‘Miracle at Mackay,’ Nevada upsets Boise State
Nevada’s stunning 34-31 upset over the No. 3 ranked Boise State on Nov. 26, 2010 is still looked upon as one of the biggest victories in school history. The contest earned the nickname “Miracle at Mackay” and has garnered a unique reputation over the years.
Boise State came into Mackay Stadium riding a 24-game win streak and building a case for a major BCS Championship appearance. The No. 19 Wolf Pack changed the Broncos’ entire season with a 34-yard field goal in overtime from kicker Anthony Martinez to steal the win.
The game-winning kick came after Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman missed a 26-yard field goal with two seconds left in the fourth quarter to help fuel the Wolf Pack’s 17-point comeback at halftime.
Nevada tied the game 31-31 with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter after a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Colin Kaepernick to wide receiver Rishard Matthews.
In overtime, Brotzman missed a 29-yard attempt to give Nevada the eventual game-winning field goal try. Martinez nailed the kick through the uprights to seal the upset as hundreds of fans stormed the field in excitement.
The Broncos’ shocking loss dropped them to No. 9 the following week. The Wolf Pack improved to the No. 14 ranked team in the nation. It was Moore’s second loss of his collegiate career at the time.
Nevada’s senior night victory also marked the final home games of Kaepernick, running back Vai Taua and tight end Virgil Green.
Boise State has won the last six matchups against Nevada and hold a 30-13 all-time record. But the Wolf Pack’s upset win in 2010 is still remembered as one of the greatest moments in school history.
The Round of 32 upset
The Round of 32 March Madness game against Cincinnati will go down as one of the most memorable Nevada basketball games in history.
The 2017-18 Wolf Pack were down 22 points with just 11:37 left in the game and were able to turn it around to eventually defeat the Bearcats 75-73.
The Wolf Pack went on the sweet sixteen and established their spot as one of the best Nevada basketball teams in program history. The 22-point comeback by Nevada is tied for the second largest comeback victory in March Madness history.
Nevada vs. New Mexico comeback
On Jan. 7, 2017, Nevada basketball engineered one of the greatest comebacks in college basketball history.
Down 25 points with 11 minutes to go—including down 14 with 1:14 remaining in regulation—the Wolf Pack stormed back while on the road to down the New Mexico Lobos 105-104 in overtime. Leading the Pack was Jordan Caroline, with a 45-point performance.
The comeback was sparked by a three-point bucket by Charlie Tooley with 1:03 remaining. Nevada canned the remaining five baskets—all three-pointers, including four by Marcus Marshall—in regulation in miraculous fashion, sending the two foes into overtime.
The Pack netted four of its nine baskets in overtime, capped off by Jordan Caroline’s three-pointer over the hand of New Mexico’s Tim Williams to solidify this miraculous moment in Wolf Pack history.
UNLV shutout for the Fremont Cannon
In the first shutout in Fremont Cannon series history, Nevada defeated UNLV 37-0 in 2011.
Wolf Pack quarterback Tyler Lanstrip completed 29-44 passes for 465 yards, and 240 rushing yards. Rebels quarterback Caleb Herring passed for 40 yards and only completed 1-14 passes.
Nevada talied 699 total yards compared to UNLV’s 110. The Rebels only had seven first downs, while Nevada dominated with 31. It was a dismal game for the southern Nevada team as they could not get on the scoreboard.
It was also Nevada’s seventh straight win over the Rebels.