Scores

Final

Utah State 17

(0-1, 0-0 MW)

UNLV 27

(1-0, 0-0 MW)

10:00 PM ET, August 30, 2008

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

1 2 3 4 T
USU 0 7 3 717
UNLV 7 10 7 327

Top Performers

Passing: O. Clayton (UNLV) - 192 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: F. Summers (CAL) - 14 CAR, 87 YDS

Receiving: R. Wolfe (UNLV) - 7 REC, 103 YDS, 2 TD

UNLV 27, Utah St. 17

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- UNLV quarterback Omar Clayton threw for three touchdowns and 192 yards to lead the Rebels past Utah State 27-17 Saturday night in the teams' season opener.

Clayton completed 17-of-29 passes with no interceptions, a career high. Running back Frank Summers rushed for 87 yards on 14 carries for the winners.

Clayton connected with wide receiver Ryan Wolfe (103 yards) twice for scores. The first was nine yards down the middle with 6:23 left in the first quarter, and the second was a 32-yarder as Wolfe scampered most of the way down the middle with 9:44 remaining in the third quarter.

Wide receiver Phillip Payne (52 yards) caught the other touchdown on a 7-yard reception to the right side of the endzone with 8:32 left in the half, putting UNLV up for good, 14-7.

Utah State quarterback Sean Setzer was 10-of-17 for 123 yards with an interception. He was replaced by Diondre Borel with 9:34 left in the third quarter.

Borel, who went the rest of the way, completed 8-of-16 on 80 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown pass to Nmandi Gwacham with 2:16 left in the game. Borel also rushed for 70 yards.

Aggies running back Robert Turin scored on a 1-yard run around the left side on a 4th-and-1 to tie it 7-7 on a first play of the second quarter.

The Rebels, who travel to Mountain West Conference foe Utah next week, led 17-7 at halftime.

This is the second consecutive year the teams have opened the season against each other. UNLV won exactly one year ago at Logan, Ut., 23-16.

The Aggies, out of the Western Athletic Conference, travel to No. 21 Oregon next Saturday.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USU
UNLV
1st Downs1521
Total Yards314353
Passing203221
Rushing111132
Penalties7-494-30
3rd Down Conversions3-155-14
4th Down Conversions4-50-0
Turnovers20
Possession30:4629:14

Passing Leaders

Utah StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Setzer10/171237.201
UNLVC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clayton17/291926.630

Rushing Leaders

Utah StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Borel15704.7015
Turbin13342.618
UNLVCARYDSAVGTDLG
Summers14876.2029
Trotter6172.807

Receiving Leaders

Utah StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Morrison34715.7031
Barbour44110.3023
UNLVRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wolfe710314.7232
Flair45313.3018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSUUNLV
TD06:23Ryan Wolfe 9 Yd Pass From Omar Clayton (Kyle Watson Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 47 yds, 1:32
07
SECOND QUARTERUSUUNLV
TD14:56Robert Turbin 1 Yd Run (Peter Caldwell Kick) 77
TD08:32Phillip Payne 7 Yd Pass From Omar Clayton (Kyle Watson Kick) 714
FG00:05Kyle Watson 20 Yd 717
THIRD QUARTERUSUUNLV
TD09:44Ryan Wolfe 32 Yd Pass From Omar Clayton (Kyle Watson Kick) 724
FG06:00Peter Caldwell 42 Yd 1024
FOURTH QUARTERUSUUNLV
FG06:54Ben Jaekle 42 Yd 1027
TD02:16Nnamdi Gwacham 6 Yd Pass From Diondre Borel (Peter Caldwell Kick) 1727