Rogers Rallies Rebels Past Lobos In Thriller|
Nov. 17, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV (5-6/4-3) football team won a third straight conference game for the first time since 1994 with a thrilling, come-from-behind 38-35 victory at New Mexico (3-8/1-5) Saturday night at Dreamstyle Stadium.
After the Lobos took their first lead of the second half with 1:11 left, the Rebels sprinted 77 yards in five plays, highlighted by Darren Woods Jr.'s 50-yard catch-and-run to set up the game-winner. Rogers also converted a two-point conversion to Keys to earn the three-point margin.
UNLV's Javin White then picked off the Lobos' final pass attempt to secure the victory in what was the team's first interception in 29 quarters of play dating back to Oct. 7 vs. San Jose State.
Rogers accounted for 404 yards of total offense, running for 193 and passing for 211. He was just one of five players in the game to rush for more than 100 yards as UNM had three pass the century mark and Lexington Thomas netted 127 with two touchdowns on just 18 carries for the visitors.
With its fifth win, UNLV has now won more games than the previous season for three straight years for the first time in school history and can become eligible for a bowl with a victory next week vs. in-state rival Nevada, Reno.
THE TURNING POINT:
Trailing by four points with under minute left, UNLV was sitting on its own 36-yard line when Rogers threw it on a dime to Darren Woods Jr. who then carried defenders down field for additional yardage and set his team up at the UNM 14. The Rebels scored the game-winner on the very next play.
PLAY OF THE GAME:
Quarterback Armani Rogers turned a second-quarter run up the middle into an 83-yard scoring jaunt, which tied for the seventh longest rush in school history and gave his team a 24-14 lead at halftime.
STAT OF THE GAME:
Despite rushing for 482 yards, New Mexico did not complete a pass on four attempts and became the second team in history to record zero passing yards in a game vs. UNLV. Louisiana Lafayette was the first to do it in 1985.
REBEL OF THE GAME:
Quarterback Armani Rogers' 193 net yards rushing were the most ever by a UNLV quarterback in one game, breaking the 165 that Hunkie Cooper finished with vs. Oregon State in 1991. Rogers rushed for a score and threw the game-winner.
"You've got a minute left and your down and it doesn't look real hopeful, but I'll tell you what -- I'm so proud of our guys, they just kept fighting. Armani really struggled throwing the football tonight, he overthrew so many open guys, but when it mattered at the end he stayed calm and collected. They stayed in cover one and gave us some opportunities there and he made three great throws in a row." -- Head Coach Tony Sanchez
-UNLV, playing at UNM for the first time since 2013, took an 11-10 lead in the all-time series and improved to 6-7 in Albuquerque
-The game was the first of the season in the FBS that featured two 100-yard rushers on each team and UNM even got to a third
-Freshman Armani Rogers made his first eighth start at quarterback but his first since Oct. 21 when he was knocked out with an injury
-Lexington Thomas scored a touchdown in the 10th different game of the year and his two scores vs. the Lobos gave him 17 rushing touchdowns this season, tying Mike Thomas (1974) for second in UNLV single-season history
-Thomas posted his 12th career 100-yard rushing game, which is third all-time at UNLV
-Darren Woods recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game with 114 yards on just four grabs
-UNLV only had one penalty accepted for just five yards -- a delay of game infraction in the fourth quarter
NEXT FOR THE REBELS:
UNLV will look to gain bowl eligibility Nov. 25 when it travels north to take on in-state rival Nevada, Reno for the annual Battle for the Fremont Cannon, which is part of the Governor's Series sponsored by NV Energy and Barrick Gold. Kickoff is set for noon on AT&T Sports Network.