The Wolf Pack put up a valiant effort in an attempt to come back from a 21-point deficit on the road but it was not enough as Nevada fell to the Wyoming Cowboys 28-21 on Saturday afternoon thus giving the Cowboys their first win of the 2015 season and snapped their nine game losing streak.
Wyoming scored first in the second quarter when Cowboys quarterback Chase Coffman connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Hollister to give Wyoming a 7-0 lead. Nevada answered back with a 10 play, 75-yard touchdown drive that was capped off by a seven-yard touchdown run by Wolf Pack running back Don Jackson which tied the game at seven apiece. For the rest of the first half, it was all Wyoming as Coffman threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tanner Gentry to make it a 14-7 Cowboys lead. After the Wolf Pack quickly went three and out, Wyoming quickly scored in four plays as Coffman threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jake Maulhardt to make it 21-7 Cowboys at the end of the first half.
In the second half, the Cowboys scored on their first possession when running back Kellen Overstreet scored a touchdown from five yards out to make it 28-7 Wyoming. From there, the Wolf Pack defense held Wyoming scoreless for the rest of the game while the offense mounted a comeback which started when the Wolf Pack quarterback Tyler Stewart threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jarred Gipson to cut the Cowboys lead to 28-14. In the fourth quarter, the Wolf Pack scored again when Stewart threw his second touchdown pass of the day to Jerico Richardson from seven yards out to make it a 28-21 Cowboys lead but that would be as close as Nevada got to try to tie the game. Nevada had the ball with under two minutes left in the game when the Wolf Pack were facing a 4th and 5 when Stewart was sacked by the Cowboys and thus sealing the victory for Wyoming.
For Nevada, quarterback Tyler Stewart completed 25 of 41 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns while wide receiver Hassan Henderson caught eight passes for 112 yards and his teammate Jerico Richardson caught six passes for 82 yards and caught a touchdown pass. The running back duo of James Butler and Don Jackson combined for 95 total yards rushing as Butler ran for 51 yards on ten carries and Don Jackson ran for 44 yards on 11 carries and did score a rushing touchdown.
For the Wolf Pack, it's a case of one step forward and one step back as they try to pick up the pieces after another tough loss. Two weeks ago the Wolf Pack lost to rival UNLV and responded back the following week with an impressive performance against New Mexico and now after a losing to previously winless Wyoming, how do the Wolf Pack respond with Hawaii coming to Reno for homecoming next week? They need to respond with a win because another loss can seriously damage their chances of becoming bowl eligible.