BYU 27

(4-5, 3-2 away)


(4-4, 2-2 home)

Coverage: ABC Regional coverage

7:00 PM ET, October 25, 2003

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

1 2 3 4 OT T
BYU 0 13 0 7 727
UNLV 6 7 0 7 020

BYU's 9-yard OT pass ices UNLV

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.