Rebels Fall At Home On Emotional Saturday Night|
Oct. 7, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Bringing the community of Las Vegas together for a large public gathering for the first time since Sunday's tragedy on The Strip, the UNLV (2-3/1-1) football team lost its fourth straight meeting with 19th-ranked San Diego State (6-0/2-0), this time 41-10 on an emotional Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.
SDSU running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Rashaad Penny finished with 170 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries to lead the Aztec attack on the ground while Mikah Holder grabbed nine passes for 144 yards through the air for the visitors.
UNLV climbed to within seven at 17-10 in the second quarter but SDSU scored the final 24 points to win going away.
UNLV trailed just 20-10 at halftime and received the opening kickoff. The Rebels threatened to get closer by driving down to the SDSU 31-yard line but then a penalty and quarterback sack pushed them far enough back that they had to punt the ball away. The Aztecs then quickly drove 80 yards for a touchdown that put them in control.
STAT OF THE GAME:
UNLV came in ranked sixth nationally with 305.5 rushing yards per game but was limited to just 106 net yards on the ground by the Aztecs.
REBEL OF THE GAME:
UNLV sophomore receiver Brandon Presley caught three passes for a career-high 77 yards, including a 54-yarder.
"Obviously, an extremely disappointing outcome to the game. San Diego State is a good football team, but we had plenty of opportunities. Going to into half when you're only down by 10 points, you get the ball coming out of the half, we had to points on the board, we had great opportunities, but that didn't occur." -- Head Coach Tony Sanchez
-Pregame ceremonies included honoring victims of Sunday's tragedy and thanking those who helped others as part of Appreciation of Heroes Night
-A giant American flag, brought to town courtesy of the Las Vegas Bowl and Holiday Bowl, was unfurled using hundreds of volunteers made up of UNLV student-athletes and military personnel from Nellis Air Force Base
-Both teams walked onto the field pregame interspersed with Las Vegas community first responders and medical professionals. 58 white balloons were released in honor of the 58 souls lost Sunday
-San Diego State was the first ranked MW team to play UNLV at Sam Boyd Stadium since No. 5/5 Boise State in 2011
-The game was televised by ESPN2. UNLV appeared on either ESPN/ESPN2 at home for the first time since 2012 and played on ESPN/ESPN2 on a Saturday for the first time since 200
-Junior receiver Kendal Keys scored his ninth career touchdown but his first since 2015 with a pretty six-yard hookup with Armani Rogers for UNLV's lone touchdown on the night. Keys missed the entire 2016 season with an injury
NEXT FOR THE REBELS:
UNLV hits the road for its first away game in MW play when it faces Air Force Saturday at 11 a.m. PT. The game will be televised by AT&T Sportsnet.