Undefeated Lamar and Nevada prepare for Silver Tiger Rivalry

The Lamar Tigers travel to Nevada this evening for a high-stakes rivalry game

“It started a long long time ago,” says Lamar head coach Jared Beshore. “Lamar and Nevada have been playing against each other since 1933.”

The Silver Tiger Rivalry is rich in tradition and history.

“It’s just interesting hearing the stories from the guys going back into the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s,” says Nevada head coach Wes Beachler.

This 2021 matchup makes for a good story too.

“This has got to be one of the most highly anticipated Silver Tiger games just due of the fact that both of us have had some of early season success,” Beshore says. “They’re 3-0, we’re 3-0. I don’t know if that’s every happened in the history of the Silver Tiger game. There’s going to be a lot riding on this one.”

Both teams are averaging more than 40 points per game.

“Our defense is going to have our hands full,” Beshore says. “Nevada is extremely physical, a downhill run game, they are a run-first team, and they have a lot of cats to hand the ball to.”

“Our main focus is possession of the ball,” Beachler says. “They have an explosive offense, so we need to have sustained drives and we need to keep the ball out of their hands. I think one thing that teams haven’t be able do against Lamar is to force them to punt a lot, so we need to get some stops on defense.”

Lamar and Nevada’s strengths on offense are nearly identical.

“Our offensive line is playing extremely well,” Beshore says. “We’re playing downhill and our backs are running hard, physical, not being brought down by one tackler.”

“I think we just have a combination of a good offensive line that plays hard and backs that are difficult to tackle in space,” Beachler says.

The Silver Tiger has been in Lamar’s possession since 2005… but Nevada… is focused on more than just reclaiming the trophy.

“We’re just trying to take it as another step towards trying to get to big 8 conference championship,” Beachler says.