NCAA Game Summary - Nevada at UNLV|
(Saturday, October 2nd)
Final Score: (25) Nevada 44, UNLV 26
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Colin Kaepernick completed 13-of-17 throws
for 124 yards and a touchdown and ran for 97 yards and another score to carry
25th-ranked Nevada past UNLV, 44-26, in the Battle for the Fremont Cannon at
Sam Boyd Stadium.
Vai Taua carried 19 times for 188 yards and three scores and caught two passes
for 17 yards and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (5-0), who have won their first
five games for the first time since becoming an FBS school in 1992.
Omar Clayton connected on 14-of-23 passes for 214 yards and a score and
Phillip Payne made eight catches for a career-high 170 yards for the Rebels
(1-4), who lost for an eighth straight time against a ranked opponent.
"I thought our guys fought hard, thought Reno did a nice job, they were well
prepared and played a good game," UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck said. "They just
outplayed us. We had a few opportunitites and they didn't allow us to
capitalize on them and that's disappointing."
Kaepernick's 16-yard scoring run capped off an eight-play, 60-yard drive for
the Wolf Pack on their first possession as they took the early lead.
UNLV was stopped on its next touch but Nevada fumbled the punt and the Rebels
recovered at the visitors 17-yard line. Four plays later, Bradley Randle
barged in from a yard out to tie the game.
The visitors put together a 14-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a one-
yard run from Courtney Randall to move back in front with 13 1/2 minutes to
play in the first half.
The hosts responded again moving 88 yards in 10 plays to tie the game on
Clayton's eight-yard scoring dash.
Taua's three-yard scoring run and 22-yard scoring reception from Kaepernick in
the final three minutes of the half gave Nevada a 28-14 lead at the break.
Anthony Martinez booted a 29-yard field goal and UNLV countered with a 24-
yarder from Nolan Kohorst in the third quarter before Taua put things out of
reach on a 72-yard scoring dash with 15 seconds left in the frame to make it
A Kohorst field goal from 32 yards away three minutes into the final stanza
was answered by Taua's two-yard scoring run that made it 44-20 with a tick
under nine minutes to play.
"The offense did pretty well but we stopped ourselves a few times," Kaepernick
said. "But they are our mistakes, so it is definitely something we can fix."
Clayton connected with Anthony Vidal on a four-yard score with 4 1/2 minutes
to play but the two-point conversion failed, and Nevada ran out the clock from
Nevada leads the all-time series, 21-15, and has become the first school to
win six straight games in the series...Kaepernick has thrown and run for at
least one touchdown in all five games this season...He has 69 career scoring
passes and is five shy of passing David Neill for second on the school's all-
time list...With 221 total yards, he also moved into fourth place on the all-
time WAC total offense charts behind only Ty Detmer, Colt Brennan and Timmy
Chang...Kaepernick also climbed from 10th to seventh in NCAA career
rushing yards for a quarterback...He passed Beau Morgan of Air Force,
Navy's Chris McCoy and former Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch of Nebraska.
The Wolf Pack have gone 111 straight games without returning a punt for a
touchdown, the third-longest streak in the country behind Rice and
Vanderbilt...The last time Nevada started 5-0 was in 1991...UNLV's last win
over a ranked opponent came over Arizona State on September 13, 2008...The
rivalry game was named after the howitzer that explorer John C. Fremont
brought with him when he came west to Nevada in 1843.
10/03 03:14:20 ET