Locals will travel by bus, automobile and plane to California to show their support for the Wolf Pack, and Sparks native Gary Glogovac and wife Paula are no exception. The couple will board a bus at Great Basin Brewing Co. in Victorian Square this morning with a host of fellow fans, friends and neighbors and then head for the game.
Glogovac said he originally planned to stay in Sparks and watch the game from the comfort of his couch, but when he found out Great Basin Brewing Co. had teamed up with Silver and Blue Outfitters to offer an all inclusive package to the game, he signed up to buy two of the 53 tickets.
For $110, Pack fans who board the Great Basin party bus will receive bus transportation to and from the game, a ticket to the game and a UNR rally towel.
“Great Basin beer kegs will be on the bus, as well as soft drinks and lunch,” the company’s website states.
“We are loyal Nevada fans,” Glogovac said, adding he and his wife each earned two degrees from UNR and that he has lived in Sparks for more than 50 years. “You take that, plus a good deal, plus good people and the city of San Fran and you have pretty good ingredients for a good time.”
On a historical note, Glogovac said, “This might be the best team Nevada has ever had.”
For the first time in more than 60 years, Nevada became nationally-ranked in September 2010 when the team made history by entering the rankings at No. 25 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches’ Top 25.
This is the first time Nevada has ever been ranked in the USA today poll and it marks the first time since 1948 that Nevada has been in the AP Top 25.
Glogovac said from what he has seen in the point spread, Nevada is favored to win, but he is not making any predictions about a final score.
“On the other hand, Boston’s won five in a row,” he said. “But I expect Nevada to win.”
Boston College is 7-5 and Nevada is 12-1 going into today’s game.
Nevada is ranked No. 13, and is looking for its first bowl game win since the team beat Central Florida by one point in the Hawaii Bowl in 2005. This marks the sixth straight year the Pack has played in a bowl game.
Boston College, however, is going to a bowl game this year for the 12th consecutive season, and played in bowl games in San Francisco in 2003, when they beat Colorado State, and in 2009, when the team lost to USC.
Hunger Bowl co-founder and Executive Director Gary Cavalli said he welcomes Boston College back to AT&T Park for the game against Nevada.
“We’re excited to bring Boston College back to San Francisco,” Cavalli said. “They’re a first-class organization in every respect. BC’s outstanding defensive unit, coupled with Nevada’s record-setting offense, will make for a very interesting and strategic matchup. We’re proud to feature one of the most explosive players in the country, Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and one of the top defensive players, BC linebacker Luke Kuechly.”
“Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick is now the only player in college football history to pass for over 9,000 yards (9,906 and counting) and rush for over 4,000 yards (4,090 and counting),” the Pack website states. “His 59 rushing touchdowns tie him with former Nebraska Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch for most rushing TDs by a quarterback in NCAA history.
“Kaepernick also passed former Boise State RB Ian Johnson (58 TD) to become the WAC’s all-time rushing touchdown leader.”
Nevada’s head coach Chris Ault said he is excited to be in a bowl game so close to home.
“I know our fans are going to support us,” Ault said. “The team is excited and looking forward to a great experience. We know Boston College is an outstanding football team and one with tremendous tradition. We are pleased to have the opportunity to play against them in this great bowl game.”
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.
“Nevada is playing the best football,” Glogovac said. “They should win.”
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has been organized this year for the first time as a way to fight hunger in America by raising money and awareness.
The Kraft Foods Foundation has given nearly $1 billion in food and money to organizations that feed America’s hungry since 1990.
Text to fight hunger
In recent weeks, Kraft created a text challenge for fans of each team to help make a difference with hunger issues in their region.
University of Nevada Wolf Pack fans can text the word “Nevada” followed by a space and then their ZIP code to 71717 to show their support. Boston College fans are encouraged to text a similar message. Kraft will be rewarding the team with the most texts with a 20,000 meal donation to its local food bank.
If fans of the Wolf Pack beat Boston fans in the number of texts, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada will be the recipient of the 20,000 meal donation. Texts can be sent anytime between now and kickoff and each fan can send one text from their cell phone. Message and data rates apply depending on the individual’s cell phone plan.
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is a regional food distribution and support system serving more than 100 partner agencies in northern Nevada and the eastern Sierra. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides and supports programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafe, a dinner program, Kids Cafe Summer Meals program, Food Stamp Outreach and much more. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is a member of Feeding America.