Pack Celebrates Senior Night, Hosts Fresno State Saturday

RENO, Nevada (Nevada Athletics) –

Nevada (2-8.0-6 MW) vs Fresno State (6-4.5-1 MW)

Saturday Nov. 19 – 7:30 p.m.

Reno, Nevada – Mackay Stadium

TV: CBS Sports Network (PxP: Chris Lewis; Analyst: Robert Turbin)

Radio: ESPN 94.5 FM / The Varsity Network (PxP: John Ramey; Analyst: Mike Edwards)

RENO, NV- Nevada (2-8, 0-6 MW) wraps up its 2022 home campaign with Senior Night this Saturday against Fresno State. Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will air on CBS Sports Network, with Chris Lewis (play-by-play) and Robert Turbin (analyst) on the call. The Wolf Pack Radio Network will also be calling the game on ESPN 94.5 FM with John Ramey (play-by-play) and Mike Edwards (analyst) in the booth, with the 60-minute pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m.


Saturday’s contest will be the 54th all-time meeting between Nevada and Fresno State. The Bulldogs lead the series, 30-23-1, while the teams are tied 13-13-1 when playing at Mackay Stadium. Last year, Nevada lost a 34-32 decision at Fresno when a late two-point conversion failed.


Fresno State (6-4, 5-1 MW) had a five-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s game, and the winning streak coincided with the return of starting quarterback Jake Haener from an injury early in the season. Haener has thrown for 1,888 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, while Jordan Mims has rushed for 872 yards and 10 touchdowns.


Nevada plans to honor its senior class ahead of Saturday night’s game against Fresno State. Although the full list of players to be honored is not finalized (due to available redshirts and COVID “bonus” years), the ceremony will be held prior to the game on the pitch.


Nevada safety Bentlee Sanders, one of the seniors honored Saturday night, has earned significant national recognition in recent weeks for his outstanding play this season.

On October 18, Sanders was named to the Associated Press Midseason All-America Team, taking one of the safeties alongside Georgia’s Christopher Smith. This Monday, Oct. 24, Sanders was once again honored by being named one of 12 semi-finalists for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the best defensive back in college football.

Sanders has been an individual takeout machine in 2022, having appeared in eight of Nevada’s 18 takeouts. He is one of eight players tied for second in the nation with five interceptions, and is tied for third in the nation with three forced fumbles.


Senior kicker Brandon Talton hit a milestone with his 26-yard field goal on the final play of the first half Saturday against Boise State. The basket was the 65th of Talton’s career, making him Mountain West’s career leader, surpassing the mark of 64 set by Utah State’s Dominik Eberle (2015-19).

Talton, named to the 2022 Lou Groza Award preseason watch list in July, was 6-for-6 on field goal attempts and 12-for-12 on PATs in four games this season before suffering an injury. training the week before the September 23 game at the Air Force. The injury forced him to miss the next five games before returning against Boise State.

Talton ranks third on Nevada’s career lists in field goals and third in kicks with 314 points.

On September 3 against Texas State, Talton’s fifth PAT of the game took him to 300 career points, making him the eighth player and fourth kicker in Nevada history to reach that mark.


Running back Toa Taua continued a strong final season at Nevada, hitting the century mark for the third time this season with his 103-yard effort Saturday against Boise State. It was Taua’s second 100-yard performance in three career games against the Broncos, after rushing for 124 yards in last year’s 41-31 win.

Toa and his older brother Vai, Nevada’s current assistant head coach and a Wolf Pack running back from 2007 to 2010, each played three times against Boise State and each recorded two 100-yard rushing games.

Taua is also advancing into the respective Top 10 of a few all-time Nevada categories thanks to his performances this season.

Taua entered 2022 in Nevada’s top 10 in career rushing yards and currently sits seventh at 3,760 yards. His 809 career rushing attempts are the fifth all-time at Nevada through Nov. 12. His 32 rushing touchdowns rank ninth in Nevada history.


Senior DT Dom Peterson entered the 2022 season as one of the best defensive linemen in Mountain West and the country. In the first 10 games of 2022, he is meeting that standard, already racking up 11.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and three fumble recoveries. He currently ranks second in tackles for loss and third in sacks on Nevada’s career lists.


Another Wolf Pack career man playing his final game at Mackay this Saturday night is nickel Tyson Williams. Williams, an honorable mention All-Mountain West in 2020, is second in the field in tackles this season with 58 (40 solo), with one interception, two forced fumbles and 5.5 tackles for loss. Heading into Saturday’s game against Fresno State, Williams is Nevada’s active career leader in tackles (277), interceptions (seven) and passes defended (17).

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