Rebels Chopped Down By Lumberjacks
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com)- For the second consecutive week, the UNLV Rebels (0-2) lost a second-half lead as Northern Arizona (1-1) defeat UNLV 17-14 Saturday night.
The result came down to a NAU field goal with 12 seconds left. The Lumberjacks’ Andy Wilder nailed a 30-yarder that sealed the Rebels’ fate.
Despite the final score, UNLV got off to a good start. Its first score came on the opening drive as junior running back Tim Cornett broke a 42-yard run for a touchdown. Cornett went on to finish with a career high 141 yards on 25 carries.
UNLV took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter when junior running back Bradley Randle punched in a one-yard touchdown after a 17-play drive.
The Rebels took their two touchdown lead into the half when junior college transfer Mark Garrick blocked a NAU field goal attempt from 34 yards out. It was the first time since 2008 that UNLV had shut out an opponent in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Rebels’ opening drive stalled, which resulted in a punt that NAU took back for a 75-yard touchdown and changed the complexion of the game
UNLV had a chance to make it a two score game again, but a 30-yard Nolan Kohorst field goal attempt hit the right upright. The Lumberjacks tied the game on the following possession, marching 80 yards on 15 plays.
The Rebels will continue to look for their first win of the 2012 campaign next Friday as they host the Washington State Cougars. The game will be at Sam Boyd Stadium and kick off at 6 p.m. PT.