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Ohio wins third consecutive bowl game with Potato Bowl victory against Nevada

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Ohio (7-6) let a big lead slip away in the fourth quarter but the Bobcats still held on to beat Nevada (7-6) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday. Ohio defeated the Wolfpack 30-21 for its third consecutive season-ending in a bowl victory.

Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke passed for 144 yards and rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown in the win. Demontre Tuggle led all players with 97 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Bobcats. Ohio carried a 30-9 lead into the fourth quarter, which is when Nevada put some pressure on the scoreboard. A lost fumble and a turnover on downs inside the Ohio 10-yard line ultimately prevented Nevada’s comeback attempt from crossing the finish line. Nevada quarterback Carson Strong passed for 402 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.

Ohio head coach Frank Solich now owns five bowl wins with Ohio (5-6 overall). Solich also coached Ohio to a winning record for the fifth consecutive season, and the 11th consecutive non-losing season (Ohio was 6-6 in 2014).

The win by Ohio gives the MAC a chance to have a winning bowl record this year. The MAC is now 3-3 in bowl games played this season with one more to go. Miami Ohio will look to end the bowl season in a winning note for the MAC in the Lendingtree Bowl against Louisiana on Monday, Jan. 6. The MAC went 2-1 against the Mountain West Conference this bowl season. Despite Nevada’s loss, the Mountian West already clinched a winning bowl season. Nevada was the last bowl team to represent the Mountain West this bowl season; the Mountain West was 4-3 in bowl games this season.

Ohio will open the 2020 season at home against NC Central on Sept. 5. Nevada will get an earlier start to their 2020 season with a home game against UC Davis on Aug. 29.

Nevada names Carson Strong starting QB ahead of former FSU QB Malik Henry

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Another starting quarterback decision has been made. Nevada is moving on with redshirt freshman Carson Strong, according to Brett McMurphy of Stadium via Twitter. Former Florida State quarterback Malik Henry will be the backup quarterback.

Strong appeared in one game for the Wolfpack last season, in which he didn’t throw a single pass but did rush for four yards. The former three-star recruit was a part of Nevada’s Class of 2018.

Henry walked on at Nevada in January after two seasons at Independence Community College in Kansas, which was featured on “Last Chance U” on Netflix. Henry landed at the JUCO program after leaving the Florida State program.