The Nevada Wolfpack travel to Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday to face the Kansas State Wildcats
Nevada has opened its regular season with two consecutive victories. The Wolf Pack defeated California 22-17 in the opening game of the season and followed that with a 49-10 victory over Idaho State this past weekend. Nevada's defense has played well allowing an average of only 13.5 points per game while the offense in the second game against Idaho State played much better than in the first game by scoring 49 points. Nevada does not have any players listed on its injury report.
Kansas State has also opened its regular season with two consecutive victories. The Wildcats opened with a 24-7 win over the Stanford Cardinal and followed that with a 31-23 victory over Southern Illinois this past Saturday. However, Kansas State suffered a big loss when starting quarterback Skylar Thompson was ruled out indefinitely due to a knee injury. Before being injured, Thompson was the leading passer for the Wildcats. Kansas State does not have any other players besides Thompson on its injury report
Nevada spacing attack paying dividendsThe strength of the Nevada offense is its passing game. The Wolf Pack is 108th in the nation in rushing with an average of 103.0 yards per game but are 7th overall in passing with an average of 376.5 yards passing per game. Carson Strong has passed for 693 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception. The running game is led by Toa Taua with 140 yards while the leading receiver is Tory Hunter with 149 yards while Romeo Doubs is close behind with 138 yards receiving and one touchdown reception.
The Nevada defense has also started the season strong allowing an average of 13.5 points per game, which is 31st in the nation. Nevada is allowing an average of 306.5 yards of offense per game with 147.0 yards rushing and only 159.5 yards passing per game. Linebacker Daiyan Henley is the leading tackler for the Wolf Pack with 17, while tackle Tristan Nichols is the leader in quarterback sacks with 3.0 and cornerback Isaiah Essissima has Nevada’s only interception.
Will Howard Takes Over for Injured ThompsonThe Kansas State offense has performed well through the first two games, but will be without starting quarterback Skylar Thompson. K-State is averaging an impressive 204.0 yards rushing per game which is 38th in the nation and only 158.0 yards per game passing which is 109th. Will Howard took over for the injured Thompson in the victory over Idaho State and passed for 76 yards but was intercepted once. Ground attack becomes more important now and Deuce Vaughn will take center stage. Vaughn has rushed for 244 yards and four touchdowns. The leading receiver is Malik Knowles with 125 yards.
DEUCE MOOD ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/lWOXTeBK2Y— K-State Football (@KStateFB) September 12, 2021
Kansas State is currently 34th in the nation allowing an average of 15.0 points and 254.5 yards per game. The Wildcats are allowing an average of only 185.0 yards rushing and 69.5 yards per game passing. K-State linebackers Cody Fletcher and Daniel Green are leading the team in tackles with 13. Defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah is the leader in quarterback sacks with 3.0 and three different players have each intercepted one pass.
- Kansas State is 1-4 ATS in the last five against a team with a winning record
- Nevada is 4-1 ATS in the last five
- The Wolf Pack is 5-0 ATS in the last five against a non-conference opp opponent