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Nevada football moves up season opener against Purdue to Aug. 30

Kaleb Meder
Kaleb Meder and the Wolf Pack open the 2019 season against Purdue. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

The Wolf Pack football team's season opener against Purdue has been moved up a day.

The team will play at Mackay Stadium on Friday, Aug. 30, the schools announced Tuesday. The move was made to try and avoid playing on Labor Day weekend. Kickoff time and television coverage will be announced at a later date.

Purdue will be the second Big 10 team to visit Reno, the first coming in 2006 when Nevada beat Northwestern, 31-21. The Boilermakers are coming off a 6-7 season and a 5-4 mark in the Big Ten. That included a 49-20 win over Ohio State that was the Buckeyes' only defeat of the season.

This year's Nevada-Purdue game is the second of a home-and-home series that saw Nevada visit West Lafayette, Ind., in 2016. Purdue won that game, 24-14, despite the Wolf Pack posting a 4-0 edge in turnovers created. Both teams will be breaking in new quarterbacks in 2019 after losing veteran starters to graduation following the 2018 season.

The 2019 season will be Nevada's third year under head coach Jay Norvell, who guided the Wolf Pack to an 8-5 record last season, including a 5-3 mark in the Mountain West. Nevada capped its season with a 16-13 overtime win over Arkansas State in the Arizona Bowl. It was the sixth bowl win in school history.

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