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



(Saturday, September 29th)

Final Score: Nevada 27, U-N-L-V 20

Reno, NV (Sports Network) - The Nevada Wolfpack retain the Fremont Cannon as Nick Graziano's 43-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Sammons with 27 seconds remaining gave the Wolfpack a 27-20 victory over the UNLV Rebels at Mackay Stadium.

Graziano's three touchdowns and 330 passing yards gave Nevada (2-2) its third straight victory over the in-state rival Rebels. A chunk of those passing yards came on a 90-yard touchdown pass to Mike McCoy. Dwayne Sanders was a difference maker in the return game with 100 kick return yards, giving Nevada great field position throughout the game.

UNLV's Travis Dixon finished with 249 passing yards and a touchdown, while Frank Summers contributed 120 of the Rebels' 205 rushing yards. Ryan Wolfe led all receivers with six receptions covering 92 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown catch. The Rebels (2-3) held the Wolfpack to 3.7 ypc on the ground.

Rebel kicker Sergio Aguayo began the scoring with a 22-yard field goal five minutes into the game.

His counterpart, Brett Jaekle, booted a 50-yard kick through the uprights for the Wolfpack, tying the game at three with 3:50 to play in the opening quarter.

Graziano connected on the 90-yard bomb to McCoy late in the first quarter. It was the last score of the half for either team, as the defenses stepped up for both squads.

The Rebels' Frank Summers scurried his way into the end zone from six yards out with 5:23 left in the third quarter, knotting the score at 10.

After Aguayo (42 yards) and Jaekle (30 yards) exchanged field goals in the fourth quarter, a wild finish ensued.

The seesaw battle looked as though it was won when Graziano hooked up with Adam Bishop for a 15-yard scoring strike with 3:02 remaining.

But Dixon led UNLV on an 11-play, 65-yard drive in 1:53 and tied the game at 20 on a 30-yard pass to Ryan Wolfe.

With the game looking as though it was headed into overtime, the Wolfpack were fortunate enough to begin the drive with good field position and they took advantage. Five plays into the drive, Graziano hit Sammons for the game- winner for his second touchdown strike in as many minutes.

The Silver State matchup proved to be evenly contested as Nevada held only a four-yard edge in total offense. Both defenses forced one turnover, and time of possession was only one minute in favor of the victor.

09/29 22:22:06 ET

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