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"He's been our starter for 3 1/2 years and that experience you can't say enough about it, especially in our offense, which is fairly sophisticated," Ault said.
The Wolf Pack have averaged more than 33 points per game each of the last five seasons, and are at 44.8 heading into October. The difference this season is Nevada is allowing only 18 points per game, with nonconference victories at home against California (52-31) and at BYU (27-13) on Saturday.
"We are playing better defense," Ault said. "These last two years we were average at best on defense and it put so much pressure on offense to be productive.
"We're getting better every game and giving our offense more opportunities."
Nevada plays at rival UNLV on Saturday, then moves into its WAC schedule. Way down the road, the Wolf Pack hosts Boise State on Nov. 26 in what could be one of the biggest WAC games ever.
Both teams are not long for the WAC, though. Boise State is leaving for the Mountain West Conference after this season. Nevada has also accepted an invite to the MWC, though when the Wolf Pack will make the change is up in the air. Nevada would like it to be next season, but the WAC insists the Pack can't go until 2012.
As for the rest of the AP poll this week, Wisconsin was No. 11, followed by LSU, Utah, Arizona and Arkansas, which dropped five spots to No. 15.
At No. 16 was Miami, followed by Iowa, Southern California, Michigan and South Carolina.
Joining Texas, N.C. State and Nevada in the final five were No. 22 Penn State and No. 24 Michigan State.
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