(1-3, 0-1 MW)

Utah State 31

(1-1, 0-0 MW)

Coverage: GamePlan

8:05 PM ET, September 24, 2005

Romney Stadium, Logan, UT

1 2 3 4 T
UNLV 10 0 14 024
USU 7 9 8 731

Top Performers

Passing: S. Steichen (UNLV) - 265 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Jackson (UNLV) - 12 CAR, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Pennyman (USU) - 10 REC, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Utah State 31, UNLV 24

LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Leon Jackson III threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns, the final a 15-yarder in the fourth quarter as Utah State beat UNLV 31-24 on Saturday.

Tony Pennyman had 97 yards receiving, including a 12-yard touchdown catch, on a career-high 10 receptions for the Aggies (1-1). Pennyman also returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.

The Rebels (1-3) had a chance to tie it at the end of regulation, but Shane Steichen had three consecutive passes broken up at the goal line. Utah State failed to run the clock out, and UNLV got the ball back at Utah States 48 with 30 seconds remaining.

The Rebels drove to the Aggies 29, where the drive stalled on Steichens incompletions.

Steichen was 25-of-43 for 265 yards and two touchdowns. UNLV opened a 24-16 lead with 4:13 to go in the third quarter when Tremayne Kirkland hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Steichen.

Kirkland had seven catches for 72 yards. Donell Wheaton also had seven receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown for the Rebels.

Utah State tied it with 52 seconds left in the third.

Kevin Robinson scored on a 19-yard reverse to make it 24-22. Jackson then kept it on a keeper up the middle for the two-point conversion with 52 seconds to go in the third.

Jackson finished 19-of-25 for the Aggies, who gave new head coach Brent Guy his first victory.