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NCAA Game Summary - U-N-L-V at Nevada



(Saturday, October 3rd)

Final Score: Nevada 63, UNLV 28

Reno, NV (Sports Network) - Mike Ball ran for 184 yards and five touchdowns as the Nevada Wolf Pack torched the UNLV Rebels, 63-28, in the battle for the Fremont Cannon at Mackay Stadium.

Nevada (1-3), which retained the Fremont Cannon for the fifth straight year as it snapped a four-game slide dating back to last season, ran for a school- record 559 yards as Colin Kaepernick and Luke Lippincott registered 173 and 170 yards rushing, respectively. Kaepernick also converted 15-of-18 passing for an additional 208 yards and a score.

The Rebels (2-3) were led by Mike Clausen who, in place of an injured Omar Clayton, converted 26-of-50 passing for 276 yards and a score. Despite carrying the ball only three times and ending up with two net yards on the ground, Channing Trotter posted a pair of rushing TDs for the visitors as well.

Nevada moved out to a 14-0 advantage in the first quarter as Lippincott and Ball scored on runs of 12 and 10 yards, respectively.

Moments in the second quarter the Rebels cut their deficit in half as Trotter made it into the end zone on a two-yard run of his own.

Capping a nine-play, 80-yard drive on the ensuing possession, Ball posted a one-yard TD run to make the score 21-7.

Before the end of the first half UNLV rallied to knot the score at 21-21, thanks to a 39-yard TD pass from Clausen to Jerriman Robinson and a one-yard scoring run by Trotter.

The teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter as Ball found the end zone on a 32-yard run for the Pack and C.J. Cox had a 23-yard run of his own for the Rebels to again lock the score at 28-28.

From there the game belonged to Nevada, the home team ripping off 35 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.

The flurry began with a four-yard TD run by Ball with under a minute remaining in the third frame and continued with a 17-yard TD pass from Kaepernick to Virgil Green.

Taking a break from running the ball, Lippincott and Kaepernick traded positions as the running back hit the signal-caller for a six-yard TD score to give Nevada a 49-28 advantage with under seven minutes to play.

An 89-yard touchdown scamper by Ball and a 26-yard TD run for Courtney Randall put an end to the onslaught and gave Nevada the overwhelming 35-point win at home.

The Wolf Pack, which finished with an amazing 773 yards of total offense as it overcame four fumbles, did so without the services of running back Vai Taua who has been lost for the foreseeable future with a dislocated elbow. Nevada, which was a perfect 7-of-7 on third down plays, entered the week ranked 116th in the nation in scoring with just 13.7 ppg.

The previous single-game rushing record for the Wolf Pack was 545 yards against Sacramento State back in 1977. The five touchdowns rushing for Ball are tied for the second-most in school history, matching the five posted by Lippincott against Louisiana Tech back in 2007. Both players are one shy of the record set by Chance Kretschmer against UTEP in 2001.

Ironically, the Nevada team record for total yards in a single game also came against the Rebels, the Pack registering a staggering 794 yards on October 2, 1993, in a meeting that ended as a 49-14 triumph for Nevada at home in Reno.

10/03 22:14:50 ET