Nov. 5, 2011
UNLV Game Notes
-Boise State defeated UNLV in Las Vegas for the first time in four all-time attempts. The Broncos took a 4-3 lead in the all-time series that was renewed this year for the first time since 1977. The 48-21 final marked the first time in the series that a visiting team won the game.
-The Rebels fell to 22-22 all-time in Homecoming games and have now lost nine of their last 10 such games.
-No. 5/5 Boise State was the second-highest ranked team to ever play in Las Vegas. Only No. 4/4 TCU was ranked higher in 2010. The Broncos also tied for the third-highest ranked team to ever face the Rebels behind No. 2/2 Tennessee in 1996 and the Horned Frogs. The 2007 Wisconsin team was also ranked No. 5/5.
-Senior WR Phillip Payne’s seven receptions moved him from seventh into fifth place on UNLV’s career list with 163.
-Payne’s 60 yards also moved him past Keenan McCardell into seventh place all-time at UNLV with 2,231 yards.
-Payne also added to his school record for career touchdown receptions with his 26th to close the scoring. It was the senior’s seventh TD of the season, which ties a career high set in both 2008 and 2009. Payne needs four more to tie Austin Collie’s Mountain West career record. The former BYU great had 30 scoring grabs.
-Freshman running back Dionza Bradford scored from 13 yards out for his second career touchdown. Making his second career start, he finished with 46 net yards on 16 carries to snap his two-game streak of 100-yard efforts.
-Sophomore running back Bradley Randle ran for a career-high 96 yards, besting the 78 yards he gained vs. Hawaii earlier in 2011. His night included a career-long 55 yarder.
-Making his first career start, linebacker John Lotulelei turned in a game-high 13 total tackles. The JC transfer was filling in for regular starter Tani Maka, who was one of five Rebels suspended by UNLV for the game.
-JC transfer QB Sean Reilly came in when starter Caleb Herring was knocked out with an injury. Reilly threw his first career touchdown as a Rebel with a 13-yard pass to Phillip Payne.
-Defensive lineman Alex Klorman had his first career QB sack when he took down Kellen Moore for a loss of two yards.
-UNLV rushed for 182 net yards, marking the third consecutive game that the Rebels finished with more than 150 on the ground.