UNLV vs. Colorado State Post-Game Notes
Oct. 20, 2007
COLORADO STATE at UNLV GAME NOTES
Oct. 20, 2007
-CSU broke a 13-game losing streak with the 48-23 win. The Rebels were also the last team the Rams defeated before the skid. CSU improved to 6-0-1 all-time vs. UNLV at Sam Boyd Stadium.
-The game was played in extreme winds, including gusts traveling up to 55 miles per hour and blowing dust, debris, punts and kickoffs around Sam Boyd Stadium.
-UNLV true freshman Omar Clayton started his first career game at quarterback.
-Redshirt freshman Travis Dixon started the first seven games of the season.
-Clayton fumbled the ball away on both of his first two series but on his third, he ran for a 52-yard gain, which was the longest rush this season for the Rebels. Clayton also threw his first career interception on a tipped attempt to Ryan Wolfe in the second quarter that was returned 30 yards for a CSU TD. Clayton would give up another pick-six in the four quarter that went 99 yards.
-When CSU PK Jason Smith missed a 42-yard field goal attempt, it marked the first time this season that a UNLV opponent missed a field goal after a 7-7 start.
-Casey Flair caught a pass in the first quarter, which extended his streak to 31 games (every game of his career).
-When the Rams opened the scoring on a long TD run, it marked only the second time in eight games this fall that UNLV did not score first. CSU led 7-3 after the first, which marked only the third time all season that UNLV was outscored in the opening period (Air Force, UNR).
-UNLV head coach Mike Sanford challenged an officials' call for the first time this season and an apparent fumble was overturned and UNLV instead earned a first down. Sanford has now had three of his 10 career challenges be overturned.
-UNLV had five turnovers overall, including four in the first half alone along with a kickoff that was held up by the wind and recovered by CSU. The Rebels had more than one turnover in only one other game this fall (3 in a win over Utah). The last time UNLV lost at least five turnovers was Game Seven of 2006 when it coughed the ball up six times at BYU.
-Clayton became the sixth UNLV quarterback in history and second this year to run for at least 100 yards in a game. Clayton finished with 135 on 19 carries. The total was the second-most ever by a Rebel signal caller
Of the six, Clayton is the third to do it in his first star at QB, joining Jason Thomas who ran for 107 on 21 attempts at Iowa State in 2000 and Travis Dixon, who ran for 129 on 22 carries in the 2007 season opener at Utah State.
-It marked the fifth time in 2007 that UNLV had a 100-yard rusher (three by Frank Summers and two by the quarterbacks), which is the most in a season by the Rebels since Dominique Dorsey ran for six himself in 2004.
-Clayton's 56-yard touchdown pass and run to Frank Summers in the third quarter was the longest play from scrimmage for the Rebels this season.
-Summers also added a six-yard touchdown rush. The JC transfer now has nine scores on the season (six rushing, three receiving), which already exceeds last year's leader (RB David Peeples, who had seven, all coming via the ground).
-Clayton became the first player in UNLV history to pass for at least 300 yards (304) and rush for at least 100 yards (135) in the same game.
-UNLV senior LB Beau Bell finished with 10 total tackles, which moved him from 11the place all the way to sixth all-time at the school with 278. He needs just two more to move into the school's career top five.
-UNLV finished with 559 yards of total offense, which was the most for the program since ringing up 575 in a win at Colorado State in 2002.
-CSU's 99-yard interception return by Zac Bryson tied for the longest-ever vs. UNLV (Paul David of Hawaii did it back in 1969).
-UNLV lost its sixth straight Homecoming game, falling to 21-19 all-time in the traditional event.
-Sophomore WR Ryan Wolfe finished with a career-high 11 receptions for 135 yards. The catch total tied for the fourth most in school history.