Nevada 31

(3-2, 0-1 MW)


(1-3, 0-0 MW)

10:00 PM ET, September 30, 2006

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

1 2 3 4 T
NEV 7 10 7 731
UNLV 0 0 0 33

Top Performers

Passing: J. Rowe (NEV) - 119 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: B. Fragger (NEV) - 19 CAR, 146 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. McCoy (NEV) - 2 REC, 85 YDS, 1 TD

Nevada 31, UNLV 3

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 challenge."

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 well."

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 didn't execute."

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.