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Colorado State 31, UNLV 27

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Johnny Walker's 75-yard punt return in the
fourth quarter gave Colorado State a 31-27 victory over UNLV
Saturday as the Rams became bowl eligible for the 11th time in 13
years under coach Sonny Lubick.

Walker went untouched up the middle then down the right side
with 13:51 left for the game-winner in the regular season finale
for both teams.

The Rams (6-5, 5-3 Mountain West) also held off a last-minute
UNLV drive that ended at the Rebels' 49 in the final seconds.

Colorado State trailed 27-17 in the third quarter when Kyle Bell
ran for a 1 yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 27-24 with 52
seconds left in the quarter. Bell carried 24 times for 91 yards and
two touchdowns.

Rams quarterback Justin Holland went 16-for-24 for 164 yards and
David Anderson caught six passes for 90 yards.

Erick Jackson rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries
for UNLV (2-9, 1-7), and also had 28 yards receiving.

After trailing 20-17 at halftime, the Rebels used two Colorado
State turnovers to take a 10-point lead. UNLV quarterback Shane
Steichen ran in a 9-yard touchdown on the right side to take a
20-17 lead, and Jackson scored from 1 yard with 3:45 left in the
third to make it 27-17.

Steichen completed 16 of 27 for 167 yards with a touchdown and
an interception and also rushed for 80 yards.

Colorado State could earn a berth in one of three bowls that
have agreements with the Mountain West Conference: The Las Vegas
Bowl, the Emerald Bowl and the first-year Poinsettia Bowl. Five
Mountain West teams are already bowl eligible.

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