Wolf Pack's biggest hunt awaits as Rebels, red Cannon invade Reno

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RENO, Nev. Notes from Nevada Athletics

Looking to end the 2019 regular season with four consecutive wins, Nevada prepares for one of its most important contests of the regular season, the Battle for the Fremont Cannon against in-state rival UNLV, which will also mark senior day for 17 Wolf Pack seniors.

A win on Saturday would have a couple of important implications. The Wolf Pack can get to eight wins on the season with a victory over the Rebels, something that hasn't been done in the regular season since the 2010 team won 12 games. A win on Saturday would also switch possession of the coveted Fremont Cannon back to Nevada, which has held possession of the cannon 24 times in the series history.

Nevada is riding some momentum into this game having won its last three games in a row, but UNLV, which has a 3-8 overall record, also has a bit of a momentum swing after earning its first conference victory of the season last weekend over SJSU. A win over the Rebels would also bump head coach Jay Norvell above .500 in his tenure at Nevada.

John Ramey and Mike Edwards will have the call in Northern Nevada on ESPN Radio 94.5 FM with a 60 minute pregame show prior to kickoff. Fans can also tune in to listen to Ramey and Edwards' broadcast online at TuneIn.com or via the TuneIn app.

Fans can watch the game on AT&T SportsNet. Drew Goodman and Sed Bonner will have the call on the television broadcast.

Nevada leads the all-time series against UNLV 24-18, including 7-3 in its last 10 meetings. The Rebels currently hold the Fremont Cannon, but the Pack will look to reverse that after it won the last matchup the last time they met in Reno.

The most anticipated matchup in the state of Nevada will take place this Saturday, as Nevada welcomes the Rebels to Mackay Stadium in a battle for the Fremont Cannon. Governors Series points will be on the line from this match up, and the winner of this football game will win a tie breaker between the two schools at the end of the year. The Pack is 7-3 in its last 10 games against the Rebels, and has been significantly better this season boasting four more wins with three more in conference play. The Fremont Cannon serves as one of the best awards in college football, as it is the biggest rivalry trophy in the country.

The Wolf Pack has won four of its five games in Mackay Stadium this season, boasting a 4-1 record after defeating Purdue 34-31, Weber State 19-13, San Jose State 41-38 and New Mexico 21-10 . The Wolf Pack accumulated over 350 yards off offense in each of those wins. Nevada is 5-2 in its last seven home games against UNLV and 14-8 all time.

A developing hallmark of the young coaching career of Jay Norvell is his record in late-season games. As the old adage goes, 'the games you remember are the games in November.'

Entering this week's regular-season finale against UNLV, Norvell is 7-3 overall in November games and 8-3 in games played after Nov. 1, counting last year's bowl game victory over Arkansas State. This includes a perfect 4-0 mark at home, and an average score in November games of 38.2 to 25.4.

Prior to the contest on Saturday, Nevada will be honoring 17 seniors for their dedication and sacrifice for the program:
Kyle Adams
Maliek Broady
Daniel Brown
Dom Christian
Kaleb Meder
Kelton Moore
E.J. Muhammad
Jake Nelson
Brendan O'Leary-Orange
Spencer Pettit
Ben Putman
Gabriel Sewell
Cristian Solano
Hausia Sekona
Kaleb Fossum
Lucas Weber
Quinton Conaway

Nevada will wait for its bowl game placement as it prepares to head to its second consecutive bowl game.