Through 3 Quarters
Only one more quarter stands between the Nevada Wolf Pack and the win they were favored to collect going into this night. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 34-17.
RB Toa Taua has led the way so far for Nevada, as he has rushed for two TDs and 72 yards on 16 carries. Hawaii has been riding high on the performance of RB Dae Dae Hunter, who has rushed for two TDs and 174 yards on eight carries. Hunter has put himself on the highlight reel with an 81-yard TD scramble in the second quarter.
the Rainbow Warriors have lost 75% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this season, so this one seems just about wrapped up
Hawaii @ Nevada
Current Records: Hawaii 3-3; Nevada 4-1
What to Know
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors watched the action from their couches last weekend, but are set to take to the field. Hawaii and the Nevada Wolf Pack will face off in a Mountain West battle at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Clarence Mackay Stadium. The Rainbow Warriors aren't favored, but they just beat the odds in their last game, so don't count them out.
It was a close one, but two weeks ago Hawaii sidestepped the Fresno State Bulldogs for a 27-24 victory. The win came about thanks to a strong surge after the third quarter to overcome a 24-10 deficit. Hawaii's RB Calvin Turner did his thing and punched in one rushing touchdown in addition to snatching one receiving TD.
Hawaii's defense was a force to be reckoned with, as it collected four interceptions and two fumbles. DB Khoury Bethley picked up that interception and then proceeded to rub salt in the wound by taking it back the other way for a touchdown.
Meanwhile, if there were any doubts why Nevada was a heavy favorite Saturday, the team quickly laid those doubts to rest. They blew past the New Mexico State Aggies 55-28 last week. The contest was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 31-7. QB Carson Strong had a stellar game for the Wolf Pack as he passed for six TDs and 377 yards on 32 attempts. Strong's 65-yard touchdown toss to WR Melquan Stovall in the second quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the night.
The Rainbow Warriors are now 3-3 while Nevada sits at 4-1. A pair of defensive stats to keep an eye on: Hawaii is stumbling into the matchup with the 225th most touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 22 on the season. The Wolf Pack have experienced some struggles of their own as they are 182nd worst in the nation in passing touchdowns allowed, with nine on the season. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Clarence Mackay Stadium -- Reno, Nevada
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- Live Stream: CBSSports.com or fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Watch on your Phone: CBS Sports App
- Watch on Connected TV: CBS Sports App on Roku and Fire TV
- Ticket Cost: $16.77
The Wolf Pack are a big 14-point favorite against the Rainbow Warriors, according to the latest college football odds.
Bettors have moved against the Wolf Pack slightly, as the game opened with the Wolf Pack as a 16-point favorite.
Nevada have won three out of their last five games against Hawaii.
- Nov 28, 2020 - Hawaii 24 vs. Nevada 21
- Sep 28, 2019 - Hawaii 54 vs. Nevada 3
- Oct 21, 2018 - Nevada 40 vs. Hawaii 22
- Oct 07, 2017 - Nevada 35 vs. Hawaii 21
- Oct 24, 2015 - Nevada 30 vs. Hawaii 20