Sneed Shines In UNLV Victory|
Oct. 2, 2016
Special to UNLVRebels.com
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Freshman quarterback Dalton Sneed impressed in his first career start, rushing for 147 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown to lead UNLV to a 45-20 homecoming game victory over Fresno State on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium to snap a three-game losing streak.
"It's been a tough couple of weeks," UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez said. "It's great to see them be able to celebrate all the hard work they've put in."
The Rebels (2-3, 1-0 Mountain West) rushed for 364 yards as a team and featured two 100-yard rushers for the second consecutive week. Freshman running back Charles Williams notched his first career 100-yard rushing game, gaining 153 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown to complement Sneed's 147-yard rushing performance.
"We've got a lot of young guys doing special things," Sanchez said.
The Rebels got on the scoreboard first when sophomore running back Lexington Thomas scored on a one-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs (1-4, 0-1 Mountain West) leveled the game on the next possession.
Williams scored his lone touchdown of the game, rushing five yards to put UNLV ahead 14-7. The Rebels extended their lead after Sneed found a wide-open Elijah Trosclair for a 61-yard touchdown pass -- the first for both players.
Fresno State cut the lead to 21-10 after a 42-yard field goal. On the ensuing drive, Sneed set a new UNLV record by avoiding a safety and scampering 91 yards for a score.
The play was the longest scoring play in school history.
"As soon as I saw that black paint in the end zone, I thought, `I need to get out and get to the sideline," Sneed said. "I got out and got a few good blocks and just turned on the jets and got six."
UNLV added a field goal late in the third quarter, extending its lead to 31-10. The Bulldogs scored the next 10 point, cutting the Rebel lead to 11. The Rebels closed out the game with a pair of David Greene touchdowns.
Sneed also threw for 129 yards on 8-of-16 passing with one touchdown.
UNLV travels to San Diego State next Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs won last year's meeting 52-14.