Strong, Doubs combine to spark Nevada to 34-9 victory

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Carson Strong and Romeo Doubs connected for three first-half touchdowns and Nevada defeated Utah State 34-9 on Thursday night for the Wolf Pack’s third straight win to start their season.

Strong was 36-of-52 passing for 411 yards, 9 yards shy of his career high and his fifth straight 300-yard passing game. He has 282 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, the top active streak in the FBS. Doubs made seven catches for 137 yards after a 219-yard receiving day against UNLV last week.

Trailing 9-0, Nevada (3-0, 3-0 Mountain West) rallied behind Strong and Doubs. Strong extended a play before finding Doubs for a 42-yard score, hit Doubs again on a fourth-and-goal for a 3-yard TD and then tossed a 54-yarder to Doubs on a post pattern for a 21-9 halftime lead.

Toa Taua ran for a 15-yard TD and his 60-yard run set up Brandon Talton’s 36-yard field goal to lead 31-9 after three quarters. Tua finished with 107 yards on 12 carries. The Wolf Pack outgained the Aggies 542-210.

Nevada is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2010 when they began 6-0.

Utah State (0-3, 0-3) got off to a quick start with AJ Vongphachanh’s sack of Carson in the end zone and Jason Shelley’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Justin McGriff for a 9-0 lead.

The Aggies are 0-3 for the first time since 2007 when they lost their first 10 games.

No fans were allowed at the game.

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