LAS VEGAS – After a heartbreaking 30-27 triple overtime loss to Minnesota last week, the Rebels were looking for a litle easier game against FCS opponent Northern Arizona on Saturday Night. The Lumberjacks had other plans as kicker Andy Wilder hit a game-winning 33-yard field goal with 12 seconds to go shocking UNLV 17-14 on Saturday night. It was Northern Arizona’s (1-1) first win over an FBS team in 25 years.
After UNLV (0-2) was charged with a personal foul, Northern Arizona quarterback Chase Cartwright hooked up with Ify Umodo on a 30-yard strike to give the Lumberjacks a first down with 21 seconds to go on the Rebels 16. The play gave Wilder a chance to play hero and he did so. Zach Bauman carried the ball 20 times for 109 yards and a touchdown, the only offensive TD of the night for the Lumberjacks.
The Rebels defeated Northern Arizona 40-7 the last time these two teams hooked up in 1992. UNLV led 14-0 at half time before the Lumberjacks scored 17 unanswered points for the upset victory. This is the second year in a row the Rebels have lost to an FCS opponent, losing to Southern Utah 41-16 at home in week four of the 2011 season.