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Nevada Wolfpack after winning PacWest 7s title

Nevada rebounded from a pool-opening loss to UC Davis to win the Pacific West 7s Championship Saturday in Reno, Nev. The Wolfpack lost to the Aggies, 19-5, before reeling off back-to-back wins against Stanford and UC Santa Cruz to force a three-way tie in Pool B.

Going into the final game of pool play, The Cardinal and the Aggies were tied atop the pool, both with 2-1 records. The Wolfpack could get to 2-1 with a win over the Banana Slugs, which they did, 46-7. The Pacific West decided to use bonus points, ala 15s, and Nevada scoring more than four tries against UCSC propeled the Wolfpack into the championship game against Pool A champ Sacramento State.

In the first half of the final, the Hornets and Wolfpack traded tries en route to a halftime tie, 10-10. The second half began with Sacramento State scoring a quick try and converting. 

Then Josh Hershey took over for Nevada, scoring an amazing try by breaking two tackles and dotting down under the post.  With the conversion, the score was tied again with three minutes to play. Sacramento State scored one more time to make the score 22-17.  And with no time left, Hershey stepped up once again to score a try under the posts, teeing up what should have been an easy game-winning conversion for Garren Albright. However, Albright's kick clanged off the right post and then the cross bar, but managed fall over the cross bar for the 24-22 win.

As Pacific West champs, Nevada claims an automatic berth into USA Rugby's College 7s National Championship in the spring.

Game TypeHomeScoreAway
Pool ASac State19-12Sonoma State
Pool BStanford33-7UCSC
Pool AChico State24-26SJSU
Pool BUC Davis19-5UNR
Pool ASJSU17-26Sac State
Pool BUNR22-14Stanford
Pool ASonoma State34-19Chico State
Pool BUCSC0-34UC Davis
Pool ASac State7-14Chico State
Pool BStanford17-7UC Davis
Pool ASJSU42-7Sonoma State
Pool BUNR46-7UCSC
5th/7thUC Davis42-7Sonoma State
3rd/4thSJSU15-12Stanford
1st/2ndUNR24-22Sac State