He waited patiently for four years as the backup QB to Colin Kaepernick.
The 2011 season began with fifth-year senior Tyler Lantrip named as the starting QB for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack. But after losing three of the first four games, Lantrip once again found himself on sidelines, this time behind another dual-threat QB, freshman Cody Fajardo.
Nevada would go on to win five games in a row with Fajardo at the helm and seemed to be cruising to another WAC championship.
Then, disaster struck. Nevada collapsed late and lost to Louisiana Tech in a game they dominated for three quarters. The following week, Nevada lost to to Utah State and, in the process, lost Fajardo to an injury.
With the WAC championship in the dust bin, Nevada faced Idaho in its season finale playing for bowl eligibility. In the final regular season game of his life, Lantrip had a career day. In one outstanding day, he earned his place in Nevada football history.
Lantrip stepped up and led Nevada to a rout over Idaho, 56-3. Lantrip was 24-for-31 through the air for 340 yards and four TDs. Nevada also had 226 yards rushing for 587 yards of total offense.
Freshman wide receiver Aaron Bradley had seven receptions for 136 yards and three TDs while Rishard Matthews caught 12 passes for 114 yards and one TD. Trey Session had five receptions for 61 yards and one TD.
Lampford Mark led all rushers with 24 carries for 104 yards and a TD.
With the win, Nevada (7-5) became bowl eligible. More importantly, Lantrip finally had the day he has dreamed of his entire career.
On his final day of regular season play, Lantrip earned a place in Nevada Wolf Pack athletic history. In a career that was otherwise lackluster, Lantrip's performance today will never be forgotten by Wolf Pack fans.
He will have one more opportunity to earn a spot in Legacy Hall. Let's hope Lantrip has one more career day in him.
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