RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Jeff Rowe completed 21 of 32 passes for 265
yards and Robert Hubbard scored two touchdowns as Nevada survived a
mistake-filled game Saturday night to snap a five-game losing
streak to rival UNLV with a 22-14 victory.
Caleb Spencer had 12 catches for 144 yards, freshman Brett
Jaekle made three field goals and Nick Hawthorne grabbed a key
interception down the stretch to set up Hubbard's 1-yard score with
2:33 remaining for the Wolf Pack (1-1).
Quarterback Shane Steichen ran 70 yards for one touchdown and
passed for another but completed only 7-of-25 passes for 58 yards
for UNLV (1-2), which had two touchdowns called back due to
penalties on the same series in the second quarter.
Leading 12-7 late in the game, Nevada safety Richard Stallings
sacked Steichen for a 7-yard loss on his own 2 yard line. After a
punt to near midfield, Rowe hit Spencer for a 22-yard gain to
UNLV's 7 before Jaekle's 22-yarder put Nevada up 15-7 with 8:09
On the next series, Hawthorne intercepted Steichen at Nevada's
35 and ran it deep into UNLV territory to help put the game away.
Steichen threw a 16-yard TD to Greg Estandia with 1:09
remaining, but Nevada recovered the ensuing onside kick and two
plays later hundreds of Wolf Pack fans swarmed the field to
celebrate the return of the Fremont Cannon -- the rivalry trophy --
to Reno for the first time since Nevada's last winning season in
Both teams squandered numerous scoring opportunities in the
intrastate series that Nevada now leads 16-15. Jaekle made field
goals from 25, 26 and 22 yards but also missed one, had another
blocked and missed an extra point.
Leading 9-7 at the half, Nevada's Craig Bailey recovered
Steichen's fumble at UNLV's 23 on the second play of the second
half and seven plays later Jaekle appeared to make a 20-yard field
goal. But the officials had blown the play dead because UNLV was
offsides, and Jaekle missed the next attempt from 19 yards.
On 4th-and-1 from UNLV's 45, Ezra Butler stopped Steichen for a
loss and Rowe led Nevada deep into UNLV territory where Jaekle made
a 26-yarder for a 12-7 lead at 2:35 in the third quarter.
On the next series, UNLV receiver Tremayne Kirkland went in
motion, took the snap from center and raced 47 yards to Nevada's
16. But two plays later, Nevada's Joe Garcia forced Steichen to
fumble and Erics Clark recovered.
Rowe, a junior from Reno McQueen High School, completed 4-of-5
passes for 57 yards on Nevada's opening 80-yard scoring drive
capped by Hubbard's 1-yard. Jaekle made a 25-yard field goal for a
9-0 Nevada lead at 3:12 in the first quarter.
A minute later, Steichen faked a handoff then got free around
the left side and raced 70 yards for a touchdown to cut it to 9-7.
The Rebels were poised to score again when Ernest Gordon
recovered Hubbard's fumble on the next series and ran 8 yards to
Nevada's 19 just before the end of the first quarter.
But three consecutive offensive penalties killed the drive,
nullifying what would have been a 12-yard TD run by Steichen and a
17-yard scoring pass from Steichen to Estandia.