Reno Nevada Wolf Pack
The Nevada Wolf Pack is ready to play its first home game of the 2016-17 season, but first they have to overcome some unusual circumstances. Nevada's first-year football head coach, Mike Leach, was forced to try a new approach in Reno, Nevada.
On offense, UNM attacked the basket and used a frantic 2-3 zone defense to capitalize on a strong fourth quarter to pull away for a 78-67 victory over the Wolfpack. The victory ended a three-game losing streak to the Boise State Broncos, and the team's streak of four straight losses to Boise. On Saturday night, the Wolf Pack and the Boise State Broncos played another historic game, setting a school record for total points in a single game in Mountain West Conference history.
Nevada would win a share of the 2010 WAC title by beating Louisiana Tech 35-17, but is still the only program to win a conference title since the division entered the lower division. The victory secured Nevada's first-ever regular-season title in the Mountain West Conference in the first season of joining the Nevada Division, where only four teams were elected to the NCAA Division I in the first two seasons. I played a men's basketball tournament, and then two years later.
Nevada found itself in the Big West Conference, where its rival UNLV State had played since 1982 but dropped out in 1996. That changed in 2014, and Nevada decided to upgrade to FBS, forcing it to leave Mountain West and Big Sky, which were both not accepting non-football members at the time.
Nevada and Boise State would meet in the first round of the 2015 Fiesta Bowl, with Nevada winning 31-20. Nevada would beat Boise State 35-28 in a playoff game, ending the Broncos' chances of winning the Rose Bowl.
Nevada kicker Anthony Martinez scored from 23 yards in the fourth quarter for a 24-24 lead. After a missed field goal by Boise State, Nevada kicker and former Wolf Pack wide receiver, Matt Dominguez, scored another field goal to put Nevada over the limit for the final 34-31.
After the game, Vargas earned the nickname "The Comeback Kid" and became one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the Wolf Pack.
Brione led the Wolf Pack to a 31-0 victory over the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
During the 2009 football season, the University of Nevada became the only team in NCAA football history to have three players jump 1,000 yards in the same season. Nevada recorded its first victory over a top-10 opponent since beating Weber State 55-49 in 1991. The Wolf Pack posted a still-valid NCAA Division I football championship record of 31-0, beating Weber State after trailing by 35 points in the second half. It was the first time in school history that Cal remained scoreless at Berkeley.
The Lobos took the lead in the Wolf Pack 32-31 and scored 46 points in the paint to take Nevada to 32, but the story that came out of the game is what this victory by Wolf Pack alumni and fans will remember. In 1990, the Wolf Pack won what many fans still call the most thrilling victory in school history, a 76-71 victory over Utah State. The Nevada Wolf Wolfpack upset Boise State in a non-conference game at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 6, 1990.
The Wolf Pack would beat Hawaii 38-31 in the first round of the 1990 College Football Playoffs. Nevada ran back and future Hall of Famer Mike Brown had a standout game as Nevada recovered from an offside goal at Fresno State to seal the win in front of a sellout crowd of more than 1,000 fans.
By comparison, this year's Wolf Pack was supposed to leave Honolulu on a two-day flight from Las Vegas for a three-week trip to Hawaii. The 1920 Nevada team did not play a game in the first week of the trip and will remain in Honolulu for more than two weeks. In fact, they sat on the plane for two weeks before landing in Hawaii for their first game, a 38-0 victory over Hawaii State.
The only remaining road trips are to New Mexico and Utah State, and Fresno State and Hawaii visit Reno. Nevada will start the season at home against San Diego State on Saturday, September 2 at 7 p.m. SDSU leads the Mountain West with a 10-2 record, including a 7-1 record since Nevada joined the Mountain West in 2012 and 2013.
The Wolf Pack's men's basketball team qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2004, where it fell to Georgia Tech in school history, and again in 2010.
Nevada has lost its first two bowl games since joining the Big West, including its first overtime game at Division 1 level against Toledo in Toledo. Fresno State is the nation's No 16 and has just won a victory over the Wolf Pack in Las Vegas. Nevada has not beaten UNLV in four attempts in a row and is the underdog in every game since the Las Vegas game in 1978 with 20 points. They have won only one of their last 10 regular-season games and haven't won at home since a 31-20 loss to Boise State in 2009.