Mata’afa had two sacks through WSU’s first three games. On Saturday, however, the brawny defensive tackle totaled 2.5 sacks on Nevada’s first six offensive plays. The Cougars’ defensive line totaled five sacks and allowed just 46 rushing yards on 24 caries.
The sophomore safety intercepted Nevada quarterback David Cornwell twice and helped limit the Wolf Pack’s passing game to 105 yards.
In just over three quarters of work, Falk completed 36 of his 47 passes for 478 yards and five touchdowns without an interception.