Team Red Goes Double OT To Win Spring Showcase
April 20, 2012
Tim Cornett rushed for a 17-yard touchdown in the second overtime to eventually give Team Red a 23-16 victory over Team White at the annual UNLV Spring Showcase at Rebel Park Friday evening.
With a family-friendly crowd of 2,007 braving unseasonable 90-degree April temperatures at the campus event, Cornett was simply outstanding. The rising junior from Texas has a chance to become the first player since Michael Morton in 1979-81 to lead UNLV in rushing for three straight seasons - and played like it - finishing with 109 yards on just eight carries. His overtime gallop bookended the night's scoring as on the third play from scrimmage, Cornett dashed 57 yards for the opening points.
After Cornett's score in the second overtime, the Team Red defense held Team White on downs to finish it. The only other touchdown of the day was a one-yard run by rising senior Imari Thompson that gave Team White a 13-10 lead.
Also turning heads was both of UNLV's place-kickers. Rising senior Chase Lansford, who took over the team's punting duties a year ago after transferring in from junior college, made all three of his attempts (41, 39 and 23 yards). Las Vegas native Nolan Kohorst, who has been UNLV's starting kicker for the past two years, matched the output with his own trio of field goals (45, 44 and 42 yards). Each kicker made one attempt in the first overtime period to extend the game.
Redshirt freshman Nick Sherry looked sharp leading Team Red at quarterback, completing 5-of-7 attempts for 50 yards and no turnovers. Incumbent starter Caleb Herring completed 5-of-12 attempts, also for 50 yards, for Team White.
Defensively, defensive back Kenny Keys led Team Red with five tackles (all solo) and the winning side also got sacks from defensive linemen Jordan Sparkman and Trent Allmang-Wilder. Team White was led by linebacker Princeton Jackson's six total takedowns, which included a sack. Linemen Tyler Gaston and Parker Holloway also recorded sacks while DB Kenneth Penny turned in the only interception of the game, picking off Sean Reilly and returning it 41 yards.
The Spring Showcase signaled the official end of the 15-pratice session for the Rebels.
"I thought in general, it was really good today," said head coach Bobby Hauck. "The downhill run stuff was good. The play-action stuff was good on offense. I thought the defense tackled real well. I thought the kickers hit the ball great. That's really on the plus side. We have some things to work on, on both sides of the ball, but there are certainly some things to build on."
Hauck said he is looking forward to UNLV opening its 45th season of football on August 30 when it hosts Minnesota in the first of four home games.
"Obviously I hope we are getting better, we are out here working awful hard. This team likes to play. I think we will keep working that way and from there we can't help but get better. We will be very competitive and very physical."
2012 UNLV FOOTBALL SPRING SHOWCASE