The Fremont Cannon has exchanged hands, as the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (2-3) beat the Nevada Wolf Pack 23-17 (2-3) at Mackay Stadium in Reno. It is UNLV's second consecutive victory in Reno, and head coach Tony Sanchez's first MWC win.
UNLV received the opening kick-off, and their offense didn't need any time to get going. The Rebels marched straight down the field, and scored on a 31-yard touchdown run from Keith Whitely.
Although they had no trouble moving the ball, UNLV couldn't get any more points on the board in the 1st quarter, thanks to an interception by freshman CB Dameon Baber. The pick was Baber's 3rd INT in the last 2 games, and stopped a dangerous UNLV drive.
However, the Wolf Pack could do nothing on offense.
@Blake_Babbles 10 yards with this offense is a tough task.— Daniel Connolly (@DanielVConnolly) October 3, 2015
With time winding down, the Wolf Pack needed a scoring drive. Nevada drove down the field behind James Butler and Don Jackson, before Tyler Stewart found Jerico Richardson in the endzone to cut the UNLV lead to 3.
After UNLV went 3-and-out, the Wolf Pack offense came out with a chance to tie the game or take the lead. But the Rebels' defense came up big and Ryan McAleenen intercepted Tyler Stewart and returned it to the house to give UNLV the 20-10 lead.