UNLV at Minnesota

Minnesota races past UNLV 51-23 in season opener

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota's Marcus Jones returned the second half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and the Gophers pulled away for a 51-23 victory over UNLV on Thursday, the 23rd loss in a row on the road for the Rebels.

Minnesota, which scored twice on special teams, turned a tight game into a romp without any scoring by the offense for the first 23-plus minutes after the intermission. Ra'Shede Hageman blocked a field goal that Martez Shabazz picked up and raced for a 78-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Briean Boddy-Calhoun scored on an 89-yard interception return in the fourth.

UNLV's Tim Cornett rushed 20 times for 82 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown run to cap a commanding opening drive for the Rebels. Shaquille Murray-Lawrence gained 108 yards on four carries for UNLV, which last won away from Las Vegas was Oct. 24, 2009, at New Mexico.

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Scoring Summary
UNLVTim Cornett 26 yd run (blocked XP)
MINNChris Hawthorne 25 yd FG
MINNPhilip Nelson 48 yd run (Chris Hawthorne kick)
UNLVDevante Davis 34 yd pass from Nick Sherry (Nolan Kohorst kick)
MINNMaxx Williams 10 yd pass from Philip Nelson (missed kick)
MINNMarcus Jones 98 yd kick return (Chris Hawthorne kick)
MINNMartez Shabazz 51 yd blocked FG return (Chris Hawthorne kick)
UNLVNolan Kohorst 32 yd FG
MINNBriean Boddy-Calhoun 89 yd interception return (Chris Hawthorne kick)
MINNPhilip Nelson 5 yd run (Chris Hawthorne kick)
UNLVTaylor Barnhill 1 yd pass from Nick Sherry (Nolan Kohorst kick)
MINNMitch Leidner 4 yd run (Chris Hawthorne kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2117
Third Down Efficiency6-188-14
Fourth Down Efficiency4-41-1
Plays-Net Yards85-41961-320
Passing Yds22699
Kick Return Yds128148
Punt Return Yds515
Time of Poss.31:5628:4
Individual Stats
UNLV: Shaquille Murray-Lawrence 4-108, Tim Cornett 20-80, Nick Sherry 6-4, Adonis Smith 2-3, Keith Whitely 1--1, Team 1--1
MINN: Philip Nelson 12-83, David Cobb 6-69, Donnell Kirkwood 11-30, Mitch Leidner 3-25, Rodrick Williams 4-13, Cole Banham 2-1
UNLV: Nick Sherry 35-50-226-2, Caleb Herring 1-1-0-0
MINN: Philip Nelson 10-22-99-1, Team 0-1-0-0
UNLV: Maika Mataele 9-43, Devante Davis 7-77, Jerry Rice 6-35, Jake Phillips 3-14, Anthony Williams 2-19, Tim Cornett 2-17, Aaron Criswell 2-16, Shaquille Murray-Lawrence 2-4, Taylor Barnhill 2-1, Jack Killian 1-0
MINN: KJ Maye 3-30, Drew Goodger 2-30, Isaac Fruechte 2-17, Maxx Williams 1-10, Rodrick Williams 1-7, Logan Hutton 1-5
UNLV2nd Mountain West West2-13-4
Minnesota4th Big Ten West1-24-2

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