GAMEDAY College Football

Nevada 55, New Mexico State 28

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. - Carson Strong threw a career-high six touchdown passes - four in the second quarter - and Nevada cruised to a 55-28 win over New Mexico State.

Strong, who did not play in the fourth quarter, finished 25-of-32 passing for 377 yards with one interception.

But Strong got off to a rocky start. He threw an interception on Nevada's first offensive play from scrimmage and the Wolf Pack (4-1) went three-and-out on three of the next four drives and trailed 7-3 early in the second quarter before hitting Toa Taua, Justin Lockhart, Melquan Stovall and Cole Turner before halftime.

Nevada took the opening kick of the second half and Turner's 3-yard scoring catch capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive that made it 38-3. Strong connected with Henry Ballard for a 33-yard touchdown about four minutes later and cornerback BerDale Robins ripped the ball from New Mexico State's Jared Wyatt and raced 25 yards for a score to give Nevada a 52-3 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Jonah Johnson completed 38 of 62 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for the Aggies. His 3-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt with 8:59 left in the first quarter opened the scoring.

New Mexico State (1-6), an FBS Independent, has lost three in a row.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NMStNevada
NMSt TD 8:59 Jared Wyatt 19 yard TD pass from Jonah Johnson (Ethan Albertson Extra Point) 7 0
Nevada FG 1:35 Brandon Talton 41 yard field goal 7 3
Second Quarter NMStNevada
Nevada TD 12:34 Toa Taua 16 yard TD pass from Carson Strong (Brandon Talton Extra Point) 7 10
Nevada TD 7:24 Justin Lockhart 10 yard TD pass from Carson Strong (Brandon Talton Extra Point) 7 17
Nevada TD 3:09 Melquan Stovall 65 yard TD pass from Carson Strong (Brandon Talton Extra Point) 7 24
Nevada TD 1:26 Cole Turner 23 yard TD pass from Carson Strong (Brandon Talton Extra Point) 7 31
Third Quarter NMStNevada
Nevada TD 12:05 Cole Turner 3 yard TD pass from Carson Strong (Brandon Talton Extra Point) 7 38
Nevada TD 8:27 Harry Ballard 33 yard TD pass from Carson Strong (Brandon Talton Extra Point) 7 45
Nevada TD 4:37 Berdale Robins 25 yard fumble return for TD (Brandon Talton Extra Point) 7 52
Fourth Quarter NMStNevada
NMSt TD 13:57 Terrell Warner 18 yard TD pass from Jonah Johnson (Ethan Albertson Extra Point) 14 52
NMSt TD 9:19 PJ Johnson III 34 yard TD pass from Jonah Johnson (Ethan Albertson Extra Point) 21 52
Nevada FG 3:17 Brandon Talton 42 yard field goal 21 55
NMSt TD 0:06 Jonah Johnson 1 yard TD run (Ethan Albertson Extra Point) 28 55
Team Stats
  New Mexico State Nevada
First downs 25 27
  Rushing 4 3
  Passing 19 19
  Penalty 2 5
3rd Down Efficiency 6-19, 32% 2-10, 20%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 29-27 23-69
Passing Yards 425 463
Return Yards 93 68
Completions-Attempts-Int 38-62-0 34-46-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 6-40 4-20
Punts 10 6
Fumbles Lost 1-1 3-0
Penalties - Yards 11-108 5-50
New Mexico State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Johnson 38 62 425 3 0
Nevada Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Strong 25 32 377 6 1
N. Cox 7 11 68 0 0
C. Millen 2 3 18 0 0
New Mexico State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Price 10 37 3.7 0
O. Samuels 5 18 3.6 0
A. Bodison 1 4 4.0 0
A. Escobar 1 0 0.0 0
J. Johnson 12 -32 -2.7 1
Nevada Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Taua 7 28 4.0 0
A. Morrow 1 22 22.0 0
D. Lee 3 16 5.3 0
N. Cox 2 9 4.5 0
W. Kommer 2 8 4.0 0
D. Overstreet 3 5 1.7 0
C. Millen 1 -3 -3.0 0
C. Strong 2 -11 -5.5 0
New Mexico State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
I. Garcia-Castaneda 5 76 15.2 0
A. Bodison 5 67 13.4 0
J. Wyatt 6 64 10.7 1
J. Powers 2 59 29.5 0
T. Warner 6 51 8.5 1
P. Johnson III 5 49 9.8 1
A. Escobar 2 20 10.0 0
J. Price 2 17 8.5 0
C. Harrity 4 16 4.0 0
R. Vann 1 6 6.0 0
Nevada Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Stovall 7 155 22.1 1
J. Lockhart 7 103 14.7 1
H. Ballard 2 58 29.0 1
T. Horton 4 26 6.5 0
C. Turner 2 26 13.0 2
Z. Burns 1 25 25.0 0
W. Kommer 4 22 5.5 0
T. Taua 2 22 11.0 1
T. Mack 1 16 16.0 0
A. Morrow 1 9 9.0 0
D. Lee 1 3 3.0 0
J. Bell 1 1 1.0 0
C. Walters 1 -3 -3.0 0
New Mexico State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Mills 1 34
Nevada Interceptions
Player Int Yards
New Mexico State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Carlson 10 382 38.2
Nevada Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Diaz 5 215 43.0
N. Cox 1 20 20.0
New Mexico State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Dixon 1 3 3.0
Nevada Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Sanders 4 38 9.5
New Mexico State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Price 2 36 18.0
O. Samuels 1 20 20.0
Nevada Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Bell 1 30 30.0
New Mexico State Missed FG
Player Length
E. Albertson 47
Nevada Missed FG
Player Length
B. Talton 31




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