RENO, Nev. (AP) - Brandon Talton kicked a 40-yard field goal on the final play of the game, lifting Nevada to a 41-38 victory over San Jose State on Saturday after the Spartans rallied from a 21-point deficit.
Toa Taua ran for 160 yards and a touchdown for Nevada (4-2, 1-1 Mountain West Conference). On the final drive, Taua broke two tackles in the backfield and jumped over a third defender while losing his shoe for a 27-yard gain that moved the Wolf Pack passed midfield. Talton kicked the game winner six plays later.
Josh Love was 23-of-45 passing for 405 yards and threw three touchdown passes for San Jose State (3-3, 1-2). DeJon Packer had a pair of short-yardage touchdown runs in the second half.
Love's 20-yard touchdown pass to Tre Walker tied the game at 31-31 midway through the fourth quarter. Taua scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 75-yard drive with about four minutes left in the game. Packer scored on a 2-yard run with 2:36 remaining.
Malik Henry tossed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Romeo Doubs on the first play of the second half that stretched the Wolf Pack lead to 31-10.
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Postgame notes – SJSU
-True freshman PK Brandon Talton hit his second game-winning field goal of the season, knocking down a 40-yard field goal with time expiring. Talton was 2-for-2 in the game and remains perfect on the year, hitting 12-of-12. Nevada as a team has hit 15 consecutive field goal attempts dating back to last season.
-Sophomore RB Toa Taua became the first Nevada running back to eclipse 100 yards on the ground this season, finishing with 160 rushing yards on a career-high 34 carries. He collected his third rushing TD of the season, and ninth of his career, and recorded a season-high 27-yard rush in the game.
-Junior QB Malik Henry earned the first FBS start of his career. His first pass attempt went for 55 yards to junior WR Elijah Cooks.
-Malik Henry finished his first FBS start 22-of-37 for 352 yards and one touchdown pass. Henry is the Pack’s first 300-yard passer since Ty Gangi threw for 314 against SJSU last November.
-The first offensive play of the second half went 75 yards for a touchdown from Malik Henry to sophomore WR Romeo Doubs, marking the Pack’s longest offensive play of the season.
-Romeo Doubs finished the game with a career-high 146 receiving yards, becoming Nevada’s first 100-yard receiver of the season. He made five receptions to average nearly 30 yards per catch.
-In his second game of the season, sophomore Devonte Lee scored his first rushing touchdown of the year to open the scoring in the first quarter. He put Nevada up 21-3 in the second quarter with his second rushing TD of the game, the third multi-TD game of his career.
-Nevada totaled 541 yards of total offense, marking its first game above 500 this season and the most it has put up since it recorded 636 against Colorado State last year.
-Nevada’s 41 points scored marked a season-high. The previous season high was 37 points at UTEP.
-The Wolf Pack defense held the Spartans to just 15 net rushing yards, its lowest opponent rushing total since it surrendered 30 to the Spartans a season ago.
-The Nevada defense has forced at least one turnover in 10 of its last 11 games. The Wolf Pack recorded an interception and a fumble recovery in Saturday’s game.
-Nevada’s first touchdown of the game was its first touchdown scored in the first quarter this season.
-Junior DB Austin Arnold returned the first interception of his career 40 yards for a touchdown to put Nevada ahead 14-0 early in the first quarter. It was the first interception returned for a TD by Nevada since Daniel Brown against Portland State to open the 2018 season.
-Junior WR Elijah Cooks posted a single-game career-high 94 receiving yards on six receptions.
-Senior WR John Humphrey returned the first kickoff of his Wolf Pack career in the first quarter for 33 yards, the longest kick return by a Pack player this season.
-Junior Tyler Orsini and sophomore Gray Davis each earned the first starts of their career on the offensive line.
-Sophomore TE Crishaun Lappin’s 19-yard reception in the first quarter marked the longest catch of his career.
-Nevada led 24-10 at halftime, its second halftime lead of the season. The other was a 21-14 lead at UTEP.
-Senior WR Ben Putman recovered a fumble on a punt in the fourth quarter, his second fumble recovery on a punt this season. His other was at Oregon.
-Nevada held the Spartans to just 2-of-12 on third down conversions.
-The second of three Gritiron Luncheons will be held this Monday, Oct. 14 at the Silver Legacy Expo Ballroom at 11:30 a.m. Cost of the luncheons are just $20 per person and the lunches are open to the public with no RSVP necessary. For more information, call (775) 682-6901.
-The all-time series between Nevada and San Jose State is now 22-9-2 in favor of the Wolf Pack. Nevada has beaten the Spartans in 10 out of the last 11 meetings.