Records Fall In Football's Win Over Idaho|
Sept. 9, 2017
MOSCOW, Idaho (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV (1-1) football team won its first road game against a non-conference opponent in nine years while earning its first victory of the season in sprinting past Idaho (1-1) 44-16 Saturday inside the Kibbie Dome.
Junior tailback Lexington Thomas, who started in place of injured Charles Williams, was electric while rushing for a career-high 190 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries. UNLV's defense bounced back in a big way from last week/s loss, holding the Vandals to just three scores in their home building. Linebacker Bailey Laolagi led the unit with 13 total tackles while Gabe McCoy added 10 takedowns.
THE TURNING POINT:
UNLV led 10-3 after a hard-fought first half but took the opening kickoff right down field for a critical touchdown thanks to a 60-yard spurt by Lexington Thomas. That keyed a 17-point outburst by the visitors in the first seven minutes after the break.
PLAY OF THE GAME:
Freshman quarterback Armani Rogers hit senior receiver Devonte Boyd in stride and the duo came away with the longest offensive play in UNLV history in the fourth quarter. The 94-yard pass beat the school's passing record by a full seven yards and gave Boyd his second 100-yard game of the year and a school-record 13th during his career.
STAT OF THE GAME:
Junior Lexington Thomas posted the ninth career 100-yard rushing game in just his 10th career start. Lex moved into a tie for sixth place on the UNLV all-time list of century mark games
REBEL OF THE GAME: Who else? Junior running back Lexington Thomas rolled for a career-high 190 yards that included second-half scoring runs of 60- and then 62-yards in the third quarter.
"We have a great group of kids in that locker room that have worked extremely hard for years building this program and we took a hell of a blow last week and it was hard getting out of bed last week. The way our kids showed up, the way they believe in themselves, they just went right back to work. They didn't make excuses, they didn't listen to the noise, they went back to work. It wasn't clean right away today, there were some bumps coming on out and they kept it close, but the guys were resilient, they stayed positive and they kept executing and were able to pull away. It's all about the boys -- they did a great job today."
-- Head Coach Tony Sanchez
See full post game comments here:
-UNLV traveled to play Idaho for only the third time in history (1977, 2010)
-The Rebels won a game in the state of Idaho for the first time since downing the Vandals in 1977
-UNLV avenged last year's 33-30 overtime loss at home to the Vandals and evened the all-time series between the schools at 4-4
-Lexington Thomas now has four touchdown runs 55 yards or longer in the last 12 games dating back to last year
-Syracuse transfer Chauncey Scissum hauled in his first interception as a Rebel
-The previous longest passing play in UNLV history was vs. NAU in 1977 when Carlton Kelly hit Henry Vereen for an 87-yarder. The previous longest offensive play from scrimmage was set just last year when quarterback Dalton Sneed ran for a 91-yard touchdown vs. Fresno State
-Prior to Saturday, UNLV's most recent road win over a non-conference opponent was at No. 13 Arizona State in 2008
-Devonte Boyd's big play not only pushed him over 100 yards for the day but also moved him into second place on UNLV's career receiving yards list with 2,838. He needs 657 yards to catch all-time leader Ryan Wolfe (2006-09)
-Junior kicker Evan Pantels made three field goals en route to scoring 14 points overall just one week after setting the school record with 16 against Howard
NEXT FOR THE REBELS:
UNLV heads into its only bye week of 2017 before a second straight road trip, this time to Ohio State September 23.