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Herring Leads Rebels Over San Diego State 45-19

Caleb Herring delivers a pass.

Caleb Herring delivers a pass.

Nov. 30, 2013

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By Jesse Granger
Special to UNLVRebels.com

Caleb Herring threw five touchdowns and ran for another in UNLV's 45-19 dominating win over San Diego State Saturday night.

Herring finished his final game at Sam Boyd Stadium 20-of-30 for 270 yards, with 66 more yards on the ground.

UNLV fell behind only 41 seconds into the game when San Diego State connected on a 39-yard pass from Quinn Kaehler to Colin Lockett resulting from a double-reverse flea-flicker.

"We kind of thought something would be up with them," Bobby Hauck said. "Not a very good start, but after that the defense was just nails."

The defense held San Diego State, who entered the game averaging 166.3 rushing yards per game, to only 88 rushing yards.

The Aztec's 1,000 yard rusher, Adam Muema, was held to only 19 yards on 12 carries.

UNLV went on to score 31 unanswered points through the 11:36 mark of the third quarter, seized control of the game and cruised to the win.

The Rebels (7-5, 5-3 Mountain West) outgained San Diego State 402-327, while their 45 points was their second biggest output of the season. UNLV was a perfect 6-0 this season when scoring 30 or more points.

"This is a pretty good exclamation point," Hauck said, "this was kind of a dominating win."
Herring's five touchdown passes were not only a career-high, but also tied a school record for most in a single game.

"Herring is a shining example to kids around the country, especially at his position," Hauck said. "The jump in his level of play from last year to this year, speaks volumes about his work ethic and determination."

Herring's No. 1 target on the night, Devante Davis, finished with eight receptions for 171 yards and four touchdowns. Herring also connected with Marcus Sullivan on a 32-yard TD strike.
Davis' career-high four touchdown receptions tied him for the most in a single game in UNLV history, while his 14 touchdowns in 2013 set a new single-season record for the Rebels.

"Davis is emerging into a big time player, and a go-to guy," said Hauck. "I really think the sky is the limit for Devante."
Much like throughout the season, Herring was able to complete passes to Davis even through tight coverage.

"There's matchup advantages with a guy his size, his speed and his jumping ability," said Herring. "He'll go up and do whatever it takes to come down with it, and make me right even if I'm wrong."
Placekicker Nolan Kohorst kicked six extra points and one field goal and became UNLV's all-time leading scorer with 245 career points.

The Rebels are one of seven Mountain West Conference schools to become bowl eligible this season.
The victory marks UNLV's first seven-win season since 2000, when the Rebels were 8-5 under former head coach John Robinson. That was the last time the Rebels appeared in a bowl game.

The seven wins are also more than UNLV coach Bobby Hauck won over his first three years combined with the Rebels, who won two games in each of the past three seasons. The victory gave the Rebels five Mountain West Conference wins for the first time ever.

Most importantly, the seven wins were key to UNLV's chances of making a bowl. Hauck gave his final sales pitch in the postgame press conference.

"We are a good team and we're fun to watch, and we're going to be an enjoyable group to have at your bowl game."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


 

 

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