RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - "I think the recipe for how we have to play was in play Saturday night. We have to score points, we have to get takeaways on defense, we have to pressure the quarterback, and I really believe that if we manage the run game then we have a chance to win every week.
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The saying 'third time's a charm' perfectly encompasses the way Nevada played in its third game of the season. Nevada really made strides in Saturday's game against Oregon State that can lead to success against Toledo this weekend. The Pack will need another complete performance to top the Rockets.
"They're the Mid-American Conference Champions. They're a very well-coached team, I have as much respect for them as I do for any team that we've played since I've been here. It's a big challenge for us. We have a really good feel for what they're going to do, we played them last year, and I think we understand their strengths and weaknesses fairly well."
Familiarity will definitely play a factor in Saturday's contest. Toledo topped the Pack at Mackay Stadium in week 2 last season 37-24. Both teams are different personnel wise this time around, but all eyes will be on the Wolf Pack defense. The unit will need to play especially well this time around in order to limit an offense that averages 45 points per game.
"Their whole offense is good, they're just a high powered offense and super balanced. They're really good up front, they have really good receivers, a good running back. The whole game is going to be a challenge but I think we're up to it."
On the other side of the ball for Nevada, the offense showed glimpses of how potent this air raid system can be in the win over Oregon State. Nevada scored on each of its first four series. But then the group went more than an entire half of game time without putting points on the board. Senior quarterback Ty Gangi knows that has to change.
"That's what we're emphasizing right now is playing all four quarters and executing all four quarters. We're going to be in a lot of tight games this year so it's going to take a lot of executing and playing well all four quarters of the game (to get a win)."