(18) BYU 59

(5-1, 3-0 away)


(2-4, 2-2 home)

10:00 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

1 2 3 4 T
#18BYU 10 14 21 1459
UNLV 0 7 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hall (BYU) - 320 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: H. Unga (BYU) - 20 CAR, 149 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. Johnson (UNLV) - 6 REC, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Unga's 149 yards power Brigham Young past UNLV

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Harvey Unga, Max Hall and No. 18 BYU put up some big numbers Saturday night at overmatched UNLV's expense.

Unga ran for three touchdowns and 149 yards, and Hall completed 21 of 27 passes for 320 yards and two more scores in BYU's 59-21 victory. The Cougars (5-1, 2-0 Mountain West) gained 611 yards and led by double digits for the final 48 minutes.

Fast Facts

• BYU improved to 8-0 in road games vs. UNLV as Max Hall recorded his fourth 300-yard passing game this season.

• For the first time in his last nine games, Hall did not throw an interception.

• Harvey Unga rushed for three touchdowns, recording his third straight game with 100 or more rushing yards.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"I thought the team played well and played a complete game," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "We improved in a lot of areas.

UNLV coach Mike Sanford fell to 13-40 in five seasons with the Rebels (2-4, 0-2).

"First thing is to give BYU credit," Sanford said. "They are a very good football team. They are the 18th-ranked football team in the country and played like it."

The Rebels scored 5 minutes into the second half on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Omar Clayton to Michael Johnson to make it 24-14, but BYU only needed four plays to respond.

Hall's 35-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta put the Cougars back up by 17 and the Rebels weren't a threat again. BYU added a 1-yard run from Jo Jo Pili and a 15-yard touchdown pass to JJ Di Luigi for a 45-14 lead at the end of the quarter.

"Max is the cornerstone of this team and this offense," Unga said. "Hes a great leader. He is one of those quality guys who can lead team during crunch time."

Unga scored all three of his touchdowns in the first 20 minutes, breaking free for a 52-yard run with 11:12 to play in the second quarter to give BYU a 24-7 lead.

Unga also ran it in from 33 yards and 1 yard and Mitch Payne added a 28-yard field goal.

"[Unga] is a different type of ball player. He makes everything look easy," Mendenhall said.

BYU, which entered averaging 34 points and 432 yards per game, took advantage of a UNLV defense that surrendered 773 yards last week in a 63-28 loss at Nevada.

The consecutive poor performances could cost Sanford his job. He spent parts of his postgame media conference answering questions about his future.

"Coach Sanford will make sure all of our focus is on the next game," Clayton said. "Those other things are out of our control."

The Cougars have scored 136 points to win their three games since a 54-28 loss to Florida State on Sept. 19.

Unga is still upset about that loss.

"Florida State is a real great team and they beat us by playing their game," Unga said. "I just wish we could play them again."

A 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Deante' Purvis gave the Rebels their only points in the first half. It was UNLV's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 1999.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2717
Total Yards611337
3rd Down Conversions8-116-12
4th Down Conversions0-00-1

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders

Di Luigi66711.2138

Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

FG05:20Mitch Payne 28 Yd 30
TD03:36Harvey Unga 33 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick) 100
TD13:18Harvey Unga 1 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick) 170
TD13:05Deante' Purvis 94 Yd Kickoff Return (Kyle Watson Kick) 177
TD11:12Harvey Unga 52 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick) 247
TD10:20Michael Johnson 75 Yd Pass From Omar Clayton (Kyle Watson Kick) 2414
TD08:33Dennis Pitta 35 Yd Pass From Max Hall (Mitch Payne Kick) 3114
TD04:41Jo Jo Pili 1 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick) 3814
TD02:44J.J. Di Luigi 15 Yd Pass From Max Hall (Mitch Payne Kick) 4514
TD13:40Rodelin Anthony 4 Yd Pass From Omar Clayton (Kyle Watson Kick) 4521
TD13:17Riley Nelson 2 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick) 5221
TD08:17J.J. Di Luigi 2 Yd Run (Mitch Payne Kick) 5921