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Earvin Johnson led all receivers with 10 catches for 114 yards in Reno.

Earvin Johnson led all receivers with 10 catches for 114 yards in Reno.

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By SCOTT SONNER
Associated Press Writer

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Kurt Nantkes passed for 255 yards and Dyante Perkins scored on a 29-yard run on fourth down with 12:10 remaining Saturday night as UNLV rallied to beat rival Nevada, Reno 16-12 for the fourth year in a row.

The raucous contest before a sellout crowd of 31,900 included the arrest of a Reno man accused of throwing a small object that hit UNLV Coach John Robinson as he exited the field at the half with his team trailing 9-3.

Robinson, whose Rebels (4-1) are off to their best start since 1984, was not seriously injured and returned after intermission.

Earvin Johnson caught 10 passes for 114 yards and Dillon Pieffer made field goals of 26, 33 and 27 yards for the Rebels, who grabbed two interceptions in the final four minutes to seal the victory.

Jeff Rowe, a sophomore from Reno, came off the bench to pass for 143 yards and moved the Wolf Pack (3-2) as far as UNLV's 43-yard line in the final minute before Adam Seward snagged an interception with 37 seconds remaining.

Chance Kretschmer scored UNR's only touchdown on a 6-yard run that put the Wolf Pack ahead 6-3 in the first quarter. But UNLV held him to 56 yards rushing, less than half his average.

UNR's defense forced two turnovers and held UNLV to only 34 yards rushing through the first three quarters as the Wolf Pack took a 12-6 lead into the final 15 minutes.

But Nantkes led the Rebels 91 yards in 12 plays, capped by Perkins' TD run up the middle on fourth-and-one, and threw a 45-yard pass to Michael Johnson to get to UNR's 19 and set up Pieffer's 27-yard field goal to make it 16-12 with 4:08 remaining.

 

 

UNLV defensive end Chris Eagen intercepted a tipped pass to get the Rebels the ball back deep in UNR territory with 3:55 left and Perkins appeared headed for another touchdown before fumbling into the end zone for a touchback.

Rowe led UNR on a 74-yard drive in the final 1:13 of the first half to set up Damon Fine's 24-yard field goal to put the Wolf Pack ahead 9-3. He added a 21-yarder to give the Pack a 12-3 lead midway through the third quarter before Pieffer hit from 33 yards to cut the advantage to 12-6 with 3:35 left in the third.

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