LAS VEGAS (Sports Network) - Colin Kaepernick completed 13-of-17 throws for 124 yards and a touchdown and ran for 97 yards and another score to carry 25th-ranked Nevada past UNLV, 44-26, in the Battle for the Fremont Cannon at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Vai Taua carried 19 times for 188 yards and three scores and caught two passes for 17 yards and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (5-0), who have won their first five games for the first time since becoming an FBS school in 1992.
Omar Clayton connected on 14-of-23 passes for 214 yards and a score and Phillip Payne made eight catches for a career-high 170 yards for the Rebels (1-4), who lost for an eighth straight time against a ranked opponent.
"I thought our guys fought hard, thought Reno did a nice job, they were well prepared and played a good game," UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck said. "They just outplayed us. We had a few opportunitites and they didn't allow us to capitalize on them and that's disappointing."
Kaepernick's 16-yard scoring run capped off an eight-play, 60-yard drive for the Wolf Pack on their first possession as they took the early lead.
UNLV was stopped on its next touch but Nevada fumbled the punt and the Rebels recovered at the visitors 17-yard line. Four plays later, Bradley Randle barged in from a yard out to tie the game.
The visitors put together a 14-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a one- yard run from Courtney Randall to move back in front with 13 1/2 minutes to play in the first half.
The hosts responded again moving 88 yards in 10 plays to tie the game on Clayton's eight-yard scoring dash.
Taua's three-yard scoring run and 22-yard scoring reception from Kaepernick in the final three minutes of the half gave Nevada a 28-14 lead at the break.
Anthony Martinez booted a 29-yard field goal and UNLV countered with a 24- yarder from Nolan Kohorst in the third quarter before Taua put things out of reach on a 72-yard scoring dash with 15 seconds left in the frame to make it 38-17.
A Kohorst field goal from 32 yards away three minutes into the final stanza was answered by Taua's two-yard scoring run that made it 44-20 with a tick under nine minutes to play.
"The offense did pretty well but we stopped ourselves a few times," Kaepernick said. "But they are our mistakes, so it is definitely something we can fix."
Clayton connected with Anthony Vidal on a four-yard score with 4 1/2 minutes to play but the two-point conversion failed, and Nevada ran out the clock from there.