UNLV at New Mexico

UNLV outlasts New Mexico in a 56-42 shootout.

By Glen Rosales
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The UNLV duo of quarterback Caleb Herring and receiver Devante Davis hooked up on three touchdowns Saturday to overcome New Mexico's record-setting ground attack in the Rebels' 56-42 victory Saturday.

The win snaps UNLV's 23-game road losing streak.

Herring, who finished with four touchdown passes, found Davis on a 7-yard scoring pass with 4:46 to go to put UNLV (3-2, 1-0 Mountain West) up to stay. And Rebels running back Tim Cornett capped his career night with a 75-yard scoring run 1:31 later for his third touchdown, finishing with a career high 179 yards on 25 carries.

The Lobos had three rushers gain more than 100 yards for the first time in school history, led by Kasey Carrier's 192 yards on 25 carries.

Carlos Wiggins had three touchdowns while combining for 176 yards rushing and receiving while quarterback Cole Gautsche completed the 100-yard trio with 108 yards on 18 carries.

Davis finished with a career-high 10 catches for 164 yards while Herring went 24-34 for 293 yards.

The Lobos (1-3, 0-1) built an early 14-0 lead with Gautsche tossing an option pitch five yards beyond the line of scrimmage, leading to a 62-yard scoring run down the sidelines for Wiggins.

UNLV began its comeback midway through the first quarter when Marcus Sullivan took an end around 69 yards for a score. Then the Rebels quickly cashed in a New Mexico fumble at its own 34 with Cornett going in from four yards out to tie it.

The teams traded touchdowns the rest of the half as defense was a mere rumor, leaving it tied at 35-35 at the break. Early in the second quarter, Herring hit Davis for a 47-yard touchdown.

The teams combined for 749 yards at halftime, including 400 yards rushing for New Mexico.

The Rebels were able to continue their offensive onslaught in the second half with Davis taking another Herring pass from 11 yards out for the score and the first UNLV lead at 42-35.

Although New Mexico was able to respond late in the quarter on a Gautsche to Wiggins 43-yard scoring strike off a play-action fake to tie it at 42-42, the UNLV defense began to assert itself from that point on.

The Lobos gained 67 yards the rest of the game and lost a fumble, getting no closer than midfield at any point.

The teams still combined for 1,149 total yards, but UNLV held New Mexico to 140 yards in the second half, 97 of that coming on the ground.

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Scoring Summary
NMEXKasey Carrier 22 yd run (Justus Adams kick)
NMEXCarlos Wiggins 62 yd run (Justus Adams kick)
UNLVMarcus Sullivan 69 yd run (Nolan Kohorst kick)
UNLVTim Cornett 4 yd run (Nolan Kohorst kick)
NMEXCarlos Wiggins 10 yd run (Justus Adams kick)
UNLVTaylor Barnhill 4 yd pass from Caleb Herring (Nolan Kohorst kick)
NMEXCole Gautsche 7 yd run (Justus Adams kick)
UNLVDevante Davis 47 yd pass from Caleb Herring (Nolan Kohorst kick)
NMEXCole Gautsche 4 yd run (Justus Adams kick)
UNLVTim Cornett 9 yd run (Nolan Kohorst kick)
UNLVDevante Davis 11 yd pass from Caleb Herring (Nolan Kohorst kick)
NMEXCarlos Wiggins 43 yd pass from Cole Gautsche (Justus Adams kick)
UNLVDevante Davis 7 yd pass from Caleb Herring (Nolan Kohorst kick)
UNLVTim Cornett 75 yd run (Nolan Kohorst kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2522
Third Down Efficiency6-118-14
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-2
Plays-Net Yards72-56872-581
Passing Yds32084
Kick Return Yds111133
Punt Return Yds02
Time of Poss.27:1732:43
Individual Stats
UNLV: Tim Cornett 25-179, Marcus Sullivan 1-69, Shaquille Murray-Lawrence 3-4, Adonis Smith 2-3, Team 1--2, Caleb Herring 5--5
NMEX: Kasey Carrier 25-192, Carlos Wiggins 3-119, Cole Gautsche 18-108, Crusoe Gongbay 5-58, Dameon Gamblin 1-19, Demarcus Rogers 4-13, Clayton Mitchem 3--12
UNLV: Caleb Herring 24-34-293-0, Marcus Sullivan 1-1-27-0
NMEX: Cole Gautsche 4-9-74-0, Clayton Mitchem 1-4-10-0
UNLV: Devante Davis 10-164, Marcus Sullivan 4-48, Taylor Barnhill 3-17, Maika Mataele 2-40, Jake Phillips 2-11, Tim Cornett 2-9, Anthony Williams 1-27, Aaron Criswell 1-4
NMEX: Carlos Wiggins 2-57, Andrew Aho 1-10, Jhurell Pressley 1-10, Marquis Bundy 1-7
UNLV3rd Mountain West West3-54-8
New Mexico1st Mountain West Mountain6-29-4

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