Minnesota at UNLV

Minnesota 30, UNLV 27, OT


LAS VEGAS (AP) - MarQueis Gray threw two touchdown passes to John Rabe in overtime, and Jordan Wettstein hit a 32-yard field goal in the third extra session to lift Minnesota over UNLV 30-27 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

Wettstein's field goal was set up by Derrick Wells' second interception against redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Sherry. In the second overtime, Sherry threw a 6-yard TD pass to Devante Davis on fourth down to tie it at 27-27.

Rabe's first overtime score was from 10 yards down the middle to make it 20-20. Gray found him wide open from 25 yards out on the first play of the second OT.

UNLV's Tim Cornett had 127 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. He had an 18-yard score in the first overtime.

Gray finished 17 of 30 for 269 yards and an interception.

This was the first-ever meeting between the teams.

The Rebels went ahead 10-7 in the third quarter on Cornett's 1-yard run with 1:52 left. Minnesota answered with two Wettstein fourth-quarter field goals from 32 and 21-yards. The second field goal was set up by Wells' interception return to the UNLV 25. Nolan Kohorst made a 35-yard field goal with 2:46 remaining to set up overtime.

It was the Golden Gophers' first overtime game since a win at Syracuse in 2009. The Rebels went to OT for the first time since a 2008 win over Iowa State at home.

The Rebels scored first on Kohorst's 39-yard field goal with 2:29 left in the first quarter. Minnesota answered with a James Gillum 16-yard rushing touchdown up the middle with 9:26 before halftime.

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Scoring Summary
UNLVNolan Kohorst 39 yd FG
MINNJames Gillum 16 yd run (Jordan Wettstein kick)
UNLVTim Cornett 1 yd run (Nolan Kohorst kick)
MINNJordan Wettstein 32 yd FG
MINNJordan Wettstein 21 yd FG
UNLVNolan Kohorst 35 yd FG
UNLVTim Cornett 18 yd run (Nolan Kohorst kick)
MINNJohn Rabe 10 yd pass from MarQueis Gray (Jordan Wettstein kick)
MINNJohn Rabe 25 yd pass from MarQueis Gray (Jordan Wettstein kick)
UNLVDevante Davis 6 yd pass from Nick Sherry (Nolan Kohorst kick)
MINNJordan Wettstein 32 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs2218
Third Down Efficiency3-156-17
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-1
Plays-Net Yards76-47872-275
Passing Yds269116
Kick Return Yds5922
Punt Return Yds138
Time of Poss.32:5942:1
Individual Stats
MINN: Donnell Kirkwood 13-81, MarQueis Gray 17-68, James Gillum 14-51, Devon Wright 1-7, Jamel Harbison 1-2
UNLV: Tim Cornett 25-127, Bradley Randle 10-45, Nick Sherry 2--13
MINN: MarQueis Gray 17-30-269-1
UNLV: Nick Sherry 16-35-116-3
MINN: Devin Crawford-Tufts 4-49, A.J. Barker 3-101, KJ Maye 3-23, John Rabe 2-35, Derrick Engel 1-33, Donnell Kirkwood 1-8, Andre McDonald 1-7, Isaac Fruechte 1-7, Marcus Jones 1-6
UNLV: Marcus Sullivan 5-53, Devante Davis 5-27, Taylor Spencer 3-17, Taylor Barnhill 2-9, Anthony Williams 1-10
Minnesota4th Big Ten West5-49-4
UNLV3rd Mountain West West3-54-8

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