UNLV-BYU Post-Game Quotes
Oct. 10, 2009
UNLV Post-Game Notes
BYU improved to 8-0 all-time vs. UNLV in Las Vegas and the Cougars now lead the all-time series 14-3, including five straight.
UNLV fell to 3-8 in MWC home openers and 5-24 all-time vs. ranked opponents, including 1-13 at home.
UNLV sophomore Deante' Purvis' 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the first time that the Rebels returned a kickoff for a score since Lenny Ware returned one 97 yards against Utah on Sept. 25, 1999. Purvis' jaunt was also the third-longest kickoff return in school history.
UNLV senior wide receiver Ryan Wolfe caught eight passes to move into second place on the Mountain West Conference career receptions list, giving him 253 in his career and passing Jovon Bouknight of Wyoming (2002-05). Wolfe needs 10 more to pass J.R. Tolver of San Diego State (1999-2002) and become the league's all-time reception leader.
UNLV junior QB Omar Clayton connected with sophomore WR Michael Johnson for a 75-yard TD in the third quarter, marking the longest pass by a Rebel since Shane Steichen hit Ryan Wolfe for a 75-yard score vs. New Mexico on Oct. 14, 2006. The pass was the longest of Clayton's career and the first touchdown for Johnson in his career.
The TD pass by Clayton marked his 14th consecutive game with a scoring pass, which tied him with Utah's Brian Johnson (2007-09) for the second-longest such streak in MWC history. The league record is 15 by BYU quarterback John Beck in 2005-06.
Johnson finished the game with a career-high six catches for 113 yards, the first time in his career that the wideout reached the century mark in a game. He became the third Rebel this season to have a 100-yard game, joining Ryan Wolfe and Phillip Payne, who had one apiece.
UNLV senior wide receiver Rodelin Anthony's four-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter was his fourth of the season, which set a career high. Despite missing the previous two games due to a concussion, his four TD catches this year lead the team. The Florida native now has 12 receiving scores in his career.
Sophomore safety Chris Jones turned in a career-high and game-high 10 total tackles.
Senior PK Kyle Watson continued his school-record streak of successful extra points. The former transfer from Texas Southern has never missed as a Rebel, hitting 22-22 this fall and all 59 of his career, which ranks fourth in MWC history. He also punted five times for a 44-yard average.