Nevada football opener with Purdue moved to Friday, Aug. 30

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Coach Jay Norvell and the Nevada football team hope to light up Purdue in its opening game at Reno.

The Nevada football team’s season opener against Purdue has been moved to Friday, Aug. 30, the schools announced today.

The highly anticipated matchup had previously been announced for Saturday, Aug. 31, but has now moved up a day entering the Labor Day weekend. Kickoff time and television coverage will be announced at a later date.

The game is the second of a “home-and-home” deal that saw Nevada visit West Lafayette, Indiana in 2016. Purdue will be just the second Big Ten team to visit Mackay Stadium. The first was Northwestern in 2006, and Nevada scored a 31-21 victory over the Wildcats. In 2020, Nevada will open the season Sept. 5 at Happy Valley against the Big Ten’s Penn State.

The 2019 season will be the third year under head coach Jay Norvell, who guided the Wolf Pack to one of the best turnarounds in the nation last season, and one of the best seasons in recent Nevada history. The Wolf Pack rolled to an eight-win season and capped it with a thrilling overtime victory in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, just the sixth bowl victory in school history.

Season ticket deposits for the 2019 season are available for just $50 – reserve yours today by calling (775) 348-PACK or visit

The 2019 season kicks off with the game against Purdue. The action-packed home schedule also includes a visit from former Big Sky rival Weber State and conference games against Hawai`i, San José State, New Mexico and in-state rival UNLV.

Spring dates have been set for the Nevada football team and the annual Silver and Blue Spring Game will have a new feature in 2019 – the Grit Run, a 5K race on campus to raise money for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

The Grit Run and the Silver and Blue Spring Game are set for April 27 on campus. The 5K run/walk will begin in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union on campus at 10:30 a.m. The cost for the race is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger, with all proceeds donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The race course will take runners through the University campus and back to Mackay Stadium to finish with a lap around the track. All participants will receive a T-shirt and post-race refreshments, with on-course hydration stations, a bounce house for children, and other spring game activities provided as well. Registration is available now at

Nevada also has scheduled the football team’s annual Women’s Clinic, set for Aug. 3 on campus.

The clinic will include drinks and appetizers, a raffle, an auction, and gameday drills run by the Nevada coaching staff. To donate to the raffle, contact Cindy Breeden at

Space for the event is limited to 250 tickets, priced at $75 per individual. Must be 21 years or older to register.

Each ticket purchased directly helps the Nevada football program with purchasing meals and practice equipment for our student-athletes. For more information, call (775) 784-6891.

— @NevadaWolfPack

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