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Carson Strong, Toa Taua lead Nevada to big win over Tulane in Potato Bowl

The Nevada offense had little trouble against the Tulane defense in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback Carson Strong (12) drops back to pass during the first half of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against the Ohio Bobcats at Albertsons Stadium. Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

The Nevada Wolfpack rolled to victory on Tuesday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, defeating the Tulane Green Wave by a score of 38-27. Nevada closed the season 7-2 while Tulane dropped to 6-6.

Wolfpack quarterback Carson Strong closed out an impressive sophomore season in the victory. He completed 22 of 28 passes for 271 yards with five touchdown passes. It’s not a surprising performance both because of his solid season and Tulane’s secondary issues. Ineffective performance and injuries left the Green Wave vulnerable to the passing attack. Strong found four different receivers in the end zone, with Cole Turner scoring twice.

Toa Taua led the Nevada pass catchers with six receptions for 70 yards and Taua also was pivotal on the ground with 102 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Devonte Lee added 105 yards in a thoroughly dominant performance across the board for Nevada’s offense.

Tulane closed as a 2.5-point favorite, but this was never in doubt for Nevada. The total was set at 57.5 and the score went over with 4:19 left in the fourth quarter.