Scores

Final

(25) Utah 28

(6-1, 3-0 Pac-12)

UNLV 10

(4-3, 0-2 MW)

3:00 PM ET, October 18, 2003

Sam Boyd Stadium, LAS VEGAS, NV

1 2 3 4 T
#25UTAH 14 7 0 728
UNLV 0 7 3 010

Utah 28, UNLV 10

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 204 yards and one touchdown to lead the Utah Utes past UNLV 28-10 on Saturday.

Smith completed 15-of-23 passes and rushed for 97 yards to help the Utes (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West Conference) get off to their best start since 1999, when they posted the same record.

The Rebels (4-3) dropped to 0-2 in MWC play and have loss eight straight to Utah.

Smith tossed a 79-pass to Ben Moa late in the first quarter to set up a Brandon Warfield 4-yard score, pushing the Utes to a 7-0 lead.

Utah recovered a fumble by UNLV quarterback Kurt Nantkes on the Rebels first play from scrimmage. Four plays later, Smith connected with Steve Savoy with :48 remaining in the first quarter to make it 14-0.

UNLV responded with a 16-yard touchdown reception to Earvin Johnson with 12:03 left in second quarter. The Utes rebuilt the lead to 21-7 on a Warfield 8-yard run with 8:38 left in the half.

The Rebels were led by running back Larry Croom, who rushed for 114 yards on 21 carries. Nantkes threw for 227 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-31 passing, but fumbled twice in the game.

Utah offensive lineman Chris Kemoeatu was ejected with 12:15 in the third quarter after kicking UNLV defensive lineman Howie Fuimaono in the head at the end of a play. Kemoeatu had to sit the first half of Saturday's game because he was ejected in the second half of last week's 27-6 win against San Diego State at home.

UNLV defensive back Ruschard Dodd-Masters also was ejected for chest bumping an official in the fourth quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTAH
UNLV
1st Downs2316
Total Yards441296
Passing221211
Rushing22085
Penalties10-12710-80
3rd Down Conversions5-134-15
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers12
Possession36:4323:17

Passing Leaders

UtahC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Smith15/232048.910-
Warren1/11717.000-
UNLVC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Nantkes13/312116.810-

Rushing Leaders

UtahCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith19975.1018
Warfield26963.7212
UNLVCARYDSAVGTDLG
Croom211145.4018
Dorsey4112.805

Receiving Leaders

UtahRECYDSAVGTDLG
Savoy55010.0114
Warren4328.0012
UNLVRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson79613.7121
Croom2136.5010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTAHUNLV
TD1:57BRANDON WARFIELD 4 YD RUN (DENNIS PAWELEK KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 88 yards.
70
TD0:48STEVEN SAVOY 14 YD PASS FROM ALEX SMITH (DENNIS PAWELEK KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 14 yards.
140
SECOND QUARTERUTAHUNLV
TD12:03EARVIN JOHNSON 16 YD PASS FROM KURT NANTKES (DILLON PIEFFER KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 88 yards.
147
TD8:38BRANDON WARFIELD 8 YD RUN (DENNIS PAWELEK KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yards.
217
THIRD QUARTERUTAHUNLV
FG2:39DILLON PIEFFER 25 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 51 yards.
2110
FOURTH QUARTERUTAHUNLV
TD2:09PARIS WARREN 18 YD RUN (DENNIS PAWELEK KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 34 yards.
2810