Scores

Final

San Diego State 24

(4-8, 2-6 MW)

UNLV 28

(5-7, 3-5 MW)

9:00 PM ET, November 28, 2009

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

1 2 3 4 T
SDSU 14 7 3 024
UNLV 7 0 7 1428

Top Performers

Passing: R. Lindley (SDSU) - 341 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: W. Kazee (SDSU) - 15 CAR, 106 YDS

Receiving: R. Wallace (SDSU) - 8 REC, 106 YDS, 1 TD

UNLV 28, San Diego St. 24

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV's Omar Clayton threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Payne with 1:24 to play on Saturday night to give the Rebels a 28-24 come-from-behind victory against San Diego State in the season finale for both Mountain West Conference schools.

UNLV (5-7, 3-5) trailed 24-7 early in the third quarter before closing the game with 21 unanswered points for the win in coach Mike Sanford's final game. Sanford was fired last week after six seasons, but was allowed to coach in the final game.

Clayton started the rally for UNLV with a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:48 to play in the third quarter. Defensive back Terrance Lee trimmed the deficit to three points in the initial minute of the fourth quarter, returning an interception 40-yards for a score.

UNLV kicker Kyle Watson missed a 37-yard field goal with 3:29 to play that would have tied the game. The Rebels then forced San Diego State to punt and the received the ball near midfield with 1:58 left.

Clayton found Jerriman Robinson for a 35-yard completion on the first play of the drive to bring the ball to the San Diego State 17. He connected with Payne, who caught five passes for 107 yards, for the game winner on the next play.

After giving up a 29-yard touchdown run to UNLV's C.J. Trotter in the game's initial two minutes, San Diego State (4-8, 2-6) scored 24 unanswered points and appeared headed toward snapping a three-game losing streak.

Luke Laolagi returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown with 1:45 to play in the first quarter to give San Diego State a 14-7 lead. It was the sixth straight season San Diego State has had an interception return for a touchdown against UNLV.

Quarterback Ryan Lindley, who passed for 336 yards, started the San Diego State scoring with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Robert Wallace midway through the first quarter. Brand Sullivan added a 1-yard touchdown run for the Aztecs in building the double-digit lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SDSU
UNLV
1st Downs2022
Total Yards445397
Passing341274
Rushing104123
Penalties9-779-124
3rd Down Conversions6-175-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers22
Possession29:3830:22

Passing Leaders

San Diego StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lindley25/453417.612
UNLVC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clayton21/352747.812

Rushing Leaders

San Diego StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kazee151067.1061
Sullivan1090.915
UNLVCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brogdon9495.4018
Trotter44812.0129

Receiving Leaders

San Diego StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wallace810613.3128
Toledo27236.0064
UNLVRECYDSAVGTDLG
Payne510721.4139
Robinson47719.3035

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDSUUNLV
TD13:42Channing Trotter 29 Yd Run (Kyle Watson Kick) 07
TD07:46Roberto Wallace 15 Yd Pass From Ryan Lindley (Lane Yoshida Kick) 77
TD01:45Luke Laolagi 55 Yd Interception Return (Lane Yoshida Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERSDSUUNLV
TD03:36Brandon Sullivan 1 Yd Run (Lane Yoshida Kick) 217
THIRD QUARTERSDSUUNLV
FG09:39Lane Yoshida 26 Yd 247
TD06:48Omar Clayton 7 Yd Run (Kyle Watson Kick) 2414
FOURTH QUARTERSDSUUNLV
TD13:35Terrance Lee 40 Yd Interception Return (Kyle Watson Kick) 2421
TD01:24Phillip Payne 17 Yd Pass From Omar Clayton (Kyle Watson Kick) 2428