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2008 Nevada Wolf Pack football
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
2008 record7–6 (5–3 WAC)
Head coachChris Ault (24th overall, 5th straight season)
Offensive coordinatorChris Klenakis (1st season)
Offensive schemePistol offense
Defensive coordinatorNigel Burton (1st season)
Home stadiumMackay Stadium
(Capacity: 29,993)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 WAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 11 Boise State   8 0         12 1  
Louisiana Tech   5 3         8 5  
Nevada   5 3         7 6  
Hawaii   5 3         7 7  
Fresno State   4 4         7 6  
San Jose State   4 4         6 6  
Utah State   3 5         3 9  
New Mexico State   1 7         3 9  
Idaho   1 7         2 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Nevada Wolf Pack football team represented the University of Nevada, Reno during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Nevada competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

The team was led by head coach Chris Ault. Nevada utilized Ault's own creation, the "Pistol" offense. This offense was directed by 15th-year offensive coordinator Chris Klenakis. The defense was led by first-year defensive coordinator Nigel Burton.

Nevada finished the regular season with a 7–5 mark, 5–3 in WAC play, which resulted in a three-way tie for second-place in the conference. Hawaii and Louisiana Tech both likewise finished with 5–3 conference records. During the season, the Wolf Pack played three ranked teams: Texas Tech, Missouri, and Boise State. Nevada lost each game, but gave Boise State its closest contest in conference play, losing by seven points.[1] Nevada, however, suffered a setback when they lost to New Mexico State, who were called by one publication the "perennial WAC bottom feeders".[2][3]

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was named 2008 WAC Offensive Player of the Year. During the regular season, he passed for 2,479 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 1,115 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was aided by running back Vai Taua, who ran for 1,420 yards and 14 touchdowns. It was the first time in school history that Nevada had two 1,000 yard rushers on the team simultaneously.[1][4]

Nevada secured its fourth straight bowl game appearance and faced Maryland in the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl. The Wolf Pack lost in a high-scoring and record-setting game, 42–35.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 306:05 p.m.Grambling StateW 49–1322,772[5]
September 66:05 p.m.No. 12 Texas Tech
  • Mackay Stadium
  • Reno, NV
L 19–3524,453[5]
September 1311:30 a.m.at No. 6 MissouriFSNL 17–6954,202[5]
September 277:00 p.m.at UNLVMWSNW 49–2733,078[5]
October 42:00 p.m.at IdahoKAME-TVW 49–1415,013[5]
October 111:05 p.m.New Mexico State
  • Mackay Stadium
  • Reno, NV
PPVL 45–4812,475[5]
October 181:05 p.m.Utah Statedagger
  • Mackay Stadium
  • Reno, NV
W 44–1713,159[5]
October 256:00 p.m.at HawaiiKAME-TVL 38–3140,225[5]
November 76:00 p.m.at Fresno StateESPN2W 41–2833,207[5]
November 151:05 p.m.San Jose State
  • Mackay Stadium
  • Reno, NV
W 41–1714,343[5]
November 221:05 p.m.No. 9 Boise State
  • Mackay Stadium
  • Reno, NV
ESPN2L 41–3427,057[5]
November 291:30 p.m.at Louisiana TechESPNGPW 35–3117,254[5]
December 302:30 p.m.vs. MarylandESPNL 42–3526,781[5]

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