Late Pack rally not enough in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Wolf Pack's fourth-quarter comeback thwarted by Ohio, 30-21

Wide receiver Elijah Cooks playing against Hawaii

Wide receiver Elijah Cooks playing against Hawaii earlier this year. Cooks scored scored a touchdown in Friday's game and had a game-high 14 receptions. Photo by John Byrne, courtesy of Nevada Athletics.

Late Pack rally not enough in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Wolf Pack's fourth-quarter comeback thwarted by Ohio, 30-21

Wide receiver Elijah Cooks playing against Hawaii earlier this year. Cooks scored scored a touchdown in Friday's game and had a game-high 14 receptions. Photo by John Byrne, courtesy of Nevada Athletics.

Wide receiver Elijah Cooks playing against Hawaii

Wide receiver Elijah Cooks playing against Hawaii earlier this year. Cooks scored scored a touchdown in Friday's game and had a game-high 14 receptions. Photo by John Byrne, courtesy of Nevada Athletics.

The Wolf Pack football team fell behind 30-9 to Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday in Boise, Idaho, before staging a fourth-quarter comeback that fell just short. Ohio defeated the Pack, 30-21, to end Nevada's season at 7-6 overall.

A victory would have made program history. The Wolf Pack has never won back-to-back bowls. Nevada won the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl in December 2018, over Arkansas State, 16-13.

Wide receiver Elijah Cook’s 8-yard scoring reception from freshman quarterback Carson Strong with 10:48 to play pulled Nevada to 30:15, and running back Devonte Lee’s 1-yard touchdown with 8:42 left in the game narrowed Ohio’s lead to 30-21.

Kicker Brandon Talton’s three field goals – including a 51-yarder – kept the Pack in the game early. Talton's 51-yarder was the longest Wolf Pack field goal in the school’s bowl history.

Strong passed for 402 yards on 31 completions, both Nevada bowl game records. Cooks had a game-high 14 receptions for 197 yards. Cooks’ 14 catches tied the school record for most receptions in a bowl game.

 

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