Oct. 30, 2016
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Special to UNLV Athletics
By Paul Delos Santos
SAN JOSE, Calif. - UNLV's late rally fell short in its 30-24 loss to San Jose State on Saturday at CEFCU Stadium. The Rebels fell to 3-6 and 2-3 in Mountain West play.
Quarterback Kurt Palandech, who came in for starter Dalton Sneed midway through the second quarter, completed 10-for-20 passing for 161 yards and a touchdown. Palandech also rushed for 44 yards on six carries with one touchdown.
Devonte Boyd posted a 100-yard performance, grabbing six passes for 136 yards.
Charles Williams led the way on the ground, rushing for 141 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown.
The Spartans took the lead first with a 33-yard field goal. On the ensuing drive, UNLV responded when Williams ran 75 yards for the score.
San Jose State took control of the contest shortly after, scoring the next 21 points to take a 24-7 lead. UNLV's Evan Pantels cut into the lead with a 37-yard field, but the Spartans added another field goal to enter the half up 27-10.
The Spartans kicked their third field goal of the night to start the second half, pushing their lead to 30-10.
The Rebels offense came to life in the later part of the third quarter, when Palandech found Andrew Price for a 2-yard touchdown pass.
UNLV got within one score deep in the fourth quarter, when Palandech ran 16 yards to cut the lead down to six (30-24).
The Rebels got one last opportunity to take the lead, but the rally came to an end when Palandech threw his lone interception of the game.
UNLV will have its bye week before returning to the field Nov. 12 for an afternoon tilt with Wyoming (6-2, 4-0 Mountain West). Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium.