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Rebs Relinquish Cannon As Senior Day Spoiled

Nov. 26, 2016

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LAS VEGAS ( - Quarterback Kurt Palandech rushed for 98 yards with one touchdown and threw for 121 yards, but it was not enough as UNLV suffered a 45-10 defeat to in-state rival, Nevada, Reno on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.

The game also marked the fourth consecutive year that the Fremont Cannon changed colors. The Rebels finish the season 4-8 (3-5 Mountain West).

"An extremely disappointing performance," head coach Tony Sanchez said. "Those are the games you want to come out and perform well in. I'm disappointed in our lack of preparedness and lack of physicality."

The Wolf Pack (5-7, 4-4) jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead before Palandech scrambled 27 yards, breaking six tackles in the process to put UNLV on the board.

Nevada-Reno increased its lead to 27-7 before Evan Pantels booted a career-best 47-yard field goal to enter the half 27-10.

The Wolf Pack controlled the second half, scoring the next 18 points and shutting down the Rebel offense.

UNLV went 1-for-12 on third down, while UNR dominated time of possession (37:42-22:18).

"It's not being able to get off the field and convert on third down," Sanchez said. "Our kids competed well early on. In the second half, you didn't see any of it."

UNLV running back Charles Williams rushed nine times for 48 yards, while Trevor Kanteman caught two passes for 39 yards.

Troy Hawthorne registered 15 tackles, while linebacker Tau Lotulelei added 10 with a sack.



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