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
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
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.