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UNLV Gets Decisive Win Over Utah State, 34-24

UNLV moves to 3-1 on the season behind dominant defense, Brumfield runs for 2 TDs

Opening their conference schedule against the defending Mountain West Conference champions, the Rebels looked prepared to make a statement. What many may not have expected was that the Rebels defense had a lot to say.

The opening quarter began slowly, with both teams trying to establish the run, but the pace picked up quickly once the offenses found their comfort in the passing game. Utah State opened the scoring about nine minutes in, when Logan Bonner found Justin McGriff for a 12-yard touchdown pass. UNLV quickly responded on their next drive as Brumfield found Kyle Williams for a big 40-yard reception and Jeff Weimer for a 27-yard completion. The Rebels tied the game at 7-7 when Brumfield scored on a 4-yard rush off an option play. Utah State had the play defended well, with defenders on both Robbins and Brumfield, but the 6-5” quarterback would prove quick enough to slip the would-be tackler and find the end zone.

Utah State made a critical error early when punter Stephen Kotsanlee dropped to one knee to receive the ball on his own 5-yard line. The ball was downed at the 5, and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Aggies set UNLV up with 1st-and-0goal inside the 3-yard line. Doug Brumfield scored his second rushing touchdown on the day three plays later and the Rebels took the lead at 14-7.

Following a Utah State punt, the Rebels opened the second quarter with an efficient eight-play drive taking only 2:43 off the clock. Aidan Robbins was proved effective once again, rushing twice for 29 yards, and Doug Brumfield found Kyle Williams on a 6-yard fade pass to increase the Rebels lead to 21-7.

The Rebels got their first interception in the game when Jerrae Williams picked off Logan Bonner on Utah State’s next possession. The…

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Publish date : 2022-09-25 07:28:51

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