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
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
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
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