SEASON IN REVIEW
SDSU’s Matt Araiza kicked a 44-yard fi eld goal with 3:46 to go. The Aztecs got the ball back
but the drive fi zzled near midfi eld and they turned it over on downs with 1:25 to go.
Cooks also caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman Carson Strong to give
the Wolf Pack a 10-3 lead midway through the third quarter.
Strong, making his third straight start and seventh overall, led an impressive drive to open the
second half. The drive was kept alive when Lee ran the wildcat for two yards on fourth-and-1
from the SDSU 10. After a false start, Strong found Cooks open in the end zone for the score.
After a brief end zone celebration, the two ran off the fi eld together.
The Aztecs countered with a long drive of their own to tie it on Chance Bell’s 3-yard run.
The teams played to a 3-3 halftime tie, with Brandon Talton kicking a 34-yard fi eld goal for
Nevada in the fi rst quarter and SDSU’s Araiza kicking a 21-yarder early in the second quarter.
NEVADA 35, FRESNO STATE 28
NOV. 23, 2019; AT BULLDOG STADIUM (FRESNO, CALIF.)
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Toa Taua ran for 135 yards and scored on a 3-yard TD run with
12 seconds left to help Nevada beat Fresno State 35-28 on Saturday night.
Ben Putman returned a punt 24 yards to the Fresno State 25 with 1:20 left and the game tied
at 28. On the next play, Taua ran 21 yards to set up the Wolf Pack (7-4, 4-3 Mountain West) with
a fi rst-and-goal with 1:10 left. Taua gained 1 yard on his fi rst two carries and then scored on
third-and-goal, leaving only enough time for the Bulldogs (4-7, 2-5) to attempt multiple laterals
on the ensuing kickoff before fi nally getting tackled after time expired.
Quinton Conaway’s punt with 1:46 left in the game pinned the Bulldogs at their 3, and Jorge
Reyna threw three incomplete passes before Fresno State punted. Reyna fi nished with 261 yards
passing, three touchdowns and one interception.
The loss knocks Fresno State out of bowl contention.
UNLV 33, NEVADA 30
NOV. 30, 2019; AT MACKAY STADIUM (RENO, NEV.)
RENO, Nev. (AP) - UNLV redshirt freshman quarterback Kenyon Oblad hooked up with
freshman receiver Steve Jenkins for a 19-yard touchdown in overtime and UNLV slipped past
instate rival Nevada 33-30 in the Battle for the Fremont Cannon.
UNLV (4-8, 2-6 Mountain West jumped out to a 17-0 lead by the end of the fi rst quarter on
Daniel Gutierrez’s 40-yard fi eld goal, Charles Williams’ 80-yard TD run and Oblad’s 32-yard
scoring strike to Mekhi Stevenson.
Nevada (7-5, 4-4 Mountain West) scored on three straight possessions -- a 2-yard TD run by
Devonte Lee and two fi eld goals by Brandon Talton -- to close within 17-13. But Oblad needed
just one play after Talton’s second fi eld goal to push the lead Rebels’ lead to 24-13 when he
connected with Jenkins for a 75-yard score on fi rst down.
After a scoreless third quarter, Gutierrez booted a 50-yard fi eld goal to put UNLV up 27-13
with 9:08 remaining in the game. The Wolf Pack closed to within 27-20 on Carson Strong’s
24-yard TD pass to Dominic Christian with 6:47 left and sent the game to overtime when Lee
capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run with 1:32 left in regulation.
Nevada grabbed a 30-27 lead in overtime on Talton’s 42-yard fi eld goal, but the Rebels
needed just three plays for Oblad to fi nd Jenkins for the game-winner.
Oblad fi nished 16-of-22 passing for 229 yards and three TDs. Williams ran for 138 yards on
20 carries, while Jenkins hauled in fi ve passes for a career-high 140 yards and his fi rst two TDs.
Strong completed 33 of 54 passes for 351 yards and a TD for the Wolf Pack. Elijah Cooks
had 12 catches for 151 yards -- both were career highs for the junior.
Nevada, which was trying for its fi rst eight-win season since 2010, saw its three-game
win streak end.
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