Nevada can't make history as Wolf Pack loses bowl game 30-21

Published: Jan. 3, 2020 at 6:47 PM PST
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Nathan Rourke accounted for 241 yards of offense and ran for a touchdown to help Ohio beat Nevada 30-21 on in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Ohio finished 7-6, rebounding from a 1-3 start for its fifth straight winning season under coach Frank Solich. The 75-year-old former Nebraska coach received a two-year contract extension this week. Nevada also finished 7-6. The Wolfpack fired defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and two other defensive position coaches at the end of the regular season and were missing three key defensive starters suspended for fighting in a loss to rival UNLV.

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Postgame notes – Ohio

-Junior WR Elijah Cooks totaled career highs in receptions (14) and receiving yards (197). His 14 catches ties the Nevada bowl record for most in a single game and his 197 receiving yards sets a new Nevada bowl record.

-Redshirt freshman QB Carson Strong recorded the first 400-yard passing performance of his career, finishing with 402 yards. His 31 completions and 402 passing yards are both Nevada bowl game records. His 42-yard hook up with Elijah Cooks is sixth in the Nevada bowl record book.

-True freshman PK Brandon Talton scored Nevada’s first points of the game, hitting a 51-yard field goal on the Pack’s first drive. It marked Nevada’s longest made field goal in its bowl game history, and tied the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl record. Talton finished the game 3-for-3 in FG attempts.

-Brandon Talton’s 21 made field goals this season is tied for third in program history with Tony Zendejas (1981) and Kevin McKelvie (1990).

-Sophomore DE Dom Peterson recorded a sack in the fourth quarter, which caused a fumble, his second forced fumble this season and third of his career. The sack gives Peterson 9.0 this season and 12.0 for his career. He has recorded at least one tackle for loss in 12 of his last 13 games.

-Sophomore DB Jordan Lee finished the game with a career-high nine tackles, which led the team. His nine tackles are tied for seventh most in a Nevada bowl game.

-Junior DE Sam Hammond recovered two fumbles in the fourth quarter, the first multi-recovery game of his career.

-True freshman WR Melquan Stovall tied his career high with seven receptions and set a new career high with 84 receiving yards.

-Senior P Quinton Conaway’s 53-yard punt was the seventh longest in a Nevada bowl game.

-Quinton Conaway finishes his career at Nevada ranked fourth in career punts (171), fourth in career punting yards (7,224) and sixth in career punting average (42.2). His 2,621 punt yards this season are seventh-most in a single season.

-Senior Lucas Weber, who hadn’t played since Oct. 12 vs. SJSU, returned to the field and started at linebacker in his final collegiate game. He finished the game with four tackles.

-Sophomore Christian Swint earned his first career start, starting at safety. He also returned the game’s opening kickoff for his third kick return of the season. He finished the game with a career-high four tackles.

-The Wolf Pack held the Bobcats to just 2-of-11 on third down conversions.

-Nevada committed just four penalties in the game, tying its season low.

-Nevada is now 6-11 in its 17 bowl appearances.

-The all-time series between Nevada and Ohio is now 1-0 in favor of the Bobcats.

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