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October 10, 2011
By John Trent
For the seventh straight year, the Fremont Cannon will remain blue.
In the annual matchup for statewide football supremacy on Saturday before 25,978 fans at Mackay Stadium, the University of Nevada Wolf Pack dominated in-state rival UNLV, 37-0, and maintained possession of the Fremont Cannon – college football’s largest and most expensive prize – for yet another season.
The win lifted the Wolf Pack’s record to 2-3, while UNLV dropped to 1-4.
Nevada now leads the all-time series, 22-15.
It was the first time in the series’ history, dating back to 1969, that one of the teams had been shut out. Nevada coach Chris Ault, who coached against the Rebels for the first time in 1976, now holds a 14-7 career record against UNLV.
“We completely dominated,” senior defensive tackle Brett Roy told the Reno Gazette-Journal. Roy, with 11 tackles and a sack, led a stout defense that held the Rebels to just seven first downs and only 110 yards in total offense. “We know at Nevada we do not lose to UNLV.
“It’s tradition up here.”
Senior quarterback Tyler Lantrip came off the bench to spark the Pack offense. Lantrip passed for 366 yards and three touchdowns, including a 90-yard strike to Rishard Matthews. Matthews had a career-high 220 receiving yards on 10 catches.
Nevada meets New Mexico in the University’s homecoming game at 1:05 p.m. at Mackay Stadium on Saturday.