UNLV was led by running back Shaquille Murray-Lawrence's 125 yards rushing and two touchdowns
UNLV got off to an early lead, but a strong second half performance gave Houston the win.
School-record-long field goal helps Rebels down Northern Colorado.
Spring practice is a wrap after big crowd watches Rebels scrimmage on campus.
Game recap of Rebels' first bowl since 2000.
Fresno State at UNLV; photos by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Houston defeats UNLV; photos by Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
UNLV vs. Arizona
UNLV @ North Texas
UNLV: A highly recruited back who played as a true freshman last season ... Will vie this fall for the opportunity to replace graduated rushing king and fellow-Texan Tim Cornett in the Rebel backfield ... A three-star recruit according to Scout.com, which listed him as the No. 87 RB recruit in the nation ... Ranked the No. 122 RB by 247Sports.com ... Last name is pronounced "WHITE-lee."
2013: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 13 games ... Appeared in the backfield and also was a big part of the squad's return game ... Rushed 10 times for a net of 56 yards and a long of 15 ... Served as team's primary punt returner and handled 15 attempts for 43 yards (2.9) with a long of 14 ... Also tied for the team lead in kickoff return attempts, taking 18 back for 407 yards (22.6) with a long of 46.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at La Porte HS near Houston for coach Jeff LaReau ... A highly decorated student-athlete who helped his team to back-to-back 21-5A titles while playing RB, safety and KR ... Named 2012 District MVP as a senior after rushing for 1,347 yards and nine touchdowns ... Preseason All-Greater Houston Second Team selection by the Chronicle after an all-district junior campaign that included 1,400 rushing yards and 13 scores ... A three-sport letterwinner for the Bulldogs having also competed in track and baseball.
PERSONAL: Keith Michael Whitely was born April 25, 1995 ... The son of Keith and Michelle Whitely ... Father, Keith, lettered at the University of Houston and served as his son's position coach in high school ... His uncle, Antonio Armstrong, was a four-year letterman as a LB for Texas A&M (1991-94) before moving on to the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers ... Majoring in kinesiological sciences.