For the sixth consecutive season, the University of Nevada Wolf Pack beat rival UNLV to ensure that the Fremont Cannon will remain blue for another year.
The Wolf Pack, fresh off of breaking into the Top 25 in two national polls for the first time in school history, throttled their southern Nevada counterparts, 44-26, in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Senior running back Vai Taua led the way with four touchdowns for Nevada, while senior quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Colin Kaepernick added 97 yards rushing and one touchdown along with 124 yards passing and another touchdown.
Kaepernick and his senior teammates become the third straight Nevada senior class to never lose to UNLV.
“I’ve never seen the cannon any other color,” Kaepernick told the Associated Press afterward.
It is Nevada’s sixth straight victory in the annual series for statewide football supremacy and is the first time either team has ever posted six consecutive victories in the 36-game series. Nevada now holds a 21-15 edge all-time against UNLV.
Thanks to the victory, Nevada on Sunday moved up four notches in the Associated Press poll to No. 21, and two spots to No. 23 in the USA Today poll.
The Pack will seek to run their record to 6-0 during Saturday’s 7:35 p.m. Homecoming game at Mackay Stadium against Western Athletic Conference foe San Jose State.