SEASON IN REVIEW
NEVADA 34, PURDUE 31
AUG. 30, 2019; AT MACKAY STADIUM (RENO, NEV.)
RENO, Nev. (AP) - When Nevada quarterback Carson Strong and kicker Brandon Talton
attended high school in Vacaville, Calif., neither paid too close attention to each other.
But last year, when they met up in Vacaville at a football game, Strong pitched
Nevada to Talton.
A year later on Friday, Strong got his fi rst start at Nevada, and he would not have won
without Talton kicking a 56-yard fi eld as time expired, booting the Wolf Pack to a 34-31 victory
over Purdue and capping a 17-point comeback for the second win in program history against
a Big Ten school.
Talton, a walk-on playing his fi rst collegiate game Friday, said his previous long in a
game was 47 yards.
Strong got the nod as starter about two weeks ago and became the fi rst freshman quarterback
to start a season opener for Nevada since 1998.
Strong hadn’t started a football game since 2017. He sat out his senior year at Wood High
in Vacaville and again last year as a redshirt. He completed 30 of 51 passes for 295 yards
and 3 touchdowns.
Nevada went into the break trailing 24-7, and trailed 31-17 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The 17-point Nevada comeback tied the second largest comeback for the program since 1996.
With the game tied and 32 seconds remaining, Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw
an interception to defensive back Daniel Brown. Nevada tied the game with 52 seconds left on
Strong’s 20-yard pass to Elijah Cooks.
Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar recorded a career high 423 passing yards four
touchdowns, but the Boilermakers lost the turnover battle, 5-0, and two of those turnovers
were Sindelar interceptions.
Rondale Moore displayed his big play capability in his fi rst half, but was contained for most
of the second half. He fi nished with 11 catches for 124 yards and one touchdown.
NO. 16/18 OREGON 77, NEVADA 6
SEPT. 7, 2019; AT AUTZEN STADIUM (EUGENE, ORE.)
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — No. 16 Oregon rebounded from its season-opening loss to Auburn
with a 77-6 win over Nevada.
True freshman Brandon Talton kicked a pair of fi rst half fi eld goals for Nevada. Redshirt
freshman Carson Strong, who threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns in his debut, threw
for 89 against the Ducks and was intercepted twice. Talton’s 24-yard fi eld goal gave Nevada the
early lead midway through the opening quarter.
Herbert hit Breeland with a 66-yard scoring pass on the ensuing drive to put the Ducks
in front. Herbert has thrown a touchdown pass in 30 straight games, the longest active
streak in the nation.
But the senior quarterback has had to deal with a depleted receiver corps because of injuries
heading into the season. Graduate transfer Juwan Johnson, a projected starter, was on the
sidelines for the second straight game with an unspecifi ed injury.
Talton added a 45-yard fi eld goal for the Wolf Pack before CJ Verdell muscled his way into
the end zone from 2 yards out to give the Oregon a 14-6 lead. After Sampson Niu intercepted
Strong, Oregon scored two plays later on Herbert’s 16-yard pass to Ryan Bay
The game further slipped away from Nevada when Oregon took over on the Wolf Pack 7
after a muff ed punt, and Herbert found Brady Aiello with a 1-yard scoring pass to make it 28-6.
Herbert threw his fourth touchdown of the game before the end of the fi rst half, a 24-yard
pass to a wide-open Bryan Addison in the end zone. He added another in the third quarter to
Daewood Davis, recently moved to receiver from cornerback because of the injuries, and Cyrus
Habibi-Likio ran for an 11-yard TD to extend the lead to 49-6.
Redshirt freshman Tyler Shough replaced Herbert with about eight minutes left in the third
quarter and threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jaylon Redd. Shough added a 21-yard TD pass
to Hunter Kampmoyer and Darrian Felix added a 62-yard in the fi nal quarter.
The Ducks lead the series 7-1. The Wolf Pack’s only victory came in the fi rst meeting
between the two teams in 1947.
NEVADA 19, WEBER STATE 13
SEPT. 14, 2019; AT MACKAY STADIUM (RENO, NEV.)
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Jaxson Kincaide had 11 carries for 75 yards and a score, Brandon Talton
made four fi eld goals, and Nevada beat Weber State 19-13 on Saturday.
Kincaide added fi ve receptions for 53 yards, Toa Taua had 85 yards rushing on 16 carries
and Carson Strong was 30-of-44 passing for 299 yards for the Wolf Pack (1-1).
The Wildcats (1-1), who came in ranked No. 6 in the FCS Coaches poll, were forced to punt
on the fi rst possession of the second half and Nevada answered with a nine-play, 85-yard drive
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