Scores

Final

Colorado State 35

(3-5, 1-2 MW)

UNLV 38

(2-5, 1-1 MW)

6:00 PM ET, October 29, 2011

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

1 2 3 4 T
CSU 7 6 7 1535
UNLV 10 7 7 1438

Top Performers

Passing: P. Thomas (ULM) - 230 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Nwoke (CSU) - 23 CAR, 156 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Gillmore (CSU) - 6 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

UNLV 38, Colorado St. 35

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Quarterback Caleb Herring had a 5-yard touchdown run with 1:20 remaining to lift UNLV to a 38-35 victory over Colorado State on Saturday.

In a game with eight lead changes, Phillip Payne had two TD catches for the Rebels (2-5, 1-1 Mountain West) to break the school's career record. The senior has 25 scoring receptions.

Pete Thomas was 17 of 30 for 230 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (3-5, 1-2), but a late scoring chance was denied when his deflected pass was intercepted by Tani Maka at the UNLV 28-yard line with 35 seconds remaining.

Chris Nwoke led Colorado State with 156 yards rushing on 23 carries. His touchdown from 4 yards out, set up by a long return of a blocked field goal, gave the Rams a 35-31 lead with 4:13 remaining.

Dionza Bradford had 122 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries for UNLV.

Payne's second TD and Bradford's 1-yard scoring run gave the Rebels a 31-20 lead.

Colorado State cut it 31-28 with Thomas' 12-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run by Nwoke.

UNLV's next drive ended when Shaq Bell blocked Nolan Kohorst's 34-yard field-goal attempt, and Austin Gray ran it back 61 yards to set up Nwoke's scoring run.

Playing their first afternoon home game in five years, the Rebels led 17-13 at halftime. Herring hit Payne in the end zone with 14 seconds left in the first half, a score set up by a fumble recovery on a punt at the Rams' 11-yard line.

Payne's second score broke the school record held by Henry Bailey (1990-94).

Colorado State took a 7-3 on Shaqui Barrett's 52-yard interception return of a Sean Reilly pass for a touchdown with 5:14 left in the quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Deante' Purvis ran it back 98 yards for a TD.

Reilly, who was 2 of 3 for 27 yards, was relieved by Herring with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter. Herring finished 9 of 13 for 90 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CSU
UNLV
1st Downs2620
Total Yards480361
Passing230117
Rushing250244
Penalties8-605-60
3rd Down Conversions6-124-13
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers31
Possession32:2627:34

Passing Leaders

Colorado StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Thomas17/302307.711
UNLVC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Herring9/13906.920

Rushing Leaders

Colorado StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nwoke231566.8138
Carter11433.9014
UNLVCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bradford211225.8145
Cornett11676.1028

Receiving Leaders

Colorado StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gillmore68113.5121
Greenwood35418.0031
UNLVRECYDSAVGTDLG
Payne34816.0231
Johnson22713.5016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCSUUNLV
FG10:09Nolan Kohorst 43 Yd 03
TD05:14Shaquil Barrett 52 Yd Interception Return (Chad Vandermolen Kick) 73
TD04:59Deante Purvis 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Nolan Kohorst Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERCSUUNLV
FG08:09Chad VanderMolen 40 Yd 1010
FG02:23Chad VanderMolen 23 Yd 1310
TD00:14Phillip Payne 8 Yd Pass From Caleb Herring (Nolan Kohorst Kick) 1317
THIRD QUARTERCSUUNLV
TD11:27Crockett Gillmore 1 Yd Pass From Pete Thomas (Chad Vandermolen Kick) 2017
TD02:47Phillip Payne 31 Yd Pass From Caleb Herring (Nolan Kohorst Kick) 2024
FOURTH QUARTERCSUUNLV
TD11:35Dionza Bradford 1 Yd Run (Nolan Kohorst Kick) 2031
TD07:39Pete Thomas 12 Yd Run (Chris Nwoke Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2831
TD04:06Chris Nwoke 4 Yd Run (Chad Vandermolen Kick) 3531
TD01:20Caleb Herring 5 Yd Run (Nolan Kohorst Kick) 3538