LAS VEGAS (AP) -- New Mexico's Kenny Byrd kicked a 39-yard field
goal in overtime Saturday night and Michael Tuohy recovered a
fumble on UNLV's first play in the extra session to give the Lobos
a 39-36 victory.
New Mexico (3-4, 1-2 Mountain West Conference) gave up 28 second
quarter points, but rebounded to hold UNLV to eight the rest of the
The Lobos forced four turnovers after halftime, converting them
into 16 points. The final turnover came on the game's last play
when Major Mosley forced UNLV quarterback Shane Steichen to fumble.
The ball was kicked to around midfield and recovered by Tuohy
for the win.
Byrd kicked a career high four field goals, all after halftime,
and New Mexico overcame a 14-point deficit.
Cody Kase's 47-yard interception return and Martelius Epps'
4-yard touchdown run helped give New Mexico a 36-28 lead with 2:32
But Steichen threw a 9-yard touchdown to Ryan Wolfe and then
connected with Renan Saint Preux for the 2-point conversion to tie
the game at 36 with 1:03 to play.
New Mexico found the end zone on its first two possessions to
take a 14-0 lead. Rodney Ferguson scored on a 9-yard run and
Donovan Porterie threw an 8-yard scoring strike to Thomas Wilson
and the Lobos defense held the Rebels to a pair of three-and-outs.
But Steichen replaced starter Rocky Hinds at the end of the
first quarter, leading UNLV (2-4, 1-1) to touchdowns on four
Steichen passed for five touchdowns and 295 yards, opening the
scoring for the Rebels with a 30-yard scoring pass to Ronnie Smith,
also connecting with Aaron Straiten for a 14-yard touchdown.
UNLV's 28 unanswered points in the second quarter were five less
than the Rebels scored in their last four games.
Steichen went 9-for-12 for 188 yards passing in the quarter,
including a 75-yarder to Wolfe that gave the Rebels a 21-14 lead.