Rebels football:

The Fremont Cannon visits Las Vegas this weekend and UNLV plans to keep it here

The Rebels have only seen the trophy once a year for the past seven seasons, a trend they’re trying to change against UNR

Image

Associated Press

The Fremont Cannon sat in the corner of Sam Boyd Stadium on Oct. 2, 2010, as UNR defeated UNLV 44-26 and kept the trophy. The teams get together Saturday at noon in Las Vegas with the Rebels trying to snap a seven-game losing streak in the series.

LasVegasSun.com Sports Talk

Battle about the Battle for the Fremont Cannon

  • You need to upgrade your Flash Player

Las Vegas Sun reporters Ray Brewer, Case Keefer and Taylor Bern butt heads over the necessity of a UNLV victory against UNR and then breakdown the upcoming UFC event in Brazil.

Go to UNR’s athletics page, click football and then roster and you can’t miss it. Right at the top of the page, front and center in a full team photo, is the heaviest and most expensive rivalry trophy in the country.

The Wolf Pack is as proud of winning the Fremont Cannon as any other achievement. Senior linebacker Albert Rosette said there are just a few stated goals for the season, and “when you see beat UNLV along with conference championships, go to a bowl game and have a winning season, you know it’s a big deal.”

UNR (5-1, 2-0) is in position to do all of those things this year. Barring an epic collapse, the Wolf Pack will win more than they lose and thus punch a ticket to a bowl game. And they’re currently atop the Mountain West standings after surviving last week at home, 35-28 in overtime against Wyoming.

That just leaves Saturday’s game at Sam Boyd Stadium, which will air locally at noon on Cox Cable channels 96 and HD 1096.

UNR will bring down the cannon, along with some extra police officers to watch over Wolf Pack tailgates, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. Both sides are preparing for a battle that hopefully stays on the field, though they’re prepared for it to spill over into the stands before, during or after the game.

For UNLV (1-5, 1-0), the cannon has been like a relative you see only once a year, maybe at Thanksgiving or Christmas. The Rebels would like to make more time to get together throughout the year, but they haven’t taken the necessary steps to make that happen. UNLV coach Bobby Hauck is trying to change that this week, emphasizing that his guys should be “hyper-focused” on small things and perfecting their technique during rivalry week.

“They should. Whether they do or not, I suppose, is a good indicator,” Hauck said.

Up in Reno, the Wolf Pack have had a chance to see the cannon every day for the last seven years. That feeling is extra sweet when you’ve been on both sides of this rivalry, like UNR senior kicker Allen Hardison.

Hardison played football and soccer for two years at UNLV until Hauck came in and gave a scholarship to another kicker. Hardison said he didn’t take that lightly, so he transferred up north where he’s five-of-six on field goals this season with a long of 41 yards.

“I think down there Bobby Hauck is trying to change the culture with the cannon, but up here we’ve had the cannon forever,” Hardison said. “Coach Ault knows the process with that and how to keep it blue.”

Another UNR player said no matter what time of year it is, whenever someone around town asks him how things are going they almost always follow it up with the same thought: Just make sure you beat UNLV.

That task would likely be easier for the Wolf Pack if they had starting quarterback Cody Fajardo, whose back issues will make him a game-time decision, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Hauck said the Rebels are preparing as if Fajardo will play, and even if he doesn’t, backup Devin Combs looked capable in leading UNR from behind for a victory last week.

At this point, most of the work is done. The Rebels are either ready to take back the cannon or they’re not.

“If they aren’t, we’ve got the wrong guys,” Hauck said.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 2 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy.

  1. Coach Ault will have The Nevada Wolf Pack prepared to keep The Fremont Cannon Blue again

  2. It would be nice if Nevada overlooked UNLV, but Ault loves kicking their butts too much for that to happen.