WSU vs Nevada – Preview


The Washington State Cougars will head down to Reno, Nevada to take on the Wolf Pack of Nevada tonight.

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The Cougars are coming off of a disappointing loss to Rutgers last week while Nevada is coming off a win over Southern Utah. The Cougars are trying to get back to a bowl game for the second consecutive year while Nevada is trying to get back to a bowl game after finishing last season 4-8.

Nevada has a strong group of returning players but those returning players last year were not the best when it came to defense. The Nevada run defense was second to last season and it doesn’t look to be improved much this year. After losing their safety and corner to graduation both Nevada and Washington State are running with a secondary that is young and inexperienced.

When it comes to offense both Nevada and Washington State are going to be returning their quarterbacks in Connor Halliday and Cody Fajardo.

Nevada runs a pistol offense and Fajardo is a dual threat quarterback who can take to the air and be accurate as he only threw 3 interceptions last season or go to the ground where he ran for over 1,000 yards just two seasons ago.

Below is a table showing a more in-depth look at both teams in specific categories

2013 Washington State2013 Nevada
Pass Yards/Avg Game/Rank4788 / 368 / 42968 / 247.3 / 52
Rush Yards/Avg Game/Rank694 / 53.4 / 1252183 / 181.9 / 49
All Purpose Yards Per Game/Rank421.4 / 54429.3 / 45
Points Scored Per Game31.026.9
Points Allowed Per Game32.534.4
Pass Defense/Rank269.6 / 114246.8 / 88
Rush Defense/Rank188.4 / 86258.5 / 124
Interceptions Thrown245
Total Defense458.00 / 103505.3 / 119
Pass Touchdowns/Allowed36 / 2317 / 19
Rushing Touchdowns/Allowed10 / 2523 / 34