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The Battle for The Cannon Enters Allegiant Stadium

todayNovember 3, 2020 12

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The Fremont Cannon has been Rebel Red for the past two years and coming off a heated confrontation during the end of last year’s rivalry game in Reno. The Nevada Day stage was set for the first battle in Allegiant Stadium.

 

The Wolf Pack’s air attack and brutal ground game proved to be too much for the young Rebel defense to withstand.  Coupled with that, the constant pressure to keep up as UNR tallied on point after point forced UNLV quarterback Max Gilliam into spots that he knows he should not enter.

 

The game was tied twice; at kickoff and at 7:37 left in the first as the teams exchanged first-possession field goals.

 

After that, Reno knew they had the advantage with the deep ball as sophomore quarterback Carson Strong repeatedly threw over the top to find his receivers for huge gains.

 

Strong would complete 21 of his 27 attempts for 350 yards and two touchdowns as the Wolf Pack exited Allegiant Stadium with the 37-19 victory.

 

While the biggest trophy in all of college football was not on-site for the contest, the Wolf Pack made sure to snap a celebratory picture in the middle of the field in case the Cannon could not make its way back up north.

 

The Rebels had a week to prepare for the biggest matchup in head coach Marcus Arroyo’s early tenure with their new starting quarterback behind center (not under center given UNLV’s shotgun offense).

 

“There are no moral victories,” UNLV Head Coach Marcus Arroyo said post-game.

 

Arroyo did give credit to his young secondary for being coachable throughout the game, despite knowing the type of offense that was on the other side of the ball.

 

The very first play from scrimmage was the tone-setter for the entire game, as Strong used the deep ball to connect with Romeo Doubs for 36-yards down the sideline to immediately enter UNLV territory.

 

That combination proved to be one that the young Rebel secondary could not withstand as Doubs ended the game with 211 receiving yards on just 6 catches.

 

Strong would also finish the game with his 230-consecutive completions without throwing an interception.

 

Gilliam did what he could in his first start by completing 68 percent of his passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 38 yards.

 

As most strong offenses do, UNR took the lead behind the passing game and when the game was nearing the end, they used the rushing attack of their stout running back, Toa Taua (12 attempts for 88 yards), to put the game away.

 

Rebel running back Charles Williams would break the century mark (103) for the first time this season behind 19 rushes.

 

In search of their first win inside Allegiant Stadium, UNLV (0-2) will host Fresno State (1-1) on November 7th.

 

The Bulldogs lost to Hawaii by 15 in their opener and then beat Colorado State by 21 just 5 days later.

 

The Rebels have allowed 34+ points in each of the losses.

 

By: Devin Virissimo

Written by: Vanessa Mcconnell

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