Nevada 41, Boise State 31
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021
Boise, Idaho – Albertsons Stadium
- Nevada improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Mountain West Conference play with a 41-31 win over Boise State on the road.
- The Wolf Pack wins against Boise State on the road for the first time since Nov. 8, 1997, when it took down the Broncos 56-42.
- Nevada ends Boise State’s 20-game regular season Conference winning streak with the 10-point victory on Saturday. It marks the first time since 2015 the Broncos have lost consecutive home games.
- The Pack claimed its first victory over the Broncos since a 32-27 victory on Oct. 13, 2018, at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nev.
- Nevada improves to 2-1 on the road and returns home for non-conference action against New Mexico State on Saturday, Oct. 9.
- Three rushing touchdowns mark a season-high for the Pack after entering the game with two rushing touchdowns on the season.
- Boise State outgained Nevada 410 to 393 but the Wolf Pack defense held the Broncos to 22 total yards on the ground and forced one turnover (1 INT, 9 yards). The Pack moves to 1-1 on the season when outgained by an opponent.
- The Pack dealt the Broncos their 18th conference loss since 2000 (145-18, 88.9 Pct) as well as their 12th loss at home since 2000 (123-12, 91.1 Pct).
- RB Toa Taua led the Nevada rushing attack with a season-high 124 yards on 12 carries for a 10.3 average per touch. Taua also punched it into the end zone twice for the first time this season.
- Taua’s 124 yards marked his most on the ground since he rushed for 131 on Nov. 28, 2020, against Hawai’i.
- QB Carson Strong threw for 263 yards on 25-for-38 passing with one touchdown and a long of 39 yards. Strong connected with TE Cole Turner for a 7-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring and cap a 12-play 67-yard drive that spanned 4:17 in the first quarter.
- WR Justin Lockhart had a career day, making five receptions for 94 yards with a long of 39 yards. The 94 receiving yards fall one yard short of his career high (95 yds, 6 catches: 11/5/20, Utah State).
- DE Tristan Nichols tied a season-high with four tackles and forced a fumble for the second time this season. Two of his tackles were sacks to bring his sack counter to 5.0 on the season for a loss of 28 total yards.
- The Nevada defense recorded six sacks for a loss of 56 yards with DL Dom Peterson picking up two sacks for a loss of 14 yards; DL Sam Hammond posting one sack for a loss of 21 yards and CB AJ King getting credited with a sack after an intentional grounding penalty for a loss of 10 yards.
- PK Brandon Talton was 4-for-4 on field goal tries marking his first 4-for-4 performance since Sep. 14, 2019, against Weber State. Talton last kicked four field goals in a game against San Diego State (4-for-5) on Nov. 21, 2020. The four made field goals mark a season high for Talton.
- The Wolf Pack won the turnover battle as it did not commit a turnover for the second time this season and LB Daiyan Henley intercepted QB Hank Bachmeier once for a return of nine yards.
- Nevada put the quick in quick-strike offense after having only one drive span more than four minutes. The Pack finished with 28:01 in time of possession compared to 31:59 for Boise State. Nevada had three drives that lasted 10 or more plays.
• The Pack went 5-for-5 in the red zone.