Nevada football continues to struggle to find any kind of identity. With its most recent 45-7 shellacking at the hands of Washington State Nevada is reeling at the quarterback position. Having exhausted all options, Ty Gangi still appears to be the best QB to suit up for Nevada since he took over for Tyler Stewart last season.
Nevada’s offense was nearly nonexistent the entire game. The team only managed to rack up 105 yards through the air and another 46 on the ground. Alabama product David Cornwell finally got the nod from the Nevada coaching staff. The team ultimately regretted giving the reins of the offense to Cornwell, who threw for a dismal 97 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. The quarterback carousel that Nevada has found itself seems to be ineffective, proving the grass is not always greener on the other side.
McLane Mannix had his worst start to date with just two receptions for 19 yards. Wyatt Demps led the receiver corps with six receptions for 39 yards. Nevada’s offense had no type of wow factor this game .
Along with an underwhelming air game, Nevada had no semblance of a ground game either. With Jaxson Kincaide not making the trip to Washington State Nevada relied heavily on Blake Wright, Kelton Moore and a new face to the rotation, Maliek Broady. Broady was the only Wolf Pack player to make his way into the end zone against the Wildcats, scoring his first career touchdown.
Usually Nevada’s defense has a scapegoat in its offense, especially when they leave the opposing team with just half the field to drive down. That is not the case this time around. Just about every one of Washington State’s touchdown drives were 60 plus yard campaigns. The defense has no one to blame but itself this time around allowing 505 yards through the air and another 55 on the ground. Who knew the part of the defense that was supposed to be the stoutest would actually be the side that needs the most work. However, Nevada did force two turnovers, but that may be the only silver lining to this game.
The Wolf Pack travels to Fresno, CA, this weekend to start conference play. ESPN is giving Fresno State an 86 percent chance to win. The Bulldogs have been trounced the last couple of weeks, squaring off against some impressive opponents in No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Washington State. Fresno State has allowed 122 less yards a game than Nevada and put up more points per game on average. Nevada needs a win this weekend if they have any hopes breaking even this season.