Rebels Fall in Conference Opener
The UNLV football team hung tough for awhile against #20 Utah on Saturday afternoon, but the Utes pulled away in the second half to win 38-10 in the Mountain West Conference opener for both schools at Rice Eccles Stadium. Utah (2-0, 1-0 MWC) won its 19th consecutive home game and improved to 14-2 all-time against the Rebels (0-2, 0-1,) including 8-0 at home. The score was tied 3-3 until late in the second quarter, when the Utes got a three-yard TD run by Eddie Wide, followed by a 20-yard TD pass from quarterback Terrance Cain to Jerome Brooks to take a 17-3 halftime lead. Utah blew the game open on its opening series of the third quarter, as Cain tossed a 55-yard TD strike to Shaky Smithson to make the score 24-3. The Rebels got their only touchdown of the game on a blocked punt, returned 19 yards by Tim Hasson to pull within 24-10. But it was all Utes from there, as Smithson returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter, and Wide added a 13-yard TD run in the fourth for the final margin. UNLV quarterback Omar Clayton completed 18-of-37 passes for 217 yards, but the Rebel offense was shut down for most of the day. The Rebels continue to search for their first win under new head coach Bobby Hauck this Saturday night as they travel to Idaho.