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Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Kansas State Wildcats Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2021

Complete Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium Manhattan
135Wolf Pack Nevada
136Wildcats Kansas State
OP
0
47.5
CU
-1.5 -110
48o -110
ML
ML: -122
ML: 102
Partials
1 2 4
7 0 10 0
7 10 0 21
Score
17
38

Two teams with identical 2-0 records will square off Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, Kan., but they'll be coming into the game with different mindsets.

Nevada is riding high after defeating California out of the Pac-12 on the road, then dominating Idaho State in its home opener. Kansas State, meanwhile, has defeated Stanford on a neutral field before surviving FCS opponent Southern Illinois.

Wildcats sixth-year senior quarterback Skylar Thompson left the game in the first quarter after suffering a non-contact knee injury. Thompson missed most of the 2020 campaign after suffering a separated shoulder in the third game of the season against Texas Tech.

"It's tough," head coach Chris Klieman said during the Big 12 football coaches teleconference Monday. "What he went through last year, when he went down, we all gasped, like, 'Oh no, not again.'"

Kansas State Wildcats

Klieman was encouraged that the injury may not be season-ending based on an MRI, the results of which he would not share. But his staff must now prepare sophomore Will Howard to step into the starting role. Howard stepped in as a true freshman during the Texas Tech game last year and struggled. Klieman is confident that he will respond.

"He learned so much last year," Klieman said. "He wasn't probably as ready as he wanted to be. But he had a full offseason. I know that he's excited about the opportunity."

Kansas State already relied on a solid running game and a stout defense, so those areas will have to come through again. Their running game is led by Deuce Vaughn, who has 244 yards and four touchdowns through two games. The Wildcats held the high-powered SIU offense to 276 yards.

Nevada quarterback Carson Strong threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns in the 22-17 victory over California. Strong threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, completing 34 of 43 passes, against Idaho State.

"We like smart, accurate, passionate quarterbacks, and Carson has those qualities," Nevada coach Jay Norvell said. "We've got quality receivers and really good backs. And we've got a veteran offensive line."

Norvell knows that K-State will present a challenge, even without Thompson.

"It's always tough," he said. "You hate to see injuries. It's hard for any team to lose its starter. But I don't think it's going to change what they do offensively. They'll continue to stress the things they like to do, and we're going to have to prepare for them."

--Field Level Media

Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Kansas State Wildcats Recap SEP 18TH 2021

Deuce Vaughn had his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game as Kansas State defeated Nevada 38-17 in Manhattan, Kansas.

Vaughn's 127 yards led KSU's 269 yards on the ground.

It didn't take long for K-State (3-0) to get on the board. Will Howard hit Daniel Imatorbhebhe with a 68-yard touchdown down the seam on the second play of the day.

After an exchange of punts, Nevada (2-1) tied the score on a 1-yard touchdown run by Devonte Lee. The touchdown was set up by a 55-yard completion from Carson Strong to Romeo Doubs that put the ball at the K-State 2. It took four plays for the Wolf Pack to punch it in.

K-State responded with a more typical drive, capped by a 22-yard touchdown run by Joe Ervin. The Wildcats went 75 yards in eight plays, five on the ground and three through the air.

The Wildcats extended the lead to 17-7 with 2:08 left in the first half. The 38-yard drive was set up by a Tee Denson interception that was returned to near midfield.

K-State's defense was the story in the first half. The Wolf Pack came into the game averaging 479.5 yards of total offense per game, had just 142 in the half.

Nevada opened the second half with a field goal to cut the deficit to 17-10. The Wolf Pack was driving deep into K-State territory, but head coach Jay Norvell was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that stalled the drive.

After a three-and-out and a shanked punt, Nevada took over at the K-State 42-yard line. The Wolf Pack used nine plays to tie the score, capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Strong to Elijah Cooks.

Vaughn put the Wildcats back up 24-17 on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Cats drove 75 yards in eight plays (six of them runs).

The K-State defense held Nevada on a fourth-and-4, stopping Strong after a gain of three yards. That set up an 11-play drive that was capped by Howard's 2-yard run. Howard's 1-yard TD run capped the scoring with 1:12 left.

--Field Level Media

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