NCAAF Game Recap - Nevada at San Diego State
Sat Nov 9, 2019 10:30 PM EST

LSU
46
Ala
41
F
MD
14
OHSt
73
F
Clem
55
NCSt
10
F
PSU
26
Minn
31
F
Mizzu
0
UGA
27
F
IASt
41
Okla
42
F
Vand
0
Fla
56
F
Bayl
29
TCU
23
F(2OT)
ND
38
Duke
7
F
Iowa
22
Wisc
24
F
UConn
3
Cin
48
F
K St
24
Tex
27
F
Wyo
17
Boise
20
F OT
Wake
17
VaTec
36
F
ECU
51
SMU
59
F
Nev
17
SDSU
13
F
Kent
33
Toled
35
F
Ball
31
WestMI
35
F
MiaOH
24
Ohio
21
F
ULLaf
48
CoCar
7
F
Temp
17
SoFL
7
F
UCF
31
Tuls
34
F
Wash
19
OreSt
7
F
Purd
24
NW
22
F
W Ky
45
Ark
19
F
TxTch
38
WVU
17
F
FlaSt
38
BC
31
F
UMass
7
Army
63
F
GATec
28
UVA
33
F
UTSA
24
OD
23
F
SoAl
28
TxSt
30
F
Char
28
UTEP
21
F
Stan
13
Colo
16
F
GaSo
28
Troy
49
F
USC
31
AzSt
26
F
UAB
2
SMiss
37
F
Ill
37
MSU
34
F
Lou
27
MiaFL
52
F
NMSt
3
Miss
41
F
NorTx
17
LaTec
52
F
GASt
31
ULMon
45
F
FLInt
7
FlAtl
37
F
UtSt
37
Fres
35
F
WaSt
20
Cal
33
F
App
20
SCar
15
F
Lib
24
BYU
31
F
Tenn
17
KY
13
F
SJSU
40
Hawaii
42
F

Nov 9, 2019, 10:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Nevada (6-4)

3

0

7

7

17

(24) San Diego State (7-2)

0

3

7

3

13

Cooks, Lee lead Nevada to 17-13 win vs. No. 24 San Diego St.
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:05 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Nevada Wolf Pack didn't flinch against No. 24 San Diego State and came away with an impressive victory.

Wide receiver Elijah Cooks threw a 50-yard pass on a trick play to set up Devonte Lee's go-ahead, 1-yard run with 10:31 to go and the Wolf Pack beat the Aztecs 17-13 Saturday night.

The Wolf Pack surprised the Aztecs' tough defense with a reverse, with running back Toa Taua flipping the ball to Cooks, who stopped and threw a strike to Brendan O'Leary-Orange at the SDSU 5. Three plays later, Lee burst into the end zone for a 17-10 lead.

Inconsistent this season, the Wolf Pack (6-4, 3-3 Mountain West) became bowl eligible and defeated the Aztecs for the second straight season. SDSU (7-2, 4-2) struggled in its first action since jumping into The Associated Press Top 25 two weeks ago. The Aztecs, whose four-game winning streak was snapped, still lead the West Division.

"It's hard to catch this team. It's hard to get them out of position," Nevada coach Jay Norvell said. "It's hard to get behind them and so we just felt like we needed to make a play like that along the way to help get behind them. Fortunately we did."

Cooks said he was nervous when the play call came in, "but I told O.J., `Slow down and just go and I'm going to hit you.' He did that and it worked out perfectly.

"I played quarterback growing up. My whole goal coming up when I was a little kid was I wanted to throw at least one pass in college and I did that," Cooks added. "I'm really hyped about that. That was fun."

Redshirt freshman quarterback Carson Strong was impressed with Cooks' pass.

"That was a better pass than people think because he led him to the grass area where the defense wasn't at and it was a beautiful ball. Put a nice touch on it, let O.J. run under it, that was a really great throw."

The Wolf Pack's go-ahead score came after SDSU converted on a daring fourth-down play that was nullified by a holding call. Coach Rocky Long went for it on fourth-and-1 from his 17 and Chase Jasmin converted, but Jacob Capra was called for holding, forcing the Aztecs to punt.

SDSU's Matt Araiza kicked a 44-yard field goal with 3:46 to go. The Aztecs got the ball back but the drive fizzled near midfield and they turned it over on downs with 1:25 to go.

Cooks also caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Strong to give the Wolf Pack a 10-3 lead midway through the third quarter.

Strong, making his third straight start and seventh overall, led an impressive drive to open the second half. The drive was kept alive when Lee ran the wildcat for two yards on fourth-and-1 from the SDSU 10. After a false start, Strong found Cooks open in the end zone for the score. After a brief end zone celebration, the two ran off the field together.

The Aztecs countered with a long drive of their own to tie it on Chance Bell's 3-yard run.

Strong said the Wolf Pack "just had absolute confidence we were going to win this game. We knew a lot of people had written us off, just basically thrown us in the trash for the rest of our season, but we never believed that."

Long was disappointed with critical penalties.

"Way too many penalties. That's an undisciplined�football team and that's my fault. It's amazing, the penalties had a lot to do with us losing the game. They don't always, but obviously they had a huge impact on tonight's game. Most of the penalties put us in bad field position the whole night and we didn't overcome it."

The teams played to a 3-3 halftime tie, with Brandon Talton kicking a 34-yard field goal for Nevada in the first quarter and SDSU's Araiza kicking a 21-yarder early in the second quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Nevada: Strong looked impressive at a position where there's been upheaval this season. He started the first three games before coach Jay Norvell tried Malik Henry and Cristian Solano before going back to Strong. Strong was coming off a 305-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 21-10 win against New Mexico.

San Diego State: The Aztecs continued to struggle to score points with their new spread offense. The Aztecs were driving inside the Nevada 15 late in the first half after Chase Jasmin leaped over the pile on fourth-and-1 for the first down. But Ryan Agnew threw an incompletion in the end zone and then was intercepted by Daniel Brown, who leaped for the pick at the 1 and returned it 22 yards.

"Obviously it's hard to win football games if we don't score, and our offense is having unbelievable struggles scoring," Long said. "I don't have the answer or I'd fix it."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

SDSU's stay in The Top 25 is likely to be short. The Aztecs jumped into the rankings at No. 25 after a close victory at UNLV two weeks ago and then moved up a spot despite being off last week.

UP NEXT

Nevada is off next weekend and visits Fresno State on Nov. 23.

San Diego State hosts Fresno State on Friday night in a game that will help decide the MWC West Division title.

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Passing

Nev Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Strong 26 19 73.1 1 147 30 1 83.3
E. Cooks 1 1 100.0 0 50 50 0 118.8
SDSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
R. Agnew 35 18 51.4 0 196 28 1 56.4

Rushing

Nev Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Taua 12 19 1.6 6 0
D. Lee 10 13 1.3 11 1
SDSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Bell 11 40 3.6 10 1
C. Jasmin 9 34 3.8 10 0

Receiving

Nev Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Roberson 1 0 0.0 0 0
B. O'Leary-Orange 1 50 50.0 50 0
SDSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Washington 1 0 0.0 0 0
K. Smith 5 40 8.0 12 0

Fumbles

Returning

Nev KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Doubs 0 - 0 0 3 15.7 0 23
M. Stovall 1 8.0 0 8 0 - 0 0
SDSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Matthews 0 - 0 0 3 5.7 0 9
J. Byrd 2 25.0 0 28 0 - 0 0

Punting

Nev Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Q. Conaway 5 221 44.2 48
SDSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Heicklen 6 307 51.2 59

Takeaways

Nev Int Yds InTD
D. Brown 1 22 0
SDSU Int Yds InTD
D. Hall 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Nev SDSU
Points For 17 13
Total Yards 226 309
Rushing Yards 29 113
Passing Yards 197 196
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/27 18/35
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 12 18
Penalties - Yards 4/28 9/79
Time Of Possession 41:41 19:19
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/12 7/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 2/3
Punts - Average Yards 6/41 6/51

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Nev SDSU
Nev 11:38 FG Brandon Talton 34 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter Nev SDSU
SDSU 1:45 FG Matt Araiza 21 yd FG 3 3
3rd Quarter Nev SDSU
Nev 7:48 TD Elijah Cooks 13 yd pass from Carson Strong (Brandon Talton kick) 10 3
SDSU 13:36 TD Chance Bell 3 yd run (Matt Araiza kick) 10 10
4th Quarter Nev SDSU
Nev 4:29 TD Devonte Lee 1 yd run (Brandon Talton kick) 17 10
SDSU 11:14 FG Matt Araiza 44 yd FG 17 13

Game Information

Stadium: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, California
Attendance: 27,973
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