|Date of game: 11/29/2014
Recap: UNLV vs. Nevada
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Cody Fajardo completed just five passes in the contest, but three went for touchdowns as he led his Nevada Wolf Pack to a dominant 49-27 win over the UNLV Rebels in the Mountain West Conference's Battle for the Fremont Cannon at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Fajardo completed 5-of-13 passing for 46 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He also added 13 carries for a game-high 143 yards and a score for Nevada (7-5, 4-4 MWC), which ended a two-game losing skid. Don Jackson (132 yards) and James Butler (116 yards) each eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in the win.
Blake Decker completed 21-of-39 passing for 171 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for UNLV (2-11, 1-7), which ended the season on a six-game losing streak. Shaquille Murray-Lawrence carried the ball 21 times for 135 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Fajardo put the Wolf Pack up 7-0 early when he scored on a 25-yard touchdown run with 8:25 to play in the first frame.
Devante Davis hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass from Decker with 4:52 to play in the first to knot the score up at 7-7 for the Rebels.
The Rebels took a 14-7 lead thanks to a Devonte Boyd 24-yard touchdown reception from Decker with 10:33 to play in the second quarter. The team added to its lead with a Jonathan Leiva 44-yard field goal with 7:31 to play in the half for the 17-7 advantage.
Fajardo cut into UNLV's lead when he found Richy Turner for an 18-yard touchdown hookup with 1:31 to play in the half. The Rebels led, 17-14, entering the midway break.
Just about five and a half minutes into the third quarter, Fajardo gave his Wolf Pack the lead once again with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jerico Richardson that capped an 11-play drive. Nevada took the 21-17 advantage.
Leiva made it a one-point Nevada lead with seven minutes to play in the third when he connected on a 23-yard field goal for the Rebels.
Fajardo made it an eight-point Nevada lead when he passed for this third touchdown of the game, this one for three yards, finding Kendall Brock with 5:08 to play in the third.
Not even a minute later, Lenny Jones returned an interception thrown by Decker 32 yards to the end zone to give Nevada the comfortable 35-20 lead.
Just over three minutes into the fourth quarter, Nevada struck again. This time it was Richardson who took a handoff four yards to the end zone for the score, giving the Wolf Pack a 42-20 advantage.
The Wolf Pack continued to pile on the scores late in the game, adding a Devin Combs five-yard touchdown run with 6:51 to play in the contest for the 49-20 advantage.
Murray-Lawrence sliced into Nevada's lead a bit with a 12-yard touchdown run with 5:37 to play in the game, putting his Rebels down, 49-27. That is how the scoring would end.
Nevada gained an eye-popping 408 yards via the rushing attack in the game, compared to 205 yards for UNLV's run offense. The four total turnovers by the Rebels really helped out Nevada's cause for the road win.Game Notes