LAS VEGAS (AP) — Johnny Stanton was 10 of 12 for 217 yards and he threw three touchdown passes to Devonte Boyd to help UNLV beat FCS-level Jackson State 63-13 on Thursday night.
It was the Rebels’ first season-opening victory since 2009 when they beat Sacramento State.
On the third play from scrimmage, Boyd caught a pass over the middle and raced for a 56-yard touchdown. After Troy Hawthorne intercepted LaMontiez Ivy’s pass on Jacksonville State’s first offensive play, UNLV needed just two plays for Boyd to score from 32 yards out.
Jackson State answered with a 14-play, 75-yard drive ending in Tevin Garrett’s 11-yard TD catch to pull to 14-7. But UNLV scored the next 28 points, including senior David Greene’s first career TD, for a 42-10 lead at halftime.
Charles Williams ran for 96 yards and one touchdown, and Lexington Thomas added 68 yards and two TDs for UNLV (1-0). Boyd finished with 135 yards receiving.
Ivy threw for 134 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Jackson State (0-1).
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