Jordan Choukair missed a 33-yard field goal as time expired and Nevada held off a furious Oregon State comeback to win 37-35 on Saturday night.

Nevada (2-1) led 30-7 lead with 10:16 left in the second quarter after Asauni Rufus forced Conor Blount to fumble the ball, and Malik Reed picked it up and ran 48 yards for a touchdown.

After the defensive touchdown, Oregon State (1-2) replaced Blount at quarterback with Jake Luton, who left the season opener two weeks ago with a concussion against No. 4 Ohio State.

Oregon State outscored Nevada 28-7 the rest of the way.

Luton finished 23 of 35 for 284 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception.

Nevada's Ty Gangi was 17-of-35 passing for 195 yards and threw two touchdown passes.

The Beavers dominated Nevada through the air, passing for 459 yards compared to Nevada's 201. But the Wolf Pack's defensive front frustrated the Beavers' offense. Nevada recorded five sacks to Oregon State's one and held the Beavers to two yards rushing per carry.


Oregon State: The Beavers' extended their road losing streak to 21 games in a heartbreaking loss at Nevada.

Nevada: The Wolf Pack grabbed a rare win against a Power Five team and held on late against Oregon State.

-The Beavers lined up to attempt a 34-yard field goal with four seconds left on the clock and missed, sealing the win for Nevada. It marks Nevada’s first win over a Pac-12 and Power 5 school since it beat Washington State at home in 2014. It is also Nevada’s seventh win over a Power 5 team since it moved to FBS in 1992.
-True freshman Toa Taua’s opening drive rushing touchdown was the first of his career. He finished the game with a season-best 12 carries for 81 yards.
-The Pack defense recorded five sacks in the game, the most it has had in a game since it had six against San Jose State last November. It also had 11.0 tackles for loss, the most since it had 12.0 in the same game against SJSU.
-Nevada has scored a touchdown in 7 of 8 quarters at home this year.
-Nevada’s opening drive touchdown was the first time it has scored on its opening drive this season.
-Nevada’s second drive of the game used 14 plays, its longest drive of the season. The drive resulted in a 26-yard field goal by senior Ramiz Ahmed.
-The Wolf Pack offense was 4-for-4 to start the game on its offensive drives, with three TDs and a FG.
-In the second quarter, senior DB Asauni Rufus recorded a strip sack and senior LB Malik Reed picked up the ball and returned it 48 yards for a TD. It was Reed’s first career fumble recovery and defensive TD.
-The Wolf Pack out rushed the Beavers 156-81.
-Despite being outgained 540-357 in total yards, Nevada came out victorious.
-Junior P Quinton Conaway’s 63-yard punt in the second quarter was a career long. He finished the game with three punts inside the opponent 20-yard line.
-The Nevada defense held Oregon State to 3-of-15 on third down conversions.
-Junior DE Kaleb Meder recorded the first sack of his Division I career in the third quarter.
-Senior DB Jomon Dotson picked off a pass late in the first quarter, his first as a member of the Wolf Pack. He had one interception while at Washington. He finished the game with a career-high 11 tackles.
-Sophomore DB Berdale Robins intercepted the first pass of his career in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with a career-high nine tackles.
-True freshman Aaron Frost made his collegiate debut on the Pack’s second drive of the game on the offensive line.
-Nevada was only penalized five times in the game, a season low.
-The attendance of 20,462 at Mackay Stadium was the largest crowd since 22,411 packed Mackay against Fresno State in 2016.
-The win was the first for Nevada over Oregon State in program history. The all-time series between Nevada and Oregon State is now 1-3, in favor of Oregon State.

Associated Press