Oct. 29, 2011
UNLV Game Notes
-UNLV’s 38-35 victory over Colorado State was the first game under second-year head coach Bobby Hauck – win or lose -- that was decided by 14 points or less. The previous closest game during Hauck’s 20 all-time games at the school was a 35-20 loss (15 points) to Air Force on Nov. 18, 2010.
-The three-point win was the closest for the Rebels since nipping Hawaii 34-33 on Sept. 19, 2009. It was also the sixth game of the 13 Mountain West meetings between UNLV and CSU that was decided by four points or less.
-UNLV downed Colorado State at home in back-to-back attempts for the first time. The Rams still hold a 6-2-1 all-time record vs. the Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium and 13-6-1 overall.
-The Rebels, who were playing their first day game at home (kicking off before 5 p.m. PT) since 2006, broke a three-game losing skid with the win.
-UNLV’s net rushing total of 244 yards was the program’s highest since gaining 275 vs. San Diego State on Nov. 10, 2007.
-The four quarterback sacks marked the most by a UNLV team since getting the same amount at New Mexico on Oct. 24, 2009.
-UNLV senior Phillip Payne’s two touchdown receptions vs. the Rams made him the Rebels’ all-time receiving TD king. He tied the record held by Henry Bailey (24 from 1991-94) with an eight-yard pass from Caleb Herring in the second quarter. He then broke the record when his 25th came on a 31-yard catch and score (also from Herring) in the third quarter.
-Payne’s three catches for 48 yards also moved him up other career lists at the school. He is now tied with Bailey for seventh on the all-time list for receptions with 156 and sits ninth in receiving yards with 2,171.
-Nolan Kohorst’s 46-yard field goal gave UNLV a 3-0 lead and meant the Rebels scored first for the third time in the last five games (Hawaii and Southern Utah) after seeing their opponents score first in the first 15 games of during head coach Bobby Hauck’s tenure.
-CSU returned a Sean Reilly pass attempt 52 yards for a score in the first quarter. It marked the fourth pick-six by a Rebel opponent in the last four games and in a span of just four quarters at home (Caleb Herring threw three vs. Southern Utah).
-UNLV immediately answered the interception with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Deante’ Purvis. It marked the second-longest kickoff return in school history, following only Ken Bowles’ 99-yarder vs. Cal Poly in 1976.
-The KOR for a TD was the second of Purvis’ career. The senior also had one for 94 yards vs. BYU in 2009. He became the first Rebel in history to have more than kickoff return for a score as a Rebel.
-Freshman running back Dionza Bradford posted his second straight 100-yard rushing day with a career-high 122 yards on 22 carries. It marked the first time a Rebel rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games since Frank “The Tank” Summers did it in 2008 when he went for 103 yards at Arizona State and for 109 vs. Iowa State the next week.