(Saturday, August 30th)
Final Score: UNLV 27, Utah State 17
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Omar Clayton threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns, as he led the UNLV Rebels to a 27-17 victory over the Utah State Aggies at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Ryan Wolfe was the main target in the win for UNLV (1-0), as the receiver finished with 103 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions.
The Aggies (0-1) tried to use two quarterbacks in the contest, but neither Sean Setzer or Diondre Borel were very effective. Setzer finished with just 123 passing yards, while Borel threw for just 80 yards. However, Borel also tossed a touchdown pass in the loss and led the ground attack with 70 yards.
The Rebels jumped on the scoreboard first, as Clayton hit Wolfe with a nine- yard touchdown pass midway through the opening frame.
Seconds into the second stanza the Aggies evened the score at 7-7, thanks to a one-yard touchdown plunge by Robert Turbin.
UNLV regained the lead on its ensuing drive, as Clayton capped off a 14-play, 79-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Payne.
The Rebels added a 20-yard field goal by Kyle Watson in the final seconds of the second quarter to go into the break with a 17-7 edge.
Clayton and Wolfe continued to torment the Aggies in the third quarter, as the two Rebels connected on a 32-yard scoring strike, pushing UNLV's lead to 24-7.
Utah State added a 42-yard field goal by Peter Caldwell midway through the third frame, cutting its deficit to 24-10.
UNLV returned the favor in the fourth quarter, as Ben Jaekle nailed a 42-yard field goal, which put the Rebels ahead by a 17-point margin.
Utah State put together its best offensive drive of the night in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, as Borel capped off a 16-play, 80-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to Nmandi Gwacham. However, that would be the last time the Aggies added to scoreboard, as UNLV held on for the 27-17 victory.
08/31 02:18:14 ET