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Nevada Keeps Fremont Cannon for Fifth Straight Year





RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Freshman Mike Ball ran for 184 yards and five touchdowns, Colin Kaepernick rushed for 173 yards and Luke Lippincott 170 to lead Nevada to its first win of the season and fifth in a row over rival UNLV 63-28 on Saturday.

Ball, who prepped in Las Vegas, scored on runs of 10, 1, 32, 4 and 89 yards and Kaepernick added 200 yards passing for the Wolf Pack (1-3), who never punted in the game that was 21-21 at the half. As a team, they had 559 yards rushing and 773 yards total offense to help overcome four fumbles.

Mike Clausen, filling in for injured quarterback Omar Clayton, completed 26-of-50 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown for the Rebels (2-3), whose last winning season was in 2000.

Nevada went 80 yards on the opening series of the second half and Ball ran 32 yards up the middle for his third score of the day to put the Wolf Pack ahead 28-21. But on their next series, Ball gave up Nevada's fourth fumble of the game and UNLV linebacker Beau Orth fell on it at midfield.

C.J. Cox ran 23 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-28 after the officials reversed a first-down call on fourth down to keep the Rebels' drive alive.

The next series, on third-and-10 and with a UNLV blitz in his face, Kaepernick dumped off a screen to Lippincott who went 43 yards to UNLV's 4-yard line before Ball went up the middle untouched for another score and a 35-28 lead with :50 left in the third quarter.

UNLV moved as far as Nevada's 43 with 13:24 left in the game, but linebacker Mike Bethea tipped away a pass intended for Ryan Wolfe on third down and safety Jonathan Amaya did the same on one intended for Phillip Payne on fourth down. Five plays later, Kaepernick threw a 17-yard TD pass to Virgil Green to make it 42-28 with 11:21 left in the game.

Nevada scored again when Kaepernick took the snap, pitched it behind his back to Lippincott then slipped off to the end zone to catch Lippincott's 6-yard scoring toss for a 49-28 lead with 6:59 left. Then came Ball's 89-yard touchdown to make it 56-28 and finally Courtney Randall's 26-yard score with 3:04 on the clock for the final margin.

Kaepernick ran for 105 yards in the first half _ his seventh career time over the century mark _ as the Wolf Pack opened up a 21-7 lead. But the Rebels forced him to fumble twice and Lippincott a third time and Nevada was called for three pass interference penalties as UNLV forged a 21-21 tie just before the half.

Nevada linebacker Albert Rosette blocked Kyle Watson's first punt to give the Wolf Pack the ball at midfield and set up Luke Lippincott's 12-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.

Kaepernick ran 19 yards and escaped a blitz to throw a 14-yard pass to Lippincott on a 74-yard drive capped by Ball's 10-yard touchdown run _ the first of his career _ for a 14-0 lead with 4:41 left in the first quarter.

The Rebels responded with an 11-play, 82-yard drive capped by Channing Trotter's 2-yard TD run to make it 14-7.

Kaepernick broke free on a 22-yard run as he led the Wolf Pack 84 yards down field the next series to set up Ball's 1-yard score for a 21-7 lead at 10:25 in the second quarter.

Kaepernick rambled 29 yards into UNLV territory but safety Travis Dixon pulled the ball loose on the tackle and Chris Jones recovered for the Rebels on their 47-yard line. Clausen then connected with Jerriman Robinson on a 39-yard pass play for a touchdown to pull to 21-14 7:27 before the half.

Dixon forced Kaepernick to fumble again on the next series and Ronnie Paulo recovered for the Rebels at Nevada's 48 with 6:38 on the clock but the Wolf Pack ended up getting the ball back when Clausen threw incomplete on fourth-and-five from Nevada's 43. But on the next series, Nevada fumbled for the third time when Chris Jones forced the ball loose from Lippincott and Mike Grant recovered on UNLV's 37.

Clausen threw four times to Payne for 16, 13, 2 and 20 yards then on third-and-goal from the 7, Johnathan Amaya was called for both holding and interfering with Robinson and Trotter scored on a 1-yard run to make it 21-21 with 15 seconds on the clock.


 

 

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