George Naufahu ran 22 times for 90 yards and UNLV overcame four turnovers to beat Northern Colorado 13-12 Saturday night.
Mike Horsey's third-quarter interception - the first of the season for the Rebels - led to a 35-yard field goal by Jon Leiva with :22 seconds left in the period, giving UNLV (1-1) a 13-10 lead.
Trailing by one with 5:45 left in the game, Northern Colorado's Seth Czapenski missed a 24-yard field goal.
UNLV opened the scoring with a 5-play, 64-yard drive on its first series, highlighted by a 48-yard pass from Blake Decker to Devonte Boyd. Decker later found Marcus Sullivan over the middle for a 5-yard TD.
Northern Colorado (0-1) tied it late in the third quarter, when Robert Holland rumbled in from three yards out at the 6:55 mark.
The Bears converted 2 of 12 third downs and crossed midfield just four times.