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TOUGH ENDING: After fighting back to take its first lead with a little more than four minutes remaining, UNLV could not hold on and No. 24 Oregon State hit a field goal with seven seconds left for a 23-21 win.
Head to the recap for post-game quotes, notes, highlights and the post-game press conference.
UNLV will be back at home next Saturday, hosting Hawaii at Sam Boyd Stadium in a game that is scheduled to start at 8:05 p.m. (PT).
FADE AND THE LEAD: Breaking it out for the first time in 2009, Mike Clausen found Phillip Payne in the back of the end zone on, what else, a fade route, giving the Rebels a 21-20 lead with 4:16 remaining in the fourth.
The 10-yard fade capped a 51-yard drive by the Rebels that was the result of the UNLV defense holding the Beavers on fourth-and-one, with Sean Canfield being stopped for no gain on a QB sneak.
Since subbing for an injured Omar Clayton in the third quarter, Clausen is 6-of-8 for 58 yards and two scores.
Clausen was in the game due to Rebel starting QB Omar Clayton nursing a sore knee, which forced him to the bench.
OFFENSE SHOWING UP IN THIRD QUARTER:The third quarter has seen the offense that many expected in the first half, and Jacquizz Rodgers is establishing himself in the third quarter.
Rodgers has 148 yards on 17 carries and also five catches for 33 yards to lead the OSU offense, and his brother, James Rodgers, just hauled in a four-yard TD pass to make it 20-7 at the 7:17 mark of the third quarter.
REBELS ANSWER:It didn't long for the Rebels to answer, beginning with a 64-yard kickoff return by Deante' Purvis, giving his team great field position.
Five plays later Omar Clayton hooked up with Rodelin Anthony for a 19-yard TD reception, cutting the lead to 14-7. It gave Clayton a TD pass for the 11th straight game, moving him into a tie for third place on the MWC record list for consecutive games with a TD pass.
GLOVE IN THE PRESS BOX:Oregon State alum, NBA All-Star and Las Vegas resident Gary Payton was just in the Sam Boyd press box, watching as Jacquizz Rodgers capped an OSU scoring drive with a two-yard TD.
The one-yard TD was the finishing touch of a five-play, 60-yard drive to open the second half, giving the Beavers a 13-0 lead. After the Rebels kicked the ball out of bounds, Rodgers ripped of a 45-yard run down the right sideline to move the ball to the 15, and five players later, he was in the end zone.
AT THE HALF:Oregon State leads at the half, 6-0, on a one-yard TD pass from Sean Canfield to Brady Camp, but the Beavers missed the extra point.
At the break Omar Clayton is 12-17 for 120 yards and one interception, and his favorite receiver has been Ryan Wolfe, who has hauled in six passes for 83 yards, both game highs. Channing Trotter has 23 yards rushing on eight carries.
For OSU, Canfield is 10-of-11 for 75 yards and a score, and Jacquizz Rodgers has been featured in the offense, making five catches for 33 yards while rushing 10 times for 35 yards. But the speedy play-maker has not broken off any long runs, as the UNLV defense has done a good job of wrapping him up.
Oregon State will get the ball to start the second half.
DEFENSES SOLID EARLY:In a game many people thought would be high scoring, it has been the play of both defenses that have taken over the game, with neither team being able to mount a serious drive.
OSU's FG attempt was setup by Omar Clayton's first interception of the year, and the teams have combined for seven first downs. UNLV has been able to keep Jacquizz Rodgers contained early, as the shifty back has 20 yards on four carries and four receptions for 22 yards.
HIT OF THE GAME:It may be the first quarter, but UNLV DB Quinton Pointer unloaded on OSU QB Sean Canfield on a corner blitz, and Pointer came in untouched and drilled Canfield. It was a loss of 10 yards and Canfield didn't see Pointer coming, and was lucky that he did not fumble the ball.
The loss proved to be big, as the Beavers would have to attempt a 47-yard FG and kicker Justin Kahut hit the left upright, keeping the game scoreless at the 4:35 mark of the first quarter.
TRADING PUNTS:UNLV and Oregon State exchanged punts to open the game, with the Rebels picking up one first down and the Beavers going three-and-out on their first possession.
UNLV LB Jason Beauchamp was not in the starting lineup and did not play in the first defensive series. It was another Rebel LB, junior Starr Fuimaono, making a big play on third down, tripping up OSU speedster Jacquizz Rodgers for no-gain, forcing the punt.
At the 9:19 mark of the opening quarter UNLV will have the ball for the second time at its own 32.
GOOD SIZED CROWD: With just minutes remaining before kick, Sam Boyd Stadium is starting to fill in, and along with Rebel Red, there is a lot of orange in the stands as Oregon State has brought a lot of fans.
Oregon State won the toss and deferred, and UNLV will receive the opening kick.
UNLV favorite Ellie Smith sang tonight's National Anthem.
No changes to the starting lineup on offense for the Rebels, as Rodelin Anthony is in the starting lineup tonight, showing no lingering effects of a sprained ankle suffered against Sacramento State.
On defense senior linebacker Jason Beauchamp will be a game-time decision, depending on how his injured ankle reacts during team warm-ups.
TWO-PLUS HOURS TO KICK: For just the third time in program history, UNLV will welcome a Pac-10 team to Sam Boyd Stadium, hosting No. 24 Oregon State tonight, with kickoff scheduled for 8:04 p.m. (PT). The Rebels and Beavers meet for the fifth time, with host UNLV leading 3-1, although OSU won the most recent meeting in 2002.
Tickets are still available for tonight's game, and fans can also watch the game on CBS College Sports, available on Cox Digital Cable 334 and channel 613 on DirecTV.
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