Oct. 2, 2010
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No. 25 NEVADA, RENO at UNLV GAME NOTES
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Oct. 2, 2010
The 36th Battle for the Fremont Cannon saw one of the two teams ranked in the matchup for the first time ever as the Wolf Pack this week entered the polls for the first time since 1948 at No. 25.
With their 44-26 victory, the Wolf Pack became the first team in the history of the series to win six straight.
UNLV senior QB Omar Clayton moved past Sam King into third place on the school’s career passing yardage list. His 214 yards gave him 5,490 yards all-time.
The Rebels lost against a ranked team at home for the 14th consecutive time since their lone win at Sam Boyd Stadium over a ranked opponent (Cal State Fullerton in 1984).
UNLV senior linebacker and Las Vegas product Ronnie Paulo posted a career-high 13 total tackles in his final Battle for the Fremont Cannon.
Defensive end Beau Brence made his offensive debut by coming in to play fullback in the first quarter.
Redshirt freshman running back Bradley Randle scored his first touchdown as a Rebel with a one-yard plunge in the first quarter to even the score at 7-7.
UNLV’s second touchdown drive of the night went 88 yards and included Omar Clayton rushing three times for a total of 50 of them, including an eight-yard touchdown capper. The score marked Clayton’s first rushing TD since the 2009 season finale vs. San Diego State.
Will Chandler, who came into the game tied for the national lead in takeways with five, got his fourth interception (and sixth takeaway) of the season in the second quarter off a Colin Kaepernick pass. That total already ties Beau Bell’s four picks in 2007 for the single-season lead by any Rebel since All-American Jamaal Brimmer grabbed six in 2003.
True freshman Marcus Sullivan returned a kickoff 68 yards in the second quarter. It was the longest kick return by a Rebel since Deante’ Purvis scored on a 94-yard return in Game Six vs. BYU on Oct. 10, 2009.
Redshirt freshman WR Brandon Babineaux made his Rebel debut as part of the kickoff return team. That raised UNLV’s number of freshman played in 2010 to 20 (13 true and seven redshirts).
Phillip Payne’s 65-yard reception from Omar Clayton was the longest of the junior’s career, surpassing the 45-yarder at Utah on Sept. 6, 2008. It also pushed Payne over the 100-yard mark for the first time this season and the fourth time in his career, which ties him with three others for the 15th most in school history. Payne finished with a career-high 170 yards on eight catches.