Wolf Pack Drop Home Opener To Toledo, 37-24
The Nevada Wolf Pack put up a good effort but penalties and late turnovers did them in.
Penalties And Turnovers Hurt The Wolf Pack As Nevada Drops Their Home Opener To Toledo 37-24.
The Nevada Wolf Pack put up a valiant, gritty performance this afternoon but costly penalties and turnovers late in the game doomed the Wolf Pack as they fell to the Toledo Rockets 37-24 as the Wolf Pack fall to 0-2 to start the 2017 season.
It was a game that saw the Wolf Pack have some bright spots but it was marred by turnovers late in the game and penalties as the Wolf Pack had nine penalties for 75 yards.
Now, the Rockets did have 14 penalties for 110 yards but a team like the Wolf Pack that is mostly young and rebuilding, that number of penalties can cripple any chance of defeating a talented team like the Toledo Rockets.
The action started in the first quarter when after Nevada failed to convert on fourth down when Ty Gangi (19-37, 277 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and one fumble) over threw McLane Mannix (six catches, 139 yards, one touchdown) and the Rockets got on the score board first when Jameson Vest, connected on a 25-yard field goal to give the Rockets a 3-0 lead.
After Nevada’s defense stopped the Rockets from scoring a touchdown in the red zone mid-way through the first quarter, the Wolf Pack got on the board with a 47-yard field goal by Spencer Petit to even the score at 3-3.
The Rockets retook the lead when they marched down the field and scored on a 12-yard TD catch from Logan Woodside (19 for 27, 232 yards, two touchdowns) to Diontae Johnson (four catches, 53 yards) to give Toledo a 10-3 lead.
In the second quarter, the Wolf Pack had a goal line stand after stopping the Rockets from scoring on four attempts and took over on downs but could not take advantage of it so they punted the ball to the Rockets. From there, the Rockets marched down the field and scored when Terry Swanson scored on a three-yard run to make it 17-3 Toledo.
The Wolf Pack defense looked like they may have turned the tide of the game when Vosean Grumble seemingly intercepted a bobbled pass from Rockets wide receiver Cody Thompson (eight catches, 101 yards, one touchdown) and returned it to the Toledo six-yard line but after a review by the refs, it was called back and ruled an incomplete pass.
From there, the Rockets were able to kick a field goal as Jameson Vest 26-yard field goal made it 20-3 Toledo.
Late in the second quarter, Gangi connected with Daiyan Henley (two catches, 23 yards, one touchdown) for a 19-yard touchdown to cut the Rockets lead to 20-10 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Rockets move down the field a 13 play, 57-yard drive that ends with Terry Swanson taking the ball into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown run to extend the Rockets lead to 27-10.
The Wolf Pack responded with a six-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Ty Gangi scoring on a quarterback keeper from one-yard out that made it a 27-17 Toledo lead.
On the next Toledo possession, the Rockets answer with a touchdown when Logan Woodside found Cody Thompson for an eight-yard score to extend the Rockets lead to 34-17. One play into Nevada’s next possession, Gangi connects with Mannix for a 75-yard touchdown pass that made it 34-24 Toledo.
In the fourth quarter, things were looking up for Nevada as Vest missed a 34-yard field goal to keep the score at 34-24 but two plays later, Gangi was sacked by Toledo’s Tuzar Skipper and Gangi lost the ball and was recovered by Skipper’s teammate, Nate Childress and the Rockets recovered the ball.
After the Wolf Pack held the Rockets to a three and out, the Wolf Pack got the ball back but five plays into that drive, Gangi gets hit after he throws a pass that is intercepted by Ju’Wan Woodley.
The Rockets then closed the book on the game with a nine play, 31-yard drive that the Rockets were able to get three points out of the drive when Vest connects on a 23-yard field goal to give the Rockets a 37-24 lead that became the final score.
The Wolf Pack, now 0-2, will face the Idaho State Bengals next Saturday as they look to be more efficient and mistake free on offense, consistent on defense and avoid an 0-3 start to begin the 2017 season.