The Nevada Wolf Pack Put Up Another Valiant Effort But It Was Not Enough As They Fall To Air Force 45-42
In an exciting back-and-fourth game, the Nevada Wolf Pack simply ran out of time as Air Force defeats Nevada 45-42 on a last second field goal.
Wolf Pack Run Out Of Time, Drop One To Air Force 45-42, Fall to 1-7.
It was another exciting game that went down to the wire for the Nevada Wolf Pack which was similar to their contest with Colorado State last Saturday. And just like that game against the Rams, the Wolf Pack ended up on the losing end of it.
The Wolf Pack fell to the Air Force Academy 45-42 on a last second field goal by Luke Strebek to give the Falcons the victory and drop the Wolf Pack’s record to 1-7 for the year. With the loss, the Wolf Pack are out of bowl contention.
It was a game like last week’s against Colorado State, where the Wolf Pack offense put on a good performance but the defense once again, fail to get stops at key moments. After Nevada tied the game at 42-42 with 3:57 left in regulation, the Falcons got the ball and proceeded to go on a 12-play drive that used all the time left in regulation as the Wolf Pack could not stop the Air Force offense from marching down the field and kicking the game winning field goal. The Wolf Pack had problems stopping Air Force all night to be fair but at a critical time, late in the game, Nevada’s defense failed to get a stop.
All in all, it was an exciting performance from two good offenses that came down to who had the ball last and Air Force was the last to have it and cashed in on that final drive to come away with the win on Nevada’s homecoming.
The scoring started in the first quarter when Nevada quarterback Ty Gangi connected with McLane Mannix for a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Wolf Pack a 7-0 lead. But Air Force responded with a five-yard touchdown run from Garrett Amy to tie the game at 7-7.
On Nevada’s next possession, the Wolf Pack used a little trickeration as Gangi threw the ball to wide receiver Andrew Celis who then threw it to Wyatt Demps for a 28-yard touchdown pass to put Nevada up 14-7.
In the second quarter, the Wolf Pack retook the lead with a 35-yard field goal from Spencer Petit to give Nevada a 17-14 lead. After the Wolf Pack defense forced an Air Force punt, the Wolf Pack marched down the field but could only get three points out of that drive as Petit was good from 37 yards to give Nevada a 20-14 lead.
On Air Force’s next possession, The Falcons marched the ball 75 yards on 15 plays and the drive was capped off with a four-yard touchdown run by Timothy McVey to give the Falcons the lead back at 21-20. Then, Air Force attempted an onside kick and successfully recovered the ball close to midfield. Four plays later, Ronald Cleveland scored on a 43-yard touchdown run to give Air Force a 28-20 lead.
In the third quarter, the Nevada defense did get a turnover as Wolf Pack defensive end Malik Reed strip sacked Arion Worthman and Austin Paulhus recovered the fumble for Nevada. The Wolf Pack were able to capitalize on the turnover by going on a six-play, 37-yard drive that was capped off by a 13-yard touchdown run by Gangi to cut the Air Force lead to two at 28-26. The Wolf Pack then went for the two-point conversion and was successful when Gangi connected with Wyatt Demps for two points to tie the game at 28-28.
On the next Falcons possession, Air Force went down the field again and got to the goal line where Nevada did hold them at the goal line but the Falcons went for it on fourth and goal at the Nevada one-yard line and scored the touchdown when Worthman punched it in on the quarterback keeper to put Air Force back on top 35-28.
Early in the fourth quarter, Air Force made a rare pass attempted and it was intercepted by Ahki Muhammad (his first pick of the season) to give the Wolf Pack the ball back. Nevada once again capitalized on a Falcon turnover as they marched down the field and scored a touchdown when running back Kelton Moore scored on a one-yard scamper to tie the game at 35-35.
On the Falcons next possession, they went down the field scoring on a 12 play, 75-yard drive that ended when Worthman took the ball in the end zone from three yards out to give Air Force the 42-35 lead. On Nevada’s next possession, the Wolf Pack responded with a seven-play drive that ended when Gangi connected with Daiyan Henley for an amazing one- handed catch for the touchdown to tie the game at 42-42.
Then Air Force got the ball back with 3:57 left in the game and went on a game ending 12 play drive that ended with Strabel’s game winning field goal to give the Falcons the win.
It’s another tough loss for the Wolf Pack that they’ll have to think about for a while as they are off next week and will return to action on November 4th as they face the Boise State Broncos.