Insta-Recap & Rate the Game: Bears take first season opening loss in the Wilcox Era to Nevada, 17-22

That was UGLY

1ST HALF

The Bears started off the game on fire with back to back touchdowns on their first two drives, and eating up the majority of the clock in the first quarter. Damien Moore got the first TD of the season on the ground from 1-yard out. Nikko Remigio followed up with the first receiving TD of the season from 1-yard out. The Bears defense only allowed a 3-and-out until the second quarter began. Then the leaks started to occur. A huge 3rd down completion for Nevada QB Carson Strong turned into a TD. He then completed another scoring drive to put the Wolfpack within 1 going into halftime.

2ND HALF

The Bears struggled to get going again in the second half, punting on two straight drives before ending a 9 play, 64-yard drive with a 24-yard field goal from Dario Longhetto. The FG would pull the game within 5. The Bears would look to strike quickly after the first career interception by Miles Williams at the 1-yard line. The offense would push down the field before settling for a 40-yard field goal attempt that would miss. The defense would step up and force a punt from the Wolfpack to give the Bears a chance at the go-ahead score with 4:36 left in the game. Garbers would throw an INT off of the play-action on the first play of the drive. The Bears would force a turnover on downs but would not be able to capitalize to get a single first down.

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