LAS VEGAS (Ticker) -- Backup Justin Holland tossed a
three-yard touchdown pass to Joel Dreessen with 53 seconds
remaining as Colorado State rallied for a 24-23 Mountain West
Conference victory over Nevada-Las Vegas.
Holland replaced Bradlee Van Pelt, who suffered a broken right
hand, and drove the Rams (7-5, 4-3) 80 yards on nine plays
before finding Dreessen for the winning score.
UNLV (5-6, 1-5) had a chance to put the contest out of reach but
Dillon Pieffer missed a 23-yard field goal with 2:38 remaining.
Pieffer kicked field goals of 35, 24 and 24 yards earlier in
Van Pelt completed 10-of-16 passes for 113 yards before
suffering the injury. Holland was 7-of-10 for 80 yards in
The Rebels took a 23-14 lead on Pieffer's last field goal with
6:33 left in the third quarter, but Colorado State's Jeff
Babcock converted a 19-yarder five minutes later to pull the
Rams within six points.
Joe Miklos returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown with 2:17
left in the second quarter to give the Rebels a 20-14 halftime
Freshman Shane Steichen completed 12-of-26 passes for 172 yards
for UNLV. He started in place of Kurt Nantkes, who is sidelined
with a strained left groin.
The win gave Colorado State its 10th straight season with at
least seven victories.