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Nevada football faces Purdue in season opener

Nevada in-store for an action-packed offseason.

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Nevada football will face Purdue in its season opener on Friday, Aug. 30. The matchup was previously held for Saturday, Aug. 31, but it’s been moved up entering Labor Day weekend.

Purdue will be just the second Big 10 team to play the Wolf Pack in its home opener in school history. The first matchup was 31-21 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats in 2006.

Under coach Jay Norvell, the Nevada Wolf Pack completed a massive turnaround last season, finishing with a 9-5 record and clinching an Arizona Bowl victory over Arkansas State. The Pack will look to build even more momentum heading into 2019, as several players must fill key roles led by seniors on both sides of the ball.

Along with Purdue, Nevada’s action-packed home schedule will include Hawaii, SJSU, New Mexico and in-state rival UNLV in conference play.

The Grit Run and the Silver and Blue Spring Game are scheduled for April 27 on campus. The 5K run/walk will start in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union at 10:30 a.m. The cost for the race is $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The Wolf Pack also has scheduled the team’s annual Women’s Clinic, set for Aug. 3 on campus. The clinic will include drinks, appetizers, raffles, auctions and gameday drills run by the Nevada coaching staff.

Space for the event is limited to 250 tickets at $75 per person. Each ticket will help the Nevada football program with purchasing meals and practice equipment for student-athletes.