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Five things we learned from Wolf Pack’s big win

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Big plays make for big wins

Nevada 28, San Diego State 24:

San Diego State outgained Nevada (456 to 297), averaged more yards per play (5.9 to 4.5), had more first downs (24 to 14), won the time of possession battle – and still lost by four points.

How does that happen?

Because Nevada won the big-play battle. The Wolf Pack’s first-quarter safety not only stopped the bleeding from a 14-0 deficit, but it was also essentially a nine-point play – two for the safety and seven more when a short field led to a five-play touchdown drive. That drive was capped by one of the game’s great individual efforts, as running back Toa Taua took a short Ty Gangi pass and danced his way down the right sideline for a 40-yard score.

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In just over two minutes of game time, San Diego State went from a 14-point lead and possession of the ball to a five-point lead and a complete momentum shift to the home sideline.

Later, Nevada took advantage of a Jordan Byrd fumble on a punt return, with the Pack’s Jomon Dotson recovering at the SDSU 18. That set up a short Ramiz Ahmed field goal for a 28-24 lead with 8:54 to play, which turned out to be the game’s final points. The four-point margin also kept the Aztecs from being able to win or tie on a field goal from John Barron II, one of the nation’s top kickers.

Nevada Wolf Pack Football Schedule 2018

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The Nevada Wolf Pack football team plays for the University of Nevada, Reno. The school is in the Mountain West Conference, giving the team a mix of opponents different than when the team was part of other conferences. However, old rivals like UNLV, Hawai'i and Boise State are still on the schedule. The Pack's head coach for the 2018 season is Jay Norvell. He is Nevada's 26th head coach and 2018 will be his second year guiding the team.
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