The Nevada Wolf Pack Earn Their First Win Of The Season As They Defeat Hawaii 35-21
Led by Ty Gangi, Kelton Moore and others, Nevada picks up their first win of the season over Hawaii 35-21 in Reno.
Nevada Victorious Over Hawaii To Earn First Win Of The Season.
How sweet it is for the Nevada Wolf Pack to break through with their first win of the 2017 season after a difficult first month of the season that saw tough losses, a quarterback controversy and just an overall inferior performance by Nevada after the first five games of the season.
Powered by some fantastic performances by Kelton Moore (19 carries. 216 yards), Ty Gangi (25/32, 278 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and six carries for 35 yards and one touchdown) and stellar defensive play Mailk Reed and others, the Wolf Pack defeat Hawaii 35-21 in Reno to give Nevada their first win of the season and snap a five-game losing streak.
Most importantly the win gives Jay Norvell his first ever win as head coach of the Wolf Pack and a potential confidence booster heading into the middle portion of this season.
The scoring in this game stated in the first quarter when Hawaii quarterback Dru Brown (18/27, 229 yards, two touchdowns, one interception) connects with John Ursua (nine catches, 126 yards, one touchdown) on a ten-yard touchdown pass to give Hawaii a 7-0 lead. On Nevada’s first possession, a 66-yard run by Kelton Moore sets up a Ty Gangi to McLaine Mannix (six catches, 35 yards, one touchdown) touchdown pass from seven yards out as the game was tied at 7-7.
In the second quarter, Hawaii retakes the lead when Dru Brown connects with Kade Greeley for a 42-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7 Rainbow Warriors. Nevada responds on their next possession when after a 43-yard running play by Kelton Moore, Ty Ganagi takes the ball in the end zone three plays later on a 17-yard quarterback keeper to tie the game at 14-14.
After Nevada’s defense forces a Hawaii punt, the Wolf Pack quickly scored on a four play, 66-yard drive when Gangi hooked up with Wyatt Demps (seven catches, 11 1 yards, two touchdowns) for a two-yard touchdown pass to give Nevada a 21-14 lead, which was their first lead since the first game of the season against Northwestern.
In the third quarter, after Vosean Crumbie picked off a Dru Brown pass and the Wolf Pack converted on a fourth and six, Ty Gangi threw his third touchdown of the game as he found Kelton Moore for a 22-yard screen pass to extend Nevada’s lead to 28-14. Hawaii responded quickly on their next possession when Diocemy Saint Juste scored on a 75-yard touchdown run to cut Nevada’s lead to 28-21.
After Gangi threw an interception, Hawaii got the ball back but the Wolf Pack defense rose to the challenge as Malik Reed strip-sacked Brown and Gabe Sewell recovered the ball for the Wolf Pack early in the fourth quarter. After that Wolf Pack turnover, Nevada cashed in with a four play, 36-yard drive that ended with Gangi connecting with Demps once more for a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it a 35-21 Nevada lead which would be the final score.
It was a game of first, not only was this the first win for the Wolf Pack in 2017 but it was the first win of the Jay Norvell era and for running back Kelton Moore, whose 216-yard performance on the ground tonight, made him the first Nevada running back since Stefon Jefferson in 2012 to rush for 200 yards in a game. And, the 566 yards of total offense was the most the Wolf Pack gained since 2013 when they racked up 599 yards of total offense against Air Force.
With the win the Wolf Pack move to 1-5 and 1-1 in conference play and will travel to Fort Collins Colorado as they face off against the Colorado State Rams next Saturday night.