Nevada football gets first win of the season over Hawaii
RENO, Nev. —
When Jay Norvell took over the Nevada football team and announced that they would run the Air Raid Offense, he probably imagined games like the Wolf Pack's game against Hawaii on Saturday night.
Winning 35-21, the Pack amassed 566 yards of total offense with Ty Gangi going 25-of-32 for 278 and four touchdowns. Running back Kelton Moore also rushed for 216 yards and added five receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown.
Nevada wide receivers McLane Mannix and Wyatt Demps continued to shine for Nevada, with Demps amassing 111 yards and two touchdowns and Mannix also adding a touchdown in the contest.
The win not only marked the team's first win of the season, but also Jay Norvell's first win as a head coach.
Watch the highlights above to see how the game played out, and make sure to stick around for post-game sound at the end of the video.
Here are some post-game notes from Nevada's Athletic Department:
-Sophomore RB Kelton Moore posted an all-around career game. He finished with 216 rushing yards on 16 attempts, including a career-long 66-yard rush. He is the first Nevada player to rush for over 200 yards since Stefphon Jefferson ran for 247 against Northwestern State on Sept. 15, 2012 and is just the second player since 2010 to rush for over 200 yards. Moore also recorded career highs with five receptions for 46 yards and a receiving TD.
-Kelton Moore’s 66-yard rush in the first quarter, was the longest rush by a Nevada back this season, and is the longest of his career. His previous long was 14 yards set at Fresno State last week. It was the longest run play by a Nevada back since James Butler broke one for 77 yards in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl in 2015.
-Junior QB Ty Gangi began the game 10-for-10 for 119 yards and a touchdown before throwing his first incompletion in the second quarter. He finished the first half with just the one incompletion, going 15-for-16 for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
-Ty Gangi’s 17-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, which tied the game at 14, was Gangi’s longest rush of the season and second rushing TD of the year.
-Ty Gangi finished the game 25-for-32 for 278 yards and four passing TDs. He is the first Nevada QB to throw four TDs in a game since Tyler Lantrip threw four against Idaho on Dec. 3, 2011. He accounted for all five Nevada TDs in the game (4 pass, 1 rush), making him the first Pack player to score five TDs in a game since Cody Fajardo (2 rush, 3 pass) vs. Boise State in 2014.
-Nevada posted 566 yards of total offense in the game, the most in a game since it totaled 570 against San Diego State in 2013.
-The Nevada defense held Hawai’i to just 1-of-8 on third downs.
-Hawai’i committed 11 penalties for 114 yards to Nevada’s six penalties for 39 yards.
-Senior WR Wyatt Demps caught two touchdowns in the game for the second time this season. He leads the team with six TD receptions and has 15 in his career. He also recorded 111 receiving yards in the game, his second 100-yard receiving performance of his career.
-Nevada had 13 explosive plays (rush of 15+ yards, pass of 20+ yards) in the game, seven pass plays and six rushes. The 13 explosive plays are a season high (previous high was five vs. Idaho State.
-The Wolf Pack’s first touchdown of the game was the first TD scored by Nevada in the first quarter since the season opener at Northwestern.
-Junior DE Malik Reed’s two sacks in the fourth quarter gives him 9.5 in his career, and his forced fumble on the first sack was the fifth of his career. Sophomore LB Gabriel Sewell recovered the fumble for the first time in his career.
-Nevada’s 21-14 lead at halftime was the Pack’s first halftime lead since the season opener at Northwestern and the team’s first lead at Mackay Stadium this year.
-Junior DE Jordan Silva’s sack in the third quarter was his first of the season and third of his career.
-Junior CB Vosean Crumbie’s interception in the third quarter was his second of the season and gives him picks in back-to-back games.