Five games into the 2009 season, the Nevada football team has taken over the top spot in the national rankings for rushing offense. The Wolf Pack is No. 1 with 288.8 yards per game.
The leap to the top spot was fueld by the Pack's performances the last two weeks. Against UNLV on Oct. 3, Nevada ran wild for a school-record 559 yards on the ground with three players - Mike Ball, Luke Lippincott and Colin Kaepernick - topping the 150-yard mark in the game. Last week against Louisiana Tech, Nevada broke free for 345 yards on the ground, including 107 by Vai Taua and 89 by Kaepernick.
In just five games, Nevada has four different players with at least 201 yards rushing on the season. Lippincott leads thee team with 393 yards, followed closely by Kaepernick (384) and Taua (316). The junior Taua has the team lead in rushing yards per game at 79.0 per game, which is fifth in the WAC and just 48th nationally. Lippincott is 49th and Kaepernick is 55th in the country.
Nevada leads the WAC and is eighth nationally in total offense at 475.0 yards per game.
Other national rankings of note:
Nevada leads the WAC and is ninth nationally in tackles for loss per game at 8.2 TFLs per game.
Ball continues to lead the WAC and is 12th nationally in kick return average at 30.36 yards per return
Junior defensive end Dontay Moch is now second nationally in tackles for loss per game at 2.40. He has 12 TFLs on the season.