Football Stuns First-Place Fresno State|
Oct. 28, 2017
FRESNO, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - A banged up UNLV (3-5/2-3) shocked first-place Fresno State (5-3/4-1) 26-16 Saturday night to mark its first win over the Bulldogs on the road since 1983.
The Rebels, who snapped a three-game losing streak, were without three starters – two on defense -- because of injuries. That trio included starting quarterback Armani Rogers, who was knocked out of last week’s game vs. Utah State. Senior Johnny Stanton – who played the last two weeks at linebacker and on special teams -- made his first start at QB since Sept. 24, 2016, and engineered an efficient offensive effort. The UNLV defense also came up big, holding FS to just seven second-half points as the Rebels dominated the time of possession.
Walk-on Daniel Gutierrez went three for three on field goal attempts in the first half to tie the game at 9 at halftime, the second straight week that the Rebels were knotted at the break. The freshman also made his fourth three-pointer in the second half en route to scoring 14 total points.
Tied at 16, UNLV converted the only turnover of the game, a fumbled punt return, into the game-winning touchdown in the third quarter and did not allow any more points from the heavily favored Bulldogs.
THE TURNING POINT:
Fresno State led 9-6 and was driving in UNLV territory in the second quarter when Jameer Outsey posted the only sack of the game. The eight-yard loss eventually forced the Bulldogs to punt instead of adding to their lead. The Rebels instead took the ball and went on a 16-play, 74-yard drive that resulted in a game-tying field goal and effectively ran out the clock in the half.
STAT OF THE GAME:
Fresno State had not allowed a touchdown in a nation-leading 11 consecutive quarters when the Rebels found the end zone in the third (and then fourth) quarter(s).
REBEL OF THE GAME:
Johnny Stanton had not taken a snap as a quarterback in a game in more than a year and proceeded to lead UNLV to one of its biggest road wins in years, completing 17 of 29 attempts for 155 yards, rushing for 38 net yards and a score without committing a turnover or being sacked.
“Even with the tough stuff we've gone through you see (the players) show up every week and play a great first half tonight. This time we put it together, we really challenged the guys, we said we're going to play a good second half. It's really about that last 10 minutes, that's where you win football games and our guys did that. The ball bounced our way a couple of times, sometimes it happens and tonight it did and we took advantage." -UNLV Head Coach Tony Sanchez
-Johnny Stanton made his fifth career start at quarterback for the Rebels. He did not look rusty, however, completing 8 of his first 10 pass attempts and running for his first touchdown since the second game of the 2016 season at UCLA
-Stanton’s rushing TD snapped a 13-quarter streak in the second half of games without a touchdown by the Rebels. UNLV had only one field goal in the previous three games after the break
-Lexington Thomas scored a rushing touchdown giving him 13 on the year and tying him for fourth all-time at UNLV with 24
-Just one week after getting shut out in the catch department, UNLV senior receiver Devonte Boyd led the team with five for 62 yards. He moved from fifth to third on the school’s career receptions list with 189
-UNLV junior DE Jameer Outsey posted a quarterback sack for the second consecutive game. It marked just the seventh of the season for the Rebels
-This marked the eighth consecutive meeting between the teams that took place in the month of October
-UNLV’s most recent win at Bulldog Stadium came in the 1984 California Bowl when Randall Cunningham’s Rebels downed Toledo
NEXT FOR THE REBELS:
UNLV hosts Hawai’i on Saturday (Nov. 4) at 3 p.m.