UNLV Gets Revenge Against Idaho
Rebels get a road win over the Vandals.
UNLV is now 1-1 on the year.
After being on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets in college football last week, the Rebels took care of business and defeated the Idaho Vandals 44-16.
Despite scoring so many points, UNLV’s offense was quiet in the first half, only scoring 10 points. That all changed though as the Rebels opened the second half by scoring 24 in the third quarter.
The offensive onslaught started quickly. After receiving the kickoff to get things going, running back Lexington Thomas broke off a 60 yard run to put the Rebels up 17-3. Then, on the Vandals ensuing drive, senior defensive back Chauncey Scissum intercepted Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan to set UNLV up in Idaho territory. Two plays later UNLV would score on another Lexington Thomas run.
Following a third and out by Idaho, UNLV marched down the field once again, this time only managing a field goal, bringing the score to 27-3. On the their next possession, Idaho brought things a little closer thanks to an 11 play drive that resulted in Matt Linehan running it in from the one yard line.
Not to be outdone, the Rebels answered back with a drive of their own, and six plays later UNLV extended their lead with a 62 yard run by none other than Lexington Thomas. Thomas finished the evening with 190 yards and the three aforementioned touchdowns.
Trailing 34-10, Idaho took the ball down the field quickly and scored with a goal line run by running back Aaron Duckworth, bringing the score to 34-16. Unfortunately for the Vandals, this would be their final scoring drive of the night.
Heading into the fourth with an already sizable lead, the Rebels weren’t done yet. With 13:53 left in the game, Armani Rogers connected with star wide out Devonte Boyd for a 94 yard touchdown, making it 41-16. This would be Rogers only score of the night.
After forcing Idaho to go four and out on their next drive, the Rebels capped the night off with a 27 yard field, officially closing the door on an exciting night and putting a w in the win column.
While the victory doesn’t wipe away what happened in week 1 against Howard, it does alleviate some of the pressure and allows the team to relax a little. Unfortunately, next week they will head to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes, a game many have already written off as a loss, but maybe, just maybe, they themselves can pull of what Howard did.