LAS VEGAS (AP) -- While UNLV was turning the ball over, Nevada
refused to turn over the Fremont Cannon Saturday night.
Running back Brandon Fragger rushed for two touchdowns and 146
yards to lead the Wolf Pack past UNLV 31-3 and keep the cannon blue
for the second consecutive year. UNLV (1-3) turned the ball over
four times in the instate rivalry, while Nevada (3-2), which has
now won two straight in the series, had none.
Fragger filled in on 19 carries for senior running back Robert
Hubbard, who had a sore knee.
"I knew I had to step up," said Fragger, a true freshman.
"Coach told me I would carry the load tonight. I just took the
Also for the Wolf Pack, winners of three straight, quarterback
Jeff Rowe threw 8-of-14 for 119 yards passing with one touchdown.
Wide receiver Mike McCoy (85 yards receiving) caught that one
touchdown for 79 yards to open the scoring 7-0 with 11:14 left in
the first quarter.
"To go on the road, to your rival, and win -- it is a great
accomplishment," Nevada head coach Chris Ault said. "Bottom line,
we had to step up and we did. Both sides of the ball, we played
Fragger later put the game away on Nevada's first possession of
the second half. After a 17-0 lead at halftime, Fragger ran for a
66-yard touchdown up the middle on the second play from scrimmage.
"My eyes were so big on that play," Fragger said. "I do feel
pretty good, but I'm just getting started."
UNLV running back David Peeples rushed for 106 yards on 15
carries, but fumbled the ball away twice to Nevada cornerback Joe
Garcia in the first half.
"Very frustrating," UNLV head coach Mike Sanford said. "I
loved the crowd. They were wearing all red, but it's disappointing
to play like that. We're a much better team than we showed. We just
The Wolf Pack then took advantage of two of three Rebel
first-half turnovers. After the first Peeples' fumble at the
Rebels' 25 and five Wolf Pack plays from scrimmage, Nevada kicker
Brett Jaekle converted a 36-yard field goal making it 10-0.
The third turnover came when UNLV quarterback Rocky Hinds
(18-of-32 for 153 yards, two interceptions) was picked off by Paul
Pratt, who ran it 32 yards to the Rebels' nine. Two plays later,
Fragger ran it up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown, 17-0. Hinds
was also sacked five times.
The Rebels' lone score came in garbage time on a Sergio Aguayo
field goal from 21-yards with 4:49 left in the game.