Colorado State defeats Wolf Pack 30-20

Colorado State defensive lineman Grady Kelly, left, tackles Nevada quarterback AJ Bianco after...
Published: Nov. 18, 2023 at 4:31 PM PST
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi threw for two touchdowns and Colorado State defeated Nevada 30-20 on Saturday.

Fowler-Nicolosi’s second TD toss, a 38-yarder to Louis Brown IV, with under 11 minutes remaining gave the Rams (5-6, 3-4 Mountain West Conference) a 10-point cushion and Nevada (2-9, 2-5) managed only 14 yards on its final two possessions.

Interceptions by Henry Blackburn and Nuer Gatkuoth led to a touchdown and a field goal in the first half when the Rams scored on their first four possessions to take a 20-3 lead. But they saw it cut to seven points by halftime on a Brandon Talton field goal and Richard Toney’s 66-yard pick-6 on the final play before the break.

Jordan Noyes kicked his third field goal to extend the lead to 23-13 in the third quarter and the Wolf Pack again tightened the game with Brendon Lewis’ 9-yard touchdown run with seven minutes left in the period.

Colorado coach Jay Norvell again defeated the program he left two seasons ago to take the Rams job.

Fowler-Nicolosi was 15 of 30 for 245 yards passing. Justin Marshall rushed 19 times for 98 yards. Tory Horton had 78 yards receiving with a score.

Lewis threw for 169 yards and rushed for 61 more for Nevada. AJ Bianco, out of the game early after a big hit, threw the two interceptions.

Colorado State plays at Hawaii on Saturday. Nevada concludes its season at home against Wyoming on Saturday.

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Colorado State 30, Nevada 20

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023

Fort Collins, Colo. - Canvas Stadium

Postgame Notes

• Nevada fell, 30-20, at Colorado State, Saturday ... The Wolf Pack is now 2-9, 2-5 MW.

• Nevada wrapped its road slate with a 1-5 record, the lone win a 6-0 decision Oct. 21 at San Diego State.

• Safety Richard Toney Jr. recorded his second interception return for a touchdown of 2023, with his 66-yard pick-six on the final play of the second half.

• Toney Jr. is the first Wolf Pack defender with two touchdowns in a season since both Daiyan Henley (INT, fumble return) and Berdale Robins (INT, fumble return) scored twice in 2021.

• Quarterback Brendon Lewis came on in relief in the first quarter--Lewis finished the game 18-for-24 passing for 169 yards, and rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown.

• Kicker Brandon Talton kicked two field goals and two PATs in the contest...his eight points brought his career total to 384, just one behind Nevada all-time scoring leader Marty Zendejas (385).

• Wide receiver Dalevon Campbell finished the game with five catches for 72 yards...his 31-yard catch in the third quarter was his ninth this season of at least 30 yards.

• Wide receiver John Jackson III recorded a season high in receptions (five), going for 40 yards.

• Tight end Cameron Zeidler recorded a career-high five catches for 39 yards.

• Running back Sean Dollars had a career-high 20 carries Saturday, finishing with 69 rushing yards.

• RUSH Marcel Walker-Burgess made 1.5 tackles-for-loss to lead the defense.