Sept. 18, 2011
HAWAII AT UNLV GAME NOTES (Sept.17, 2011)
-UNLV's 40-20 victory marked its fourth in the last five meetings vs. Hawaii at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels improved to just 8-13 all-time vs. the Warriors but have taken five of the last eight meetings and improved to 6-5 when playing in Las Vegas. Hawaii is UNLV's oldest active rival dating back to 1969.
-The Rebels snapped a five-game losing streak overall and improved to 28-16 all-time in season home openers, including taking three of their last four such games.
-UNLV senior WR Phillip Payne caught seven passes for 98 yards and two scores. His two touchdowns gave him 22 in his career, which is second all-time at the school behind only Henry Bailey, who had 24 from 1991-94. Payne's career receiving yards total improved to 1,916, which ranks 10th all-time at the school.
-Nolan Kohorst's 40-yard field goal in the first quarter gave UNLV a 3-0 lead and marked the first time under Bobby Hauck that the Rebels scored first. All 13 opponents scored first in 2010 as did Wisconsin and Washington State this fall. In fact, the field goal represented the first points of the season scored by UNLV in the first quarter. The Rebs had been outscored 34-0 coming into the Hawaii game but were leading 10-0 after the first period on Saturday.
-Kohorst's 50-yard field goal in the third quarter bested his career long by three yards and marked the 16th time in school history that a Rebel booted a field goal 50 yards or longer and the first since Ben Jaekle's 52-yarder vs. UNR in 2008.
-Tim Cornett's 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter marked the longest rush by a UNLV player since Darin Brightmon went 89 yards vs. New Mexico State on Sept. 23, 1989. It tied for the eighth-longest rush in school history. It also came one week after the sophomore went 95 yards on a kickoff return for a TD at Washington State.
-Cornett finished with 106 yards on just 11 carries to give the sophomore his first career 100-yard game. He also caught three passes for 22 yards.
-Hawaii's rushing total of six yards ranked third in history for fewest rushing yards allowed by the Rebels and is the best effort for UNLV since becoming a division one program in 1978. The overall school record is minus-nine vs. Azusa Pacific in 1968.
-Bradley Randle's 14-yard reception from Caleb Herring was only the second of his career and also his career-long. The sophomore made his first start at running back and finished with 78 net yards on 19 carries, including a touchdown.
-Sophomore Caleb Herring earned his first career victory as a starting quarterback at UNLV after completing 17 of 29 attempts for 178 yards and two TDs. UNLV junior-college transfer Sean Reilly also saw his first time at QB for the Rebels and completed his only attempted pass for one yard.
-UNLV, which had two sacks in the previous two games and only 12 in 13 games a year ago, sacked Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz twice in the first quarter alone and three times on the night.