Colorado State 24

(7-5, 4-3 MW)


(5-6, 1-5 MW)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, November 22, 2003

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

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CSU 7 7 3 724
UNLV 10 10 3 023


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 the game.

Van Pelt completed 10-of-16 passes for 113 yards before suffering the injury. Holland was 7-of-10 for 80 yards in relief.

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 lead.

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.