Kohorst Kicks Rebels To Victory Over Hawai'i
Oct. 13, 2013
By W.G. Ramirez
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com)-
UNLV senior placekicker Nolan Kohorst kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to give the Rebels a 39-37 win over Hawaii Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.
It was the Green Valley High School-graduate's first career game-winning field goal.
"I didn't even know how far it was; I just went out and kicked it," Kohorst said. "I had faith in my snapper, had great blocking up front, a great hold by Caleb."
With 1:39 remaining, UNLV (4-2, 2-0 Mountain West) started on its own 26-yard line and drove 51 yards in 12 plays to get Kohorst in position to win the game with 5 seconds left on the clock.
Hawaii helped on the final drive. On third and 10 at the UNLV 45, the Rebels were held to a three-yard gain, but Trayvon Henderson was flagged for a facemask penalty to give UNLV a first down at the Hawaii 37.
Kohorst was swarmed by his teammates, while most of the 22,755 in attendance went crazy as the Rebels won a fourth consecutive game for the first time since 2000. They've also won three straight and five of six at home against the Warriors (0-6, 0-4).
"I've never hit a game winner, so I didn't know what to do," Kohorst said. "I just ran one way, and my teammates ran toward me and found me."
UNLV came close to giving the game away, as the Warriors scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take a one-point lead.
Trailing 36-17, the Warriors scored three consecutive touchdowns, including a 44-yard strike from Sean Schroeder to Chris Gant with 1:44 left in the game.
"We had a lot of chances to make plays on both sides of the ball, and the kicking game ... and we didn't do it," coach Bobby Hauck said. "The one thing we do take from the game is we're a united football team and we know how to win games."
Herring, the nation's leading pass-percentage quarterback, broke UNLV's record of consecutive pass attempts without an interception (183) -- while tying the Mountain West mark -- before throwing his first pick of the season on the last play of the first half.
The Rebels broke the Mountain West record with 114 offensive plays.
Hauck wasn't shy with the confidence in his team in the first quarter, twice going for it on fourth down, and failing both times. On their first possession of the game, the Rebels drove to Hawaii's 2-yard line in 11 plays and Herring failed to punch it in on 4th-and-goal when he was sacked for a loss of eight yards.
"I don't necessarily like field goaling it inside the two," Hauck said. "No one likes a coward; no one likes an idiot either."
Nonetheless, after UNLV's defense stopped the Warriors on their next drive, it drove into their red zone and failed to convert a 4th-and-1 from Hawaii's 18 to turn it over on downs a second consecutive time.
"We were moving the ball down the field well, and I just felt good about our chances," Hauck said.
The Warriors opened the scoring when Tyler Hadden drilled a 31-yard field goal at the 12:46 mark of the second quarter. UNLV answered on its next two drives with a pair of Nolan Kohorst field goals to take a 6-3 lead. The teams exchanged touchdowns over the next three possessions -- Hawaii scoring twice and UNLV once -- as the Warriors took a 17-13 lead into halftime.