Nevada Football: Wolf Pack Fall In Overtime 33-30 To UNLV
Nevada’s rally falls short in overtime as they drop the regular season finale to UNLV 33-30
Wolf Pack Rally Falls Short As Rebels Win In OT To Retain Fremont Cannon
Heading into the fourth quarter in their contest against the UNLV Rebels, the Wolf Pack were down by a score of 27-13 against their in state rivals. It was in the fourth quarter that the Wolf Pack mounted a comeback to tie the game at 27-27 and force overtime. But Nevada’s comeback bid fell short in overtime as Steven Jenkins’ second touchdown catch of the game in overtime helped UNLV defeat Nevada 33-30.
The Rebels win over the Wolf Pack means that the Fremont Cannon stays red for another year and UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez, who was fired this week, finishes his tenure on a winning note. For the Wolf Pack, they dug themselves in a hole early and fought back but it was all for naught as they lose to their in-state rivals for the second straight season.
The Rebels jumped out early in this contest after Daniel Guiterrez made a 40 yard field goal to put UNLV up 3-0. After Brandon Talton missed a 29 yard field goal for Nevada, UNLV got the ball back and scored in one play when running back Charles Williams scored on an 80-yard touchdown run to put the Rebels up 10-0.On UNLV’s next offensive possession, quarterback Kenyon Oblad connected with wide receiver Mekhi Stevenson for a 32-yard touchdown pass to extend the Rebels lead to 17-0.
In the second quarter, the Wolf Pack offense got it going when Devonte Lee scored on a two yard touchdown run to put Nevada on the board 17-7. A pair of Brandon Talton field goals cut UNLV’s lead to 17-13. UNLV pushed the lead back into double digits when Oblad connected with wide receiver Steve Jenkins for a 75 yard touchdown pass to make it 24-13 after the first half.
After a scoreless third quarter by both teams, the scoring picked back up in the fourth quarter when UNLV’s Daniel Gutierrez connected on a 50 yard field goal to extend the Rebels lead to 27-13. Late in the fourth quarter, the Wolf Pack cut into the UNLV lead when Carson Strong connected with Dominic Christian on a 24 yard touchdown pass to make it 27-20 UNLV. After the Rebels went three and out on offense, they punted the ball back to the Nevada offense.
On Nevada’s next possession, the Wolf Pack went on a 10 play, 75 yard scoring drive capped off by a two yard touchdown drive by Devonte Lee and the extra point by Talton tied the game at 27. After both UNLV and Nevada went three and out on their final offensive drives in regulation, the game went into overtime.
The Rebels won the toss and elected to play defense as Nevada got the ball first. On the Wolf Pack’s offensive drive in overtime, they went three and out on offense as UNLV’s defense forced a field goal. The Wolf Pack did connected on a 42 yard field goal by Talton to give Nevada the 30-27 lead in overtime.
Three plays into UNLV’s first offensive possession of the overtime period, Oblad connected with receiver Steven Jenkins for a 19 yard touchdown pass to win the game for UNLV in overtime.
After the touchdown by Jenkins to end the game, there was a fracas that broke out between the Nevada and UNLV players. The UNLV players were celebrating the win and players from both teams were milling around the endzone and then a fight broke out between players from both teams.
The fight between the Nevada and UNLV players eventually ended up with a mass of players from both teams being pinned up in the south endzone of the stadium. Objects such as snowballs were thrown onto the field and eventually the fight was broken up and the players on both teams were separated.
It was a tough loss for Nevada that was compounded by the ugly fight at the end of the game. There could be a possibility that the Mountain West conference could hand out penalties and possibly suspensions due to the fight.
The Wolf Pack end the regular season with a 7-5 record while UNLV ends their season with a 4-8 record. Nevada will now await to see if they will play in a bowl game and that announcement should happen next week.