Nevada's offense sputters again; Wolf Pack loses 31-3 to Wyoming

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Xazavian Valladay rushed for a career-high 206 yards, Sean Chambers threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and Wyoming defeated Nevada 31-3 on Saturday.

Wyoming, bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season, has won seven consecutive home games.

Wyoming (6-2, 3-1 Mountain West) had 258 rushing yards and 221 passing yards for a total of 479. The bulk of the Cowboys' passing yards came from Chambers, who was 6 of 9 for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Tyler Vander Waal was 3 of 10 for 63 yards with a touchdown.

Wyoming led 24-3 at halftime and Vander Waal's 25-yard pass to tight end Jackson Marcotte capped the scoring with 11:54 remaining in the third quarter.

Nevada's score came on a 28-yard field goal by Brandon Talton late in the first quarter. Carson Strong completed 26 of 40 passes for 247 yards for the Wolf Pack (4-4, 1-3).

Valladay's previous best was 192 yards at New Mexico last season, also a 31-3 victory for the Cowboys.

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Postgame notes courtesy of Nevada Athletics:

Senior NT Hausia Sekona recorded the first sack of his career in the first quarter.
-True freshman WR Melquan Stovall recorded a career-high seven receptions, leading the team. He totaled 57 receiving yards.
-Junior DB Berdale Robins picked off a pass for the third time in his career and second game in a row after also having one at Utah State last weekend.
-The Nevada defense has forced at least one turnover in 12 of its last 13 games. The Wolf Pack recorded an interception in Saturday's game.
-Sophomore WR Romeo Doubs finished the game just two yards shy of recording his second 100-yard receiving game of the season, totaling 98 yards on five catches.
-Nevada had 10 receivers with a reception in the game, tying its season high.
-Sophomore RB Devonte Lee turned a 3rd-and-1 into a career-long rush of 31 yards in the second quarter. His previous career-long was 20 yards in the 2018 season opener.
-Redshirt freshman QB Carson Strong completed nine passes to seven different receivers in the first half.
-True freshman PK Brandon Talton went 1-for-2 in the game, hitting a 28-yarder in the first half and missing a 30-yard field goal in the second half. Talton is 14-of-16 on the season.
-The Nevada defense has recorded an interception in six of the team’s eight games this season.
-Senior LB Kyle Adams tied with junior DB Austin Arnold for the team lead in tackles with seven, a season high for Adams.
-Junior LB Lamin Touray and junior DE Sam Hammond each collected a career-high five tackles in the game.
-The all-time series between Nevada and Wyoming is now 5-3 in favor of the Cowboys. Wyoming has now won three straight over Nevada.