The Nevada Wolf Pack go on the road to face the struggling San Jose Spartans, who have not had a win since Sep 10 at home against Portland State. After losing two-straight games, the Wolf Pack got their first Mountain West victory against Fresno State and seek to get one against the Spartans.
In the first quarter of the game, the special teams for the Wolf Pack struggled early on as kick returner Rahshead Johnson returned the ball 70 yards to Nevada 30-yard line. The Spartans couldn’t capitalize though as the attempted field goal was fumbled and an opportunity for the Wolf Pack to score, but instead went three-n-out. The Wolf Pack punted on their first two offensive drives of the game.
The first play of the second quarter did not start well for Tyler Stewart and the Wolf Pack as he threw his first interception of the game. The result of interception turned into great field position and a Kenny Potter three yard run for a touchdown, which took only seven plays, 23 yards, and about three minutes to score. The defense for the Wolf Pack looked impressive as they have three sacks in the first half. The Wolf Pack only put up four sacks out of six games this season. The score so far after two quarters would be the Spartans leading the Wolfpack 7-0.
In the third quarter, the Wolf Pack got on the board with Spencer Pettit’s first made field goal of his college career from 28-yards out. Pettit is a freshman and was named the field-goal kicker over Brent Zuzo, who has struggled this season making four out of eight field goals this season. The defense for the Wolf Pack forced the Spartans t turnover the ball on downs and punt it as well.
The fourth quarter became a brutal battle between both teams with one final offensive drive sealing the deal for the Spartans. The defense for the Wolfpack forced the Spartans to punt on their first offensive drive of the quarter, but it took two plays for Tyler Stewart to throw his second interception of the game, which is his second game of his career he has thrown two interceptions.
Luckily, the defense forced the Spartans to turn over the ball on downs again. The explosive offense of the Wolf Pack would score their first touchdown. Tyler Stewart would connect with James Butler for a 46-yard touchdown pass to give the Wolf Pack the lad for the first time in the game. The Spartans offense would respond very quickly and Kenny Porter would run in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown to give his team the victory.
Nevada’s offense had positives and negatives throughout the game. James Butler just keeps on producing as he had 20 carries for 94-yards and three catches for 92-yards receiving with one touchdown. The offense could not score in the first half and Tyler Stewart threw two interceptions, which was the Wolf Pack’s only turnovers of the game.
The Wolf Pack’s defense had four sacks, allowed 142 yards passing, 137 yards rushing, and 2.54 yards per carry, which is a season best. Gabe Swell and Alex Bertrando combined for 20 tackles against the Spartans.
The next game coming up for Nevada is against Wyoming at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nevada. This game for the Nevada Wolf Pack is homecoming, which will be the biggest game for the school at home this season.