Clearly the Nevada game plan was to keep the ball away from Florida State. If Jameis Winston doesn't have the ball, he can't take advantage of the weak Nevada defense. And even when they have had the ball, Nevada's defense has been playing the best they have this year, despite giving up 17 points. An interception by safety Bryson Keeton and a sack by defensive end Lenny Jones have given Nevada plenty of momentum on the defensive side of the ball. Tackling is still an issue with both the secondary and linebackers, as running backs James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman (11 carries for 63 yards combined) have been extremely tough to bring down.
On offense, watching this game you would have no idea that the Wolf Pack has both their starting running back and quarterback out. Devin Combs is making plays in replacement of Cody Fajardo when he needs too, and running the offense perfectly. His return after half could be questionable, as he has been noticeably limping after hurting his left knee. The biggest player in the game thus far has been third string freshman running back Chris Soloman. At half he has 15 carries for 75 yards taking over for both Kendall Brock and Don Jackson.
For Nevada to continue to stay in this game and get a victory, they need to avoid what happened in their first game against UCLA, when it was 17-13 at half and came out after and got outscored 41-7. With Florida State receiving to start the half, Nevada needs an immediate stop and then march down the field and score.