Romeo Doubs runs the ball

Photo courtesy of Nevada Athletics. Romeo Doubs runs the ball against Kansas State.

Nevada football had a chance to knock off two power five schools in the span of three weeks, but failed to get the job done in Manhattan. The Wolf Pack falls to 2-1 with a 38-17 loss to Kansas State.

The Wolf Pack had 331 total yards of offense. Junior quarterback Carson Strong completed 27 of 40 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown. This was his worst statistical performance of the year, with season lows in yards and touchdowns as well as an interception.

Nevada only rushed for 25 yards on 23 attempts leading to an abysmal average of 1.1 yard per rush. Senior running back Devonte Lee led the team with a minimal 24 rushing yards, but had a strong 1 yard punch-in on fourth and goal out of a wildcat formation. 

The bright spots for Nevada’s offense were the wide receivers. Senior Romeo Doubs finished the game with seven receptions and a team-leading 121 receiving yards. Junior Melquan Stovall turned in a solid performance of seven receptions for 76 yards. Senior Elijah Cooks had four receptions for 45 yards with the lone receiving touchdown for the Nevada offense. Sophomore wide receiver Tory Holton went a perfect one for one with a 44 yard passing strike on a fun trick play in the third quarter.

The Wolf Pack would go down 7-0 early in the first after a blown coverage that led to a 68 yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game. The Nevada defense settled in and forced Kansas State to punt twice before Nevada scored with eights seconds left in the first. Devonte Lee took the snap out of the wildcat formation and had a one yard touchdown rush to tie the game 7-7 ending the first quarter. 

Kansas State started the second quarter with a 75 yard drive capped off by a 22 yard run to make the score 14-7. Kansas State would capitalize on a Carson Strong interception to kick a 37 yard field goal. The score to end the half was 17-10.

Nevada football finally got things going in the third quarter on both sides of the ball. The Wolf Pack offense kicked a 46 yard field goal and the defense forced a three and out on the next drive. Carson Strong then found Elijah Cooks on a 14 yard touchdown pass to tie the game up in the third. 

Nevada started the 4th quarter tied with Kansas State 17-17. Kansas State scored on the first play of the 4th quarter with an 11 yard touchdown down run to make the score 24-17. It would be downhill from here as the Nevada offense struggled to put points on the board and the Nevada defense wasn’t able to stop the Kansas State run game. Kansas State scored two more rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Wolf Pack lost the game 38-17.

Nevada was close to starting the year off 3-0 with wins over the PAC 12 and Big 12 but unfortunately came up short. An ineffective run game, undisciplined penalties, and an inability to stop the Kansas State run game has ruined Nevada’s undefeated season. However, Nevada football, who received 28 votes to be ranked in the AP top 25 poll, will look to get back on track in their next game. 

The Wolf Pack will face rival Boise State on Oct. 2. 

Anthony Miranda can be reached at kelseymiddleton@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @NevadaSagebrush