UNLV-BYU Postgame Notes
Oct. 26, 2008
-Two UNLV players out of Las Vegas made their first career starts against BYU. Senior linebacker Rusty Worthen was in place of banged up regular starter Ronnie Paulo and true freshman Chris Jones lined up at a safety spot usually filled by Daryl Forte.
-Casey Flair's first-down catch in the first quarter extended the senior's school record of posting at least one reception in consecutive games to 43, which ranks second in the nation behind only Rice's Jarett Dillard of Rice (44).
-Frank Summers' two first-half rushing touchdowns marked the senior's sixth and seventh of the season, which bested his total from all of last year (six). The Tank now has a combined 18 touchdowns (13 rushing and five receiving) in only 20 career games at UNLV.
-BYU bested UNLV 14-7 in the first quarter but the Rebels still have outscored their opponents 66-34 on the year in the opening period.
-UNLV starting quarterback Omar Clayton was hit late and knocked out of the game on his team's second drive, leading to backup Mike Clausen getting his first career score on a one-yard QB keeper to tie the game at 14. Clayton was 9-11 passing for 97 yards when he absorbed the roughing call. He missed the end of that series and the next series before returning. He left the game again in the third quarter, which led to Clausen getting his second rushing TD, this time from two yards out.
-Punting out of his own end zone, Dack Ishii's punt was blocked, which marked the first time that a Rebel punt was blocked since 2006.
-Senior Casey Flair became UNLV's all-time leading receiver in the second quarter when he hauled in an Omar Clayton pass for 24 yards down to the one-yard line, which set up a game-tying Rebel TD. His fourth catch of the day was the 188th of his time at UNLV, which bested Damon Williams' 187 compiled in 1995-98. Flair finished with eight catches to put him at 192 with four games remaining.
-Ryan Wolfe finished with 136 yards on 10 catches, which marked his third 100-yard receiving game this season and eighth of his career. That tied him with three other players for the most in school history and ranks fourth in Mountain West Conference history. Wolfe, who reached at least 10 catches in a game for the second time this season and the fourth time in his career, is the only man in school history to have more than two double-digit receptions games.
-Wolfe also moved up two spots on the UNLV career receiving yards list. His 136 yards gave him 2,407, which places him fourth all-time at the school.