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The Fremont Cannon is the trophy awarded to the winner of the Battle for Nevada, a college football rivalry game between the University of Nevada, Las Vegasmarker (UNLV) and the University of Nevada, Renomarker (Nevada). The trophy built in 1970 and is a replica of a 19th century Howitzer cannon that accompanied American explorer and politician John C. Frémont on an expedition to Nevadamarker in the mid 19th century. Originally fired following a touchdown by the team in possession of the cannon, it has been inoperable since 1999. The wooden carriage is painted the school color of the team in posesion, blue for Nevada and red for UNLV. The trophy is the heaviest and most expensive in college football.

The first game between the teams was in 1969 with Nevada defeating UNLV. The following year the cannon was built and UNLV became the first team to win the cannon. Since then the cannon has changed hands twelve times with the current holder being Nevada, following a 63-28 victory in 2009 at Mackay Stadiummarker in Renomarker. Nevada has held the cannon for five years straight, following a five year reign by UNLV. Nevada has won 20 out of the 35 games played between the two teams for the cannon.

History of the trophy

In 1967 Bill Ireland was hired by Nevada Southern University (the predecessor to UNLV) to coach their new football team, and by 1969 came up with the idea to have a trophy as a symbol of the rivalry between the two schools. Ireland was the first football coach of the UNLV Rebels, and an alumnus and former coach of Nevada. The cannon was donated by Kennecott Copper and is a replica of a howitzer cannon that explorer John C. Fremont used on an expedition in 1843, and allegedly left in a snowdrift in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

It contains a barrel, weighs , and cost $10,000 to build making it the heaviest and most expensive trophy in college football. The two schools first played each other on Thanksgiving Day, 1969, with the Wolf Pack winning 30-28, however construction of the cannon had yet to be completed. The first competition for the cannnon was in 1970 when the Rebels won 42-30 in Las Vegasmarker.
 In 1978, following Nevada's first victory over UNLV in four seasons, Chris Ault convinced security at McCarran International Airportmarker to allow the team to disassemble the cannon and take it as carry-on luggage back to Reno. The team had to figure out how to break down the cannon, a task that was usually done by the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which Nevada did not have in 1978. The cannon was refurbished at a cost of $1,500 in 2000 following damage after UNLV victory celebration. While being refurbished, UNLV officials found inscriptions inside the cannon, including "University of Notta Lotta Victories." Up until 1999 the cannon was fired by the team in possession following each touchdown,    however the cannon has not been fireable since 1999. The cannon is painted the winning team's color, red for UNLV, and blue for Nevada.

History of the Rivalry

Students of Nevada's two public universities share a mutual disdain for each other, as evidenced by the numerous blue "FUNLV" and red "FUNR" shirts (UNR being shorthand for University of Nevada, Reno, which UNLV students derisively call the northern school) at the stadium on rivalry days. Many Nevada students hail from Las Vegas and view UNLV as a glorified community college; UNLV students see Nevada as an overrated, stodgy institution in an uncultured part of the state.

In 1993 Wolf Pack coach Jeff Horton left Nevada after one season to coach for UNLV in what is referred to as the "Red Defection".

The rivalry is heated inside the stadium as well. Sam Boyd Stadium and Mackay Stadium are two of the few NCAA institutions to sell alcohol on game day; this has resulted in numerous fights in the stands. In 1995, UNLV players allegedly started a pre-game brawl, which prompted the Wolf Pack to run up the score in their 55-32 victory against UNLV. After the game, UNLV player Quincy Sanders threw his helmet in the direction of Nevada head coach Chris Ault.

In 2003 a Nevada fan was charged with battery for throwing an empty beer can at UNLV head coach John Robinson.


Nevada victories shaded in ██ blue.
UNLV victories are shaded ██ scarlet.

# Date Winning team Losing team Series Site
35 2009 Nevada 63 UNLV 28 Nevada 20-15 Reno
34 2008 Nevada 49 UNLV 27 Nevada 19-15 Las Vegas
33 2007 Nevada 27 UNLV 20 Nevada 18-15 Reno
32 2006 Nevada 31 UNLV 3 Nevada 17-15 Las Vegas
31 2005 Nevada 22 UNLV 14 Nevada 16-15 Reno
30 2004 UNLV 48 Nevada 13 Tied 15-15 Las Vegas
29 2003 UNLV 16 Nevada 12 Nevada 15-14 Reno
28 2002 UNLV 21 Nevada 17 Nevada 15-13 Las Vegas
27 2001 UNLV 27 Nevada 12 Nevada 15-12 Reno
26 2000 UNLV 38 Nevada 7 Nevada 15-11 Las Vegas
25 1999 Nevada 26 UNLV 12 Nevada 15-10 Reno
24 1998 Nevada 31 UNLV 20 Nevada 14-10 Las Vegas
23 1997 Nevada 31 UNLV 14 Nevada 13-10 Reno
22 1996 Nevada 54 UNLV 17 Nevada 12-10 Las Vegas
21 1995 Nevada 55 UNLV 32 Nevada 11-10 Reno
20 1994 UNLV 32 Nevada 27 Tied 10-10 Las Vegas
19 1993 Nevada 49 UNLV 14 Nevada 10-9 Reno
18 1992 Nevada 14 UNLV 10 Tied 9-9 Las Vegas
17 1991 Nevada 50 UNLV 8 UNLV 9-8 Reno
16 1990 Nevada 26 UNLV 14 UNLV 9-7 Las Vegas
15 1989 Nevada 45 UNLV 7 UNLV 9-6 Reno
1988 No game
14 1987 UNLV 24 Nevada 19 UNLV 9-5 Las Vegas
1986 No game
13 1985 Nevada 48 UNLV 7 UNLV 8-5 Reno
1984 No game
12 1983 UNLV 28 Nevada 18 UNLV 8-4 Las Vegas
1982 No game
1981 No game
1980 No game
11 1979 UNLV 26 Nevada 21 UNLV 7-4 Reno
10 1978 Nevada 23 UNLV 14 UNLV 6-4 Las Vegas
9 1977 UNLV 27 Nevada 12 UNLV 6-3 Reno
8 1976 UNLV 49 Nevada 33 UNLV 5-3 Las Vegas
7 1975 UNLV 45 Nevada 7 UNLV 4-3 Reno
6 1974 UNLV 28 Nevada 7 Tied 3-3 Las Vegas
5 1973 Nevada 19 UNLV 3 Nevada 3-2 Reno
4 1972 Nevada 41 UNLV 13 Tied 2-2 Las Vegas
3 1971 UNLV 27 Nevada 13 UNLV 2-1 Reno
2 1970 UNLV 42 Nevada 30 Tied 1-1 Las Vegas
1 1969 Nevada 30 UNLV 28 Nevada 1-0 Reno


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