Friday, January 7, 2011
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Nevada Keys
By Andrea Adelson
You saw the preview and prediction. Now here are three keys for Nevada going into the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Boston College on Sunday night.
1. Run it. Nevada runs the ball, no matter the opponent. Colin Kaepernick and Vai Taua are the two guys who make the Pistol offense work so well, so the way they play is going to be critical. Remember, Kaepernick and Taua set an NCAA record for most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns by two teammates. In the only loss Nevada had this season to Hawaii, Kaepernick had four turnovers. So he is going to have to take care of the football.
2. Get the pass game going. What is going to be a big key is getting completions early in the pass game. So watch for tight end Virgil Green and receiver Rishard Matthews, who have capabilities to have big games. Kaepernick is a much improved passer this season, and his passing made a huge difference in the upset over Boise State. If Nevada can get a few big pass plays early, that is going to keep the Boston College defense off kilter and open up better lanes in on the ground.
3. Let Dontay Moch loose. The Nevada defense has made tremendous strides under first-year coordinator Andy Buh. This is the perfect opportunity to show just how far the unit has come. Moch has been one of the best defenders in the WAC and is a master at tackling quarterbacks and running backs for a loss. He will have a great matchup with Boston College left tackle Anthony Castonzo, a towering presence at 6-foot-7 and 308 pounds. But Moch is one of the fastest defensive players in college football, and his speed allows him to get such a quick burst to the quarterback. He has 22 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks this season, and you can bet he will be trying to get after Chase Rettig.