Utah State Knocks Out Rogers, Rallies Past Rebels|
Oct. 21, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV (2-5/1-3) rushed for 300 yards in the first half alone but lost starting quarterback Armani Rogers to an injury in the second quarter and could not avoid losing its third straight game, 52-28 to Utah State (4-4/2-2) Saturday afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Behind the impressive running of Rogers and tailback Lexington Thomas, the Rebels built early leads of 21-7 and then 28-14 but saw the Aggies tie it by halftime after Rogers was knocked out of action, ultimately scoring the final 38 points of the game. The standout freshman quarterback had 75 yards rushing on 10 carries, including two touchdowns, when he left the game for good. Senior Kurt Palandech, who has started six games behind center as a Rebel, came off the bench to rush for 53 yards of his own but passed for just 48 while throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble.
THE TURNING POINT:
UNLV led 28-21 and was moving the ball up and down the field when Rogers was injured on a pass attempt with just over five minutes left in the second quarter. USU reeled off the next 31 points and 38 straight overall.
STAT OF THE GAME:
UNLV rushed for a season-high 375 yards in the game but only 75 of those came after halftime.
REBEL OF THE GAME:
Lexington Thomas finished with 161 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. He also caught two passes for seven yards.
"When you win the time of possession like that (11 minutes) and run the ball for 300 yards in the first half, you've got to be able to show more from it going into half time."
-Making just his 15th career start, junior Lexington Thomas posted his 11th career 100-yard rushing game, which tied him with Dominique Dorsey for third in school history. The school record is 17 set by two-time All-American Mike Thomas in 1973-74.
-Thomas scored two rushing touchdowns, giving him 12 on the year, which ranks fourth in Rebel single-season history. Lightning scored at least two rushing TDs in five of the first seven games of the season
-UNLV senior receiver Devonte Boyd failed to record at least one reception for just the second time in his career
-Kurt Palandech's 53 yards rushing in relief of Armani Rogers gave him 728 yards in his career, which ranks third in school history by a quarterback
-UNLV senior linebacker Brian Keyes, who led all tacklers with 14, recovered two fumbles in the first half to give him three on the season
-UNLV reserve quarterback Johnny Stanton, who has been seeing time on special teams and defense, finished with six total tackles
-UNLV and Utah State faced each other for the first time since 2014 and the Aggies downed the Rebels for the fourth straight time
-The Rebels lost their Homecoming game for the first time since 2013