UNLV unveiled new all-gray uniforms and a new helmet design that included the Fremont Cannon on it for Saturday’s annual showdown with in-state rival Nevada.
Unfortunately for Rebel fans, it was an all-too-familiar result at the end.
Nevada (^-1, 3-0 Mountain West), which trailed 31-14 at halftime, scored 28 unanswered points and dominated the second half en route to its eighth win in a row over the Rebels, 42-37, before a crowd of 20,565 on Saturday afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium.
“Let me tell you something, that cannon ain’t red. It’s silver and blue,” Nevada coach Chris Ault said afterward referring to UNLV’s red cannon helmet logo.
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UNLV (1-6, 1-1), which had 325 yards and 21 first downs in the first half, managed just 46 yards and two first downs in the first 28 minutes after intermission. Nevada (6-1, 3-0) scored touchdowns on four consecutive drives in the second half, controlling the ball for 19 minutes and 11 seconds and while amassing 283 of its 496 yards.
Junior running back Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 185 yards on 34 carries and scored three touchdowns while backup quarterback Devin Combs, who completed 14 of 19 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, also rushed for 111 yards on 19 carries, including a two-yard touchdown run with 2:02 to go that made increased the Wolf Pack lead to 42-31.
UNLV cut the deficit to 42-37 on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Nick Sherry to Marcus Sullivan with 44 seconds left. But the Rebels were unable to recover the ensuring onside kick and the Wolf Pack ran out the clock.
“When you don’t win a rivalry game it’s awful,” UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said. “We have to find a way to fight back.”
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