Las Vegas Bowl

December 19, 1996

Nevada (8-3) vs. Ball State (8-3)

Site: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

Time: 9 tonight

TV: ESPN

Line: Nevada by 6 1/2

Outlook: Nevada, under first-year coach Jeff Tisdel, features a potent passing game and an offense that leads the country with 527.3 yards a game. QB John Dutton completed 66.5 percent of his passes and threw for 22 touchdowns. Ball State's defense was fourth in the country and allowed an average of only 17.5 points a game. Ball State lost its first three games, then won its last eight to win the Mid-American Conference. Ball State's Brad Maynard ranked sixth in the country in punting average this year, and was a first-team All-America pick.

Pub Date: 12/19/96

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