Here They Come--The Wolf Pack Of Reno!

They've been immortalized on 96.9 The Eagle all this week. They'll soon be in town but to whet everyone's appetite, here is a look at the Wolf Pack of Reno!

With Utah State in the rear view mirror, it's back to Boise for the Broncos where they will take on the Nevada Wolf Pack of Reno for the 2009 Western Athletic Conference title.  

 

Boise State enters their 36th meeting against the Wolf Pack with a 23-12 all-time record.  The last match-up ended in a close 41-34 Bronco victory in Reno , Nevada Nevada currently resides atop the WAC standings with a 7-0 conference record (8-3 overall).

 

Nevada is led by longtime head coach Chris Ault (200-94-1), who is in his third overall stint since 1976 with the Wolf Pack.  Not only is Ault the most successful coach in Nevada history, but is just one of four active coaches to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  He is also just one of six active coaches to reach 200 wins, which puts him on a prestigious list with the likes of Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden, Jim Tressel, Frank Beamer, and Mack Brown.  Ault is crowned the master of comebacks and halftime adjustments, as he has constructed a whopping 25 second-half comeback wins, including the greatest comeback in NCAA history against Weber State in 1991 by overcoming a 35-point deficit.  Ault also served as Nevada 's athletic director before firing head coach Chris Tomey and taking over the coaching position himself once again. 

 

2009 Nevada Results (before Boise State ):

 

September 5

at No. 23 Notre Dame 

L 35-0

0-1 (0-0)

September 19

at Colorado State 

L 35-20

0-2 (0-0)

September 25

Missouri 

L 31-21

0-3 (0-0)

October 3

UNLV 

W 63-28

1-3 (0-0)

October 9

Louisiana Tech 

W 37-14

2-3 (1-0)

October 17

at Utah State 

W 35-32

3-3 (2-0)

October 24

Idaho 

W 70-45

4-3 (3-0)

October 31

Hawaii 

W 31-21

5-3 (4-0)

November 8

at San Jose State 

W 62-7

6-3 (5-0)

November 14

Fresno State 

W 52-14

7-3 (6-0)

November 21

at New Mexico State 

W 63-20

8-3 (7-0)

 

 

Wolf Pack Gem State Connection:

Nevada has made two appearances in the Humanitarian Bowl on the blue turf in Boise Nevada lost to Miami of Florida 21-20i in 2006 and then suffered a 35-42 loss to Maryland two years later.  Nevada 's Luke Lippincott was honored with the Humanitarian Award for his bowl performance in Boise last year. 

 

Wolf Pack Players to Watch:

The 1,000 yard Trio-

Sr. QB, Colin Kaepernick, has completed 139 of 231 passes for 1,734 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions and has 132 carries for 1,129 yards and 16 touchdowns.  Kaepernick is one of the most versatile offensive players in the nation.  He was named to the Davey O'Brien Award Watch List, Preseason First Team All-WAC, and Preseason WAC Offensive Player of the Year and resides on Nevada 's all-time Top Ten for total offense.  

 

Sr. RB, Luke Lippincott, is Nevada 's third leading rusher with 1,028 yards on 133 carries and nine touchdowns.  Lippincott has also caught 10 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.  He was named Preseason All-WAC and is in the Top Ten of Nevada's single-season records books in 13 different categories. 

Jr. RB, Vai Taua, has run the ball 148 times for 1,185 yards with nine touchdowns and has 10 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns.  Taua was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List and Preseason First Team All-WAC. 

 

Fr. WR, Brandon Wimberly, leads the team in receiving with 595 yards on 42 catches and four touchdowns. 

Fr. KR, Mike Ball, is averaging 26.7 return yards on 21 returns for a total of 560 yards.   

 

Defensive Dominators-

Sr. DB, Jonathon Amaya, leads the team in tackles with a total of 71and has eight pass deflections, an interception, a fumble recovery, and a forced fumble.  Amaya was named Preseason Third Team All-WAC. 

Sr. LB, Mike Bethea, has brought in 59 tackles, two sacks, an interception, six pass deflections and a fumble recovery. 

 

Interesting Game-time Facts:

Nevada is the first team in NCAA history able to produce three different players that have each rushed for 1,000 yards or more in the same season.

 

The Wolf Pack currently lead the nation in rushing at 373.2 yards per game, are second in total offense at 534.2 yards per game, and fourth in scoring offense at 41.3 points per game. 

 

Colin Kaepernick is ranked 14th all-time for rushing yards by a quarterback. 

 

The past two games between Boise State and Nevada have been decided by a total of nine points.

 

Last time the Wolf Pack faced Boise on the Blue Turf, it took a total of four overtimes to decide the game that ended with a 69-67 thrilling Bronco victory.  

 

Nevada 's 7-0 WAC record is their best conference start since joining the league in 2000 and they are 3-2 on the road this year. 



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