University of Nevada, Reno quarterback Colin Kaepernick left his footprints all over Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas Saturday night.
More importantly, his imprint on the Nevada-UNLV football rivalry will be talked about for years, as the smooth-striding, 6-foot-6 sophomore’s record-setting night helped the Wolf Pack to its fourth consecutive victory over UNLV, 49-27, before a crowd of 33,078.
Kaepernick ran for more yards than any other Wolf Pack quarterback in the school’s 110-year football history. His 240 rushing yards and three touchdowns – not to mention his 176 passing yards and two more passing scores – were the difference as Nevada overcame an early first-half Rebel lead to ensure that the Fremont Cannon remains blue for another year.
Nevada coach Chris Ault, now 11-7 all-time versus UNLV, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he was especially proud of the fact that the Wolf Pack’s seniors will finish their careers undefeated against UNLV.
“I’m really proud of the seniors,” Ault said. “(Going undefeated during their careers is) a special thing. I’m really proud of this football team. It was a great victory.”
Nevada trailed 17-7 just 10 minutes into the first quarter, but reeled off three straight touchdowns to take control, including a 4-yard run by Kaepernick and a 40-yard scoring toss from Kaepernick to Virgil Green.
Nevada amassed more than 600 yards in total offense to improve to 2-2. UNLV, coming off impressive victories over Arizona State and Iowa State, dropped to 3-2.