UNLV Postgame Notes
Sept. 28, 2008
THE BATLE FOR THE FREMONT CANNON
UNR-UNLV GAME NOTES
Sept. 27, 2008
UNLV fell to UNR for the fourth consecutive time and the Wolf Pack now leads the all-time series 19-15. The Rebels lost at home for the first time in 2008.
Ben Jaekle's second-quarter field goal went 52 yards, which tied for the sixth-longest in UNLV history and was the longest for the school since Sergio Aguayo's 52-yarder vs. TCU in 2006. Jaekle's boot bested his career long of 47 yards, which came in the first quarter of Saturday's game. Jaekle, a sophomore, is the younger brother of UNR senior PK Brett Jaekle.
When Jason Beauchamp recovered a fumble by UNR QB Colin Kaepernick, it marked only the second fumble recovery by UNLV this season.
Beauchamp finished with 21 total tackles, which was just one short of the school record for one game (DB Quincy Sanders had 22 at Air Force inn 1999).
Casey Flair's first quarter reception extended his streak with at least one catch to 40, which ranks second in the nation for active streaks to Rice's Jarret Dillard (41) and is second all-time at UNLV behind Earvin Johnson's school-record 41 games from 2001-04.
UNLV true freshman WR Phillip Payne's first quarter TD catch was his sixth of the season. The Las Vegas native has at least one score in all five games this season and incredibly has six scores in just 16 catches. Payne came into the game tied with two others for the national lead for touchdowns by a freshman in 2008.
Chris Wellington's 70-yard touchdown first-quarter catch for UNR marked the third consecutive season that the Wolf Pack threw a scoring pass of least 70 yards vs. the Rebels. Chris McCoy hauled in a 79-yarder in the 2006 meeting and then he brought in a 90-yarder in 2007.
The attendance was 33,078, which marked the eighth-largest crowd to watch UNLV play at Sam Boyd Stadium. It also was the third-largest crowd to witness a Battle for the Fremont Cannon anywhere in the Silver State. Only the sold-out crowd of 37,179 in 2006 at Sam Boyd Stadium and a stadium-record attendance of 33,391 in 1995 at Mackay Stadium in Reno were bigger.
UNLV QB Omar Clayton's lost fumble in the second quarter was the team's second turnover of the entire season. The Rebels later suffered an interception as well. UNLV entered the game with the national lead with only one turnover (previous leader Florida had three TOs earlier in the day in a loss to Ole Miss).
Ryan Wolfe posted his seventh career 100-yard receiving game (167 yards on eight catches) and second of the season. The junior is now just one behind the school record of eight shared by Lenny Ware, Randy Gatewood and Jim Sandusky.
Wolfe moved from eighth into fifth in career receptions at the school with 158, tying Carlos Baker (1995-98). He needs just three more to tie Lenny Ware in fourth (161).
Senior WR Casey Flair's five catches gave him 175 for his career and put him just eight away from second place at UNLV and just 12 away from tying all-time leader Damon Williams' mark of 187.
UNR QB Colin Kaepernick became the first player to rush for more than 200 yards in a game against UNLV since RB Darren Davis of Iowa State posted 208 on Sept. 18, 1999. Kaepernick finished with 240 yards on just 18 carries.
UNLV QB Omar Clayton saw his school-record streak of not throwing an interception stopped at 173 when his 35th pass attempt of the night was tipped and picked off. That string ranked second in the nation behind only Florida's Tim Tebow's streak of 183.
Clayton posted his second career 300-yard passing games with 327. He also threw for three touchdowns for the third time this season. The sophomore has already thrown for 12 touchdowns, which is the most in an entire season by a Rebel since Kurt Nantkes had a dozen in 2003.
UNR finished with 620 yards of total offense, which was the most allowed by the Rebels since San Diego State posted 670 in a 44-42 UNLV win in 1996.
UNR's rushing total of 444 was the most allowed by UNLV since Air Force totaled 459 in a 65-17 loss in 1996.
The Rebels were 2-2 in the red zone (both touchdowns) vs.UNR, which kept them perfect this season at 15-15 (12 touchdowns, three field goals). UNLV went into the game as one of nine teams in the nation at 100 percent in the red zone.