Colin Kaepernick accounted for five touchdowns and 416 yards of offense Saturday night, and Nevada erased an early double-digit deficit to beat UNLV 49-27.
It was Nevada's fourth straight victory over UNLV in the annual Fremont Cannon game. The victor paints the cannon its school colors. It was last UNLV scarlet in 2004.
Kaepernick rushed for 240 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns, including a 66-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half to give the Wolf Pack (2-2) a 35-20 lead. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Vai Taua added 123 rushing yards on 19 carries and a 4-yard touchdown run with 11:37 to play to extend Nevada's lead to 42-27.
After scoring 17 points in the first 10 minutes, UNLV (3-2) was limited to 10 points the rest of the game.
UNLV's Omar Clayton threw three touchdown passes, including a 7-yarder to Ryan Wolfe at the 7:25 mark of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 35-27. But the Rebels didn't score again and Clayton was intercepted for the first time in 145 attempts this year.
Nevada trailed 17-7 with five minutes to play in the first quarter, but scored 21 unanswered points and limited UNLV to three points the rest of the half.
Wolfe finished with eight receptions for 167 yards.
UNLV sophomore kicker Ben Jaekle had field goals of 47 and 52 yards in the first half. His older brother, Nevada senior kicker Brett Jaekle, connected on all seven of his extra point attempts.