SEASON IN REVIEW
36-10 in the snow on Saturday night.
The Wolf Pack, on the game’s opening possession, had fi rst-and-goal from the 8 but a holding
penalty and a false start forced them to settle for a 23-yard fi eld goal by Brandon Talton. Scarver
returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, the fi rst of 36 consecutive points by the Aggies
(4-2, 3-0 Mountain West).
Bright scored on runs of 67 and 9 yards -- just 84 seconds apart -- to make it 36-3 with
10:03 left in the game.
Taua had 20 carries for 80 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown run late in the fourth
quarter, for Nevada (4-3, 1-2).
Utah State’s two losses this year have both come on the road against Power 5 conference
teams. The Aggies lost 38-35 to Wake Forest in their season opener and 42-6 to then-No. 5 (and
currently second-ranked) LSU on Oct. 5.
WYOMING 31, NEVADA 3
OCT. 26, 2019; AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM (LARAMIE, WYO.)
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Xazavian Valladay rushed for a career-high 206 yards, Sean
Chambers threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and Wyoming defeated Nevada
31-3 on Saturday.
Wyoming, bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season, has won seven
consecutive home games.
Wyoming (6-2, 3-1 Mountain West) had 258 rushing yards and 221 passing yards for a
total of 479. The bulk of the Cowboys’ passing yards came from Chambers, who was 6 of
9 for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Tyler Vander Waal was 3 of 10 for 63 yards
with a touchdown.
Wyoming led 24-3 at halftime and Vander Waal’s 25-yard pass to tight end Jackson Marcotte
capped the scoring with 11:54 remaining in the third quarter.
Nevada’s score came on a 28-yard fi eld goal by Brandon Talton late in the fi rst quarter.
Carson Strong completed 26 of 40 passes for 247 yards for the Wolf Pack (4-4, 1-3).
Valladay’s previous best was 192 yards at New Mexico last season, also a 31-3 victory
for the Cowboys.
NEVADA 21, NEW MEXICO 10
NOV. 2, 2019; AT MACKAY STADIUM (RENO, NEV.)
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Carson Strong passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns, Romeo Doubs
had 11 receptions for 167 yards — both career highs — and a score, and Nevada beat New
Mexico 21-10 on Saturday night.
Strong went 28 of 40 with no interceptions, Elijah Cooks had six catches for 74 yards and a
touchdown and Dom Peterson had two sacks for Nevada.
Strong scrambled for seven yards on a third-and 5 and Devonte Lee ran for 14 yards on a
fourth-and-1 during a 15-play, 80-yard drive that took more than eight minutes off the clock
and was capped by Toa Taua’s 1-yard TD run. After New Mexico went three-and-out, Strong
connected with Doubs for a 57-yard TD to give Nevada (5-4, 2-3 Mountain West) the lead for
good at 14-7 with 5:08 left in the fi rst half.
Cooks capped the scoring with a 20-yard scoring reception late in the fourth quarter.
Ahmari Davis had 15 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown for New Mexico (2-7, 0-5). The
Lobos have lost six in a row.
NEVADA 17, NO. 24 SAN DIEGO STATE 13
NOV. 9, 2019; AT SDCCU STADIUM (SAN DIEGO, CALIF.)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wide receiver Elijah Cooks threw a 50-yard pass on a trick play to set
up Devonte Lee’s go-ahead, 1-yard run with 10:31 to go that lifted Nevada to a 17-13 victory
against No. 24 San Diego State.
The Wolf Pack surprised the Aztecs with a reverse, with running back Toa Taua fl ipping
the ball to Cooks, who stopped and threw a strike to Brendan O’Leary-Orange at the SDSU 5.
Three plays later, Lee burst into the end zone for a 17-10 lead.
The Wolf Pack’s go-ahead score came after SDSU converted on a daring fourth-down play
that was nullifi ed by a holding call. Coach Rocky Long went for it on fourth-and-1 from his 17
and Chase Jasmin converted, but Jacob Capra was called for holding, forcing the Aztecs to punt.
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