(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: BYU 55, UNLV 7
Provo, UT (Sports Network) - Joshua Quezada scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the BYU Cougars to an easy 55-7 victory over the UNLV Rebels in a Mountain West Conference tilt at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Quezada finished with 65 rushing yards for BYU (4-5, 3-2 MWC), while J.J. Di Luigi led the rushing attack with 80 yards, and also found the end zone once. Jake Heaps threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns in the victory for the Cougars.
Caleb Herring threw for 109 yards and one touchdown for UNLV (1-8, 1-4), but completed just 8-of-21 passes and was intercepted once.
The Cougars pounced on UNLV early, as Quezada scored on a 13-yard run midway through the opening frame.
BYU added a two-yard touchdown run by Bryan Kariya late in the quarter, pushing its lead to 14-0.
The offensive domination for BYU continued in the second stanza when Di Luigi plunged into the end zone from the one yard line, giving the Cougars an impressive 21-0 advantage.
Heaps got involved in the scoring a few minutes later when the quarterback pushed BYU's lead to 28-0 with a 37-yard scoring strike to Cody Hoffman.
Quezada struck again, this time scoring on another 13-yard scamper, giving BYU a 35-0 edge.
A 48-yard Mitch Payne field goal as time expired in the first half extended the Cougars advantage to 38-0.
It was the same story in the second half, as Heaps connected with Luke Ashworth on a 42-yard scoring strike early in the third quarter.
That was followed by a four-yard touchdown run by Quezada late in the frame, giving the Cougars an overwhelming 52-0 lead.
Payne added a 25-yard field goal midway through the fourth frame.
UNLV was finally able to score, as Herring found Marcus Sullivan for a 24-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of regulation. However, it was far too late for the Rebels to catch BYU, as the Cougars went on to win by a 48-yard margin.
11/06 18:30:35 ET