UNLV Post Game Notes|
NAU at UNLV Game Notes
Sept. 8, 2012 at Sam Boyd Stadium
The Rebels and Lumberjacks faced each other for the first time since 1992. NAU won for the first time in five trips to Las Vegas but UNLV still leads the all-time series 5-3. UNLV fell to 0-2 for the third consecutive season.
Senior Eric Johnson finally made his Rebel debut in the first quarter when he lined up deep for a punt return. The former JC transfer had to sit out the 2011 season while gaining his eligibility and missed the 2012 opener because of injury.
Three Rebels recorded their first career receptions vs. NAU: redshirt freshman tight end Jake Phillips (a 25-yard reception from Nick Sherry); junior fullback Max Johnson (a seven-yarder); and senior WR/RB Eric Johnson (a 29-yarder). Phillips ended up leading the team with give grabs for 69 yards.
Tim Cornett’s 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter marked his third score of the young season. It also moved him into a tie with Ray Strong (1976-77) in 10th place for overall touchdowns scored with 19.
Cornett, who had 99 yards in the first quarter alone, finished with a career-high 141 yards on 25 carries. He became the first Rebel to hit the century mark four times in a five-game span since Dominique Dorsey did it in 2004.
Bradley Randle’s one-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter was his fourth career score. The junior finished with 41 net yards on 13 carries.
With UNLV’s blocking a 34-yard NAU field-goal attempt as time expired in the second quarter, the Rebels took a 14-0 lead into halftime. That marked the first time UNLV shut out an opponent in the first half since leading Iowa State 21-0 at the break on Sept. 20, 2008.
NAU returned a punt 75 yards early in the third quarter, marking the first such play allowed by the Rebels since Wyoming took one back on Oct. 15, 2011.
Senior Chase Lansford continued his strong play, finishing with a 44.3-yard average on seven attempts, including four he placed inside the NAU 20-yard line
Nolan Kohorst had made six consecutive field goals dating back to last year before his 30-yard attempt clanged off the right upright in the fourth quarter.
Freshman safety Peni Vea led the team in tackles for the second straight game with nine each time.
UNLV out-rushed NAU 189-91 and finished with 42 more passing yards (239-197) for a total offense advantage of 140 yards.