Fresh off bye, Nevada looking to beat Fresno State for first time since 2016
After its second bye week of the season, the Nevada football team returns to the field for its 11th game of the season, looking for its third consecutive win.
The Wolf Pack will hit the road and travel to Fresno, Calif. to battle Fresno State this Saturday, Nov. 23. Kickoff set for 7:35 p.m. PT at Bulldog Stadium between the Wolf Pack (6-4, 3-3 MW) and the Bulldogs (4-6, 2-4 MW). Nevada is bowl eligible for the second time under head coach Jay Norvell, after defeating No. 24 San Diego State two weeks ago, securing the program's first road win over a top 25 opponent.
Following that historic victory, Nevada defensive end Sam Hammond was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week. Nevada has won two of its last three contests against Fresno State, but fell 21-3 in Mackay Stadium last season in a defensive showdown.
ON THE AIR
John Ramey and Mike Edwards will have the call in Northern Nevada on ESPN Radio 94.5 FM with a 60 minute pregame show prior to kickoff. Fans can also tune in to listen to Ramey and Edwards' broadcast online at TuneIn.com or via the TuneIn app.
Fans can watch the game on ESPN2, or stream it online with the WatchESPN app. Mike Couzens and Kirk Morrison will have the call on the television broadcast.
Fresno State leads the all-time series against Nevada 29-20-1, including earning a 21-3 victory last season in Mackay Stadium in quarterback Cristian Solano's first start for the Pack. Nevada has won six of its last 10 matchups against the Bulldogs, but are 9-16 all-time when facing them on the road.
The last time Nevada defeated Fresno State on the road (Nov. 5, 2016) it swept the Mountain West weekly awards, as James Butler won OPOW with 122 rushing yards and a TD, Dameon Baber won DPOW with three interceptions and Brent Zuzo won SPPOW knocking in three field goals.
Elijah Cooks has been one of Nevada's most productive receivers this season, leading the Wolf Pack with six touchdowns and 45 receptions while sitting at second on the team with 518 yards. Cooks has caught a pass in all 10 games this season and has caught at least three in nine of them. Nevada is 4-0 this season when Cooks records six or more receptions.
Cooks played a huge role in Nevada's season-opening victory, hauling in a career-high seven receptions for 60 yards and tying his single-game best with two touchdowns. The first was a leaping acrobatic catch midway through the third quarter for Nevada's second score of the game, while the biggest of his career came with 52 seconds left in regulation to tie the game against the Boilermakers.
Nevada cornerback Daniel Brown has cemented himself as one of the top defensive backs in the conference, as he has four interceptions this season, averaging 0.5 per game which ranks fifth in the FBS. Brown has recorded four of Nevada's picks this season, as they are ranked 27th in the nation with 10 picks. Two of his interceptions came in the season-opener against Purdue, the second with under a minute remaining in regulation that set up the game-winning field goal for the Pack. His third came in a 19-13 win against Weber State.
Nevada has one game remaining on the regular season schedule, the Battle for the Fremont Cannon against in-state rival UNLV. The Wolf Pack and Rebels will duke it out for rights to the Fremont Cannon on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 12 p.m. from Mackay Stadium in Reno. The Rebels are the current owner of the cannon, but the Pack has beaten UNLV in 11 of the last 14 matchups.