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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Reagan Roberson bulldozed via one tackler and dove into the tip zone on an 11-yard catch-and-run in time beyond regulation, lifting Nevada over Arkansas State 16-13 within the Arizona Bowl on Saturday.
“That is proper up there on the high so far as guys combating and believing in one another,” Nevada coach Jay Norvell stated.
Nevada (8-5) labored towards Arkansas State’s defensive entrance all recreation earlier than coming to life late, going up 10-7 on Devonte Lee’s 1-yard landing run with 1:06 left.
Arkansas State (8-5) racked up 499 yards, however was 1 for five within the purple zone with two turnovers earlier than marching rapidly down the sphere on the finish of regulation. Blake Grupe, who had one subject purpose blocked and badly missed on one other, drilled a 32-yarder to tie it on the ultimate play.
Grupe opened time beyond regulation with a 24-yard subject purpose, however Roberson bulled his means into the tip zone to ship the Wolf Pack dashing onto the sphere.
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“We’ve been working that play I don’t understand how lengthy,” Nevada quarterback Ty Gangi stated. “I gave him an opportunity and he made an ideal play for me, broke a deal with and dove into the tip zone for the winner.”
Gangi had 200 yards and a landing on 18-of-34 passing with two interceptions.
Arkansas State’s Justice Hansen threw for 275 yards, but in addition had three interceptions — two ultimately zone — after throwing six in the course of the common season. Warren Wand ran for 140 yards for the Purple Wolves.
“Actually, I really feel like I allow them to down,” Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson stated. “My job as the top coach and offensive coordinator is to place factors on the board and we simply left too many.”
Nevada and Arkansas State got here to the desert recognized for his or her prolific quarterbacks and high-scoring methods. Neither confirmed up in a stuck-in-the-mud first half.
Each quarterbacks airmailed receivers a number of instances, together with one by Hansen that was intercepted on the Wolf Pack 20.
Gangi opened 1 for six and hit a couple of passes after that, establishing Ramiz Ahmed’s 36-yard subject purpose. Nevada had 72 whole yards at halftime, but solely trailed 7-3.
Hansen was a bit simpler regardless of the choose, establishing the Purple Wolves for 3 scoring possibilities. They transformed one: Marcel Murray’s 2-yard TD run.
The sooner subject purpose fiascos appeared to have an effect on play calling the opening drive the second half. As a substitute of making an attempt a subject at fourth-and-goal from the 4, the Purple Wolves tried a trick play. The Wolf Pack sniffed it out and stuffed offensive lineman Lanard Bonner after he caught a again cross from Hansen.
Arkansas State once more had the ball inside Nevada’s 10 the subsequent sequence after an interception, however the Wolf Pack intercepted a tipped cross ultimately zone.
Subsequent two sequence, identical factor: Arkansas State interception, Nevada interception ultimately zone.
“Clearly, a tough day for us,” Anderson stated.
Nevada’s offense got here to life at simply the suitable time to keep away from ending the season with a loss to rival UNLV and a disappointing bowl efficiency.
Arkansas State will lament its misplaced offensive alternatives all offseason.
Arkansas State: Hansen is a senior, so the Purple Wolves will want a brand new QB subsequent season. Additionally they have 14 gamers on their two-deep roster who’re seniors.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack additionally might be trying to find a brand new QB with Gangi in his ultimate 12 months of eligibility. Additionally they have 14 seniors on the two-deep roster, most of their talent gamers on offense ought to be again.
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