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BYU's 9-yard OT pass ices UNLV

10/26/2003

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Matt Berry scored from 1 yard out with 29
seconds left in regulation to tie the game and then hit Toby
Christensen with a 9-yard touchdown pass in overtime to lead BYU
over UNLV 27-20 on Saturday night.

UNLV had a final possession in overtime after the BYU touchdown,
but the Rebels failed to make a first down.

Berry completed 31 of 44 passes for 274 yards and two
touchdowns. Christensen caught 10 passes for 81 yards for BYU (4-5,
3-3 Mountain West), which has never lost in five games against UNLV
in Las Vegas.

Larry Croom rushed 25 times for 97 yards for the Rebels (4-4,
0-3), who lost their third straight conference game.

UNLV led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter after two Dillon
Pieffer 33-yard field goals. Dyante Perkins' 4-yard touchdown run
with 13:50 left in the half made it 13-0.

BYU started its comeback with an 8-yard scoring pass from Berry
to Christensen with 9:56 to play in the half.

Two Matt Payne field goals, one from 40 yards and another from
50, tied it at halftime, 13-13.

The game remained tied until Kurt Nantkes hit Earvin Johnson
with a 22-yard touchdown pass with 4:56 to play, giving UNLV a
20-13 lead and setting up the late rally by the Cougars.