.
Mayden threw for 156 yards on 12-of-25 passing in the Mountain West contest in Reno, adding a 32-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter.
“I think he’s getting better as we go. He’s got some toughness to him and you kind of like that,” head coach Brady Hoke told CBS Sports Network.
Jack Browning, a West Hills High alum, had three field goals; the longest, at 30 yards came in the first quarter. He has made 12 of 13 for the season.
In addition, Braxton Burmeister, who Mayden replaced at quarterback, made his SDSU debut as a wide receiver, gaining 19 yards.
On the defensive side, Justus Tavai had his first career interception, while Michael Shawcroft had six solo tackles, followed by Seyddrick Lakalaka with four.
With the win, San Diego State (4-3, 2-1 in MW) rose above the .500 mark, while the Wolf Pack (2-6, 0-4) continued to struggle, dropping their sixth game in a row.
Three MW teams share a 2-1 conference record – SDSU, Fresno State and San Jose State.
That raises the stakes next week when the Aztecs remain on the road, heading north to face the Bulldogs (3-4, 2-1 in MW) at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29.