UNR continues their losing streak and stakes their place at the bottom of the Mountain West Conference tied with New Mexico. With both teams having an overall record of 2-10 and a conference record of 0-8 it is safe to say they will remain at the bottom of their divisions within the conference.
UNLV improved to 5-7 and broke a six-game losing streak against UNR winning against them 27-22.
UNR marched into Allegiant Stadium to face-off against UNLV as 12.5- point underdogs, however, at the beginning of the game, it seemed as if UNR was going to take the game away from UNLV. With a blocked punt within five minutes of the game, the Wolfpack were able to get a quick field goal making the game 3-0. After stopping another UNLV drive the Wolfpack took possession of the ball and made the game 6-0 with another field goal made by Brandon Talton. The following UNR offensive drive resulted in a 75-yard touchdown from Nate Cox to BJ Casteel making the total of the game 13-0 UNR. Even with the 13-point lead UNLV did not give up and slowly climbed their way back after forcing a fumble and returning it for a 55-yard touchdown defensive score. This fumble recovery for a touchdown seemed to slow down UNR’s once dominant offense at the beginning of the game and jumpstarted UNLV’s offense.
The second quarter was all UNLV. Kyle Williams caught a 45-yard touchdown from Harrison Bailey giving UNLV the one-point lead, however later in the second quarter UNLV was also able to grab a field goal making the game 17-13 UNLV at the half. The third quarter was the least interesting quarter of the game with only UNR making a 40-yard field goal to make the game 16-17, however, the fourth quarter was entertaining football all around on both sides.
The fourth quarter opened up with another UNLV field goal making the game 20-16 and after stopping UNR’s offense once again UNLV’s quarterback Harrison Bailey connected with Nick Williams for a 30-yard touchdown pass making the game a two-score football game 27-16 UNLV. UNR took this two-score deficit challenge head-on and was able to march down the field and score a touchdown, however missing a two-point conversion, making the game 27-22. UNR was able to get the ball back and again marched down the field to UNLV’s three-yard line, however, UNLV’s defense was able to get a stop on fourth down and force UNR to hand the ball back over.
Overall, the Nevada rivalry between the two teams was a great football game with multiple turnovers and a ton of opportunities for both teams to win. UNLV’s quarterback Harrison Bailey finished with a stat sheet of 16-27 for 209 yards and a touchdown and interception ratio of 2-1. UNR’s quarterback Nate Cox also balled out finishing with a stat sheet of 27-44 completions for 278 yards and a touchdown and interception ratio of 1-2.