UNLV Game Notes
 
 
 
 

Minnesota at UNLV Game Notes

Aug. 30, 2012

UNLV played its first overtime game since winning two in back-to-back weeks in 2008 (defeated Arizona State on the road and Iowa State at home).

The Rebels fell to 3-8 all-time in overtime games.

This marked the school's second triple-overtime game in history. UNLV also lost the first, 53-45, vs. Wyoming on Nov. 6, 2004.

UNLV's 30-27 loss to the Gophers meant the Rebels have lost three straight season-opening games to Big Ten Conference opponents (2010 and 2011 to Wisconsin).

The Rebels fell to 22-23 all-time in season lid-lifters, including 17-8 when they took place at home.

The game marked the first meeting in history between the two schools. UNLV will return the game next season by opening the season at Minnesota.

The Rebels fell to 2-11 all-time vs. Big Ten Conference teams while the Golden Gophers improved to 4-0 vs. teams that were members of the Mountain West at the time of the game.

UNLV fell to 8-6 in games played on a Thursday and 14-9-1 in non-Saturday games all-time.

On the opening drive of the game, Tani Maka tipped a MarQueis Gray pass that Tim Hasson intercepted and returned 44 yards to set up a field goal. It marked Hasson's first career pick. He got another turnover later in the game when he recovered a fumble and the junior linebacker also added a sack to go with seven total tackles.

UNLV junior RB Tim Cornett picked up where he left off from his first two seasons - in the opponent end zone. Cornett rushed for two Rebel touchdowns to give him 18 overall scores in his career, which moved him into a tie for 11th place on the school's career list. His 15 rushing TDs moved him into a tie for eighth place.


 

 

Cornett finished with 127 yards on 25 carries. It marked his fourth career century-mark effort after posting three last season.

Redshirt Nick Sherry became just the third freshman to start a season opener at quarterback for the Rebels. Jon Denton lost at Tennessee in 1996 and Travis Dixon won his debut at Utah State in 2007.

Sherry waited until the second round of overtime to throw his first collegiate touchdown, a six-yarder to Devante Davis on fourth-and-goal.

Marcus Sullivan played in his first game since 2010 and, despite missing half the game after being knocked out of the action, the sophomore tied with Devante Davis for a game-high five receptions for 53 yards.

Junior place-kicker made both of his field-goal attempts (39 and 35 yards) and scored nine points overall. Kohorst moved into a tie with Jim Gaetano (1977-79) for sixth place on UNLV's career list for field goals with 19 made three-pointers.

In his UNLV debut, redshirt freshman safety Peni Vea tied with senior linebacker John Lotulelei for a game-high nine total tackles.

UNLV debuted newly designed helmets and uniforms in the game.

 
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