The Nevada football team improves to 5-1 on the year and 2-0 in Mountain West play after defeating Hawaii 34-17 at Mackay Stadium on Saturday evening.
While the Wolf Pack would score first off a 23-yard field goal by Brandon Talton, Hawaii would quickly answer during their first possession of the game. Freshman quarterback Brayden Schager would start for the second game in a row for the Rainbow Warriors after starter Chevan Cordeiro has been sidelined with an injury. Dae Dae Hunter would score on a 75 yard run, putting Hawaii ahead 7-3 early. Toa Taua would score the Wolf Pack's first touchdown of the night, for his third rushing touchdown of the season, yet Hunter would race to the end zone again, this time an 81 yard run, as the Rainbow Warriors would lead 14-10 early in the second quarter.
Nevada's Tristan Nichols, who was tied for first in the nation in sacks heading into tonight's game, had a key third down stop late in the second quarter for the Wolf Pack, en route to his seventh sack of the season. Nichols finished the game with three tackles for loss and two sacks, leading the Wolf Pack with eight through the five games he's played this season. Nevada's Kameron Toomer, Jack Powers and Dom Peterson would each post a sack, for five total throughout the game, as the Wolf Pack is second in the FBS with 27 total sacks.
The Wolf Pack led 20-17 at halftime and Carson Strong would connect with Romeo Doubs early in the third quarter from 28 yards out for Doubs' second touchdown of the season. Tory Horton would claim Strong's second touchdown of the night from 3 yards out to seal the win. Cole Turner posted a career-high 12 catches and 175 yards in the win. Lawson Hall and Trevor Price would force two interceptions in the second half, for Price's first career pick. Daiyan Henley would force two interceptions, and now has three on the season. Strong completed 34-54 attempts for 395 yards with two touchdowns.
Up next, Nevada will face Fresno State on Oct. 23. The Bulldogs shut out Wyoming on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. Kickoff set for 4 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.