The Nevada Wolf Pack were defeated by the Arizona Wildcats [a lot] to xx. The Wolf Pack fall to 1-1 and the Wildcats improved to 2-0. Arizona RB Nick Wilson ran for 194 yards on 21 carries, and a ridiculous 9.2 YPC. Arizona finished the night with nearly 600 yards of total offense, while Nevada managed 321 yards of offense.
The Wolf Pack did not start well, as the offense went 3-and-out on their first two possessions and found themselves quickly down in 14-0 hole.
Nevada battled back, and cut the lead to 14-10 after a Brent Zuso field goal and a Jerico Richardson touchdown, set up by 76 yards on the ground from Don Jackson and James Butler. It was the closest Nevada would get to a comeback.
The next drive, the Wildcats drove all the way down to the 8-yard line, and went for it on 4th and 1. However, RB Nick Wilson was stuffed up the middle, and Nevada forced a turnover on downs.
The stop was wasted by the offense, and QB Tyler Stewart was nearly sacked in the endzone for a safety, and forced a punt from the back of their own endzone. Arizona got the ball near midfield, despite a booming 63-yard punt from P Alex Boy. The Wildcats took advantage of their field position and scored on a 3-yard run from Wilson to cap off the drive.
With time running down in the first half, Nevada failed to get anything going on offense and had to punt the ball away. Arizona looked like they could threaten until RB Nick Wilson fumbled after being hit by LB Bryan Dobrich, which was recovered by DE Lenny Jones.
Without any timeouts remaining the Wolf Pack could move the ball so far, and they had to settle for a Brent Zuso field goal as time expired.
At the start of the second half, neither offense could get a rhythm going, and Nevada found themselves in a 4th-and-short, and Brian Polian decided to go for it. However, they were stopped by the Arizona defense, and the Wildcats got the ball on their own 40.
The Wolf Pack had no answer for Nick Wilson all night. He broke off a 28 yard run to start the drive, and then made a jumping catch over two Nevada defenders to bring Arizona inside the ten-yard line. Three plays later, Arizona found the endzone to take the 27-13, after a missed PAT.
As was the case most of the night, the Nevada offense failed to do anything, despite the defense coming up with big stops.
Towards the ends of the third quarter, the Wolf Pack seemed like they were about to come up with another big play, as they forced Arizona to go for it on 4th down. However, Bryan Lane was called for pass interference, and soon after Nick Wilson found the endzone to give Arizona a commanding 34-13 lead.
Despite what the score may show, the Nevada defense gave the offense opportunities to get back in the game. It was to no avail, however, as the Nevada offense was stagnant during the meaningful minutes of the second half. Following a Tyler Stewart interception, Arizona backup QB Jerrard Randle ran for a 57-yard touchdown up the middle to turn the game into a blowout.
In the 4th quarter Tyler Stewart found Hasaan Henderson in the endzone, but it was too little, too late. Arizona kicked a field goal with 3 minutes remaining to extend the Arizona lead 44-20, which would become the final.
Nevada had it's chances to pull the upset throughout the game, but were constantly hindered by both penalties and an oft-ineffective offense. It also didn't help that the Nevada defense offered no resistance to Nick Wilson, as he absolutely dominanted the Wolf Pack.
Nevada will need to have a short memory as they prepare for nationally-ranked Texas A&M at College Station next Saturday for a 9am PST kick-off.