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Nevada defeats New Mexico State 55-28 to wrap up non-conference play

Nevada defeats New Mexico State 55-28 to wrap up non-conference play. (Photo courtesy: David Calvert/Nevada Athletics)

Carson Strong's second throw of the game for Nevada was picked off by New Mexico State's Syrus Dumas.

While Nevada could have let that play shift their momentum, it rather fueled the Wolf Pack defense, which forced four sacks in the first quarter alone. The sacks courtesy of Sam Hammond, Tristan Nichols and Trevor Price, along with a sack combined by Dom Peterson and Jack Powers. The Wolf Pack was in possession of the ball barely five minutes in the first quarter, and was 0-3 on third down conversions, but would get on the board by a 41 yard field goal by Brandon Talton. Nevada's offense and Strong would get rolling in the second quarter, off a touchdown by reigning Mountain West offensive Player of the Week, Toa Taua.

Strong would later connect with Justin Lockhart, Melquan Stovall and Cole Turner in the second quarter as the Wolf Pack would lead 31-7 at halftime. Stovall would haul in his first career touchdown with the Wolf Pack off a 65 yard pass.

Turner and Harry Ballard III would score on Nevada's first two drives of the second half, giving the Wolf Pack a 45-7 lead halfway through the third quarter. New Mexico State would score 21 of their 28 points in the fourth quarter, off three touchdowns. Nevada's defense would force six sacks against New Mexico State. BerDale Robins would force a fumble and recover the ball for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Carson Strong would complete 25-32 attempts for 377 yards, with a career-high six touchdown passes, with one interception. Nate Cox would complete 8-12 attempts for 84 yards, while Clay Millen was 1-2 for 2 yards.

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