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Rick Wright's Live Blog From UNM-UNLV

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Final score: UNLV 35, New Mexico 7. Lobos drop to 4-6 on the season, 1-4 in Mountain West Conference play. Look for the Journal’s coverage in the Sunday editions and online.

Rebels RB Bradley Randle breaks a 58-yard TD run, giving UNLV a 35-7 lead with 3 minutes and change remaining. Heading down for interview, will update with final score.

A Cole Gautsche pass is intercepted in the end zone, but the Lobos’ Tevin Newman returns the favor two plays later. Cole Gautsche stopped on 4th down, Rebels take over leading 28-7 with 5:10 left in the game.

Disaster strikes New Mexico on the final play of the 3rd quarter. Lobos cornerback Devonta Tabannah misses a tackle, enabling UNLV’s Devante Davis to go 75 yards with a Nick Sherry pass. Rebels lead 28-7 as the 4th Q begins.

… Lobos force another punt, take over at their 20 with 5:47 left in the 3rd Q.

…New Mexico drives 77 yards on nine plays, narrowing the Rebels’ lead to 21-7 with 9:16 left in the 3rd Q. Beautiful execution of the option by Cole Gautsche.

Lobos force a punt for the first time all afternoon, take over at their 23 with 13:32 left in 3rd Q.


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Second half under way. Rebels ball.

Stat sheet: UNLV 351 yards total offense, UNM 119. All the Lobos’ yards came on the ground. Rebels have 162 rushing, 189 passing. UNM’s Kasey Carrier held to 36 yards on 10 carries.

New Mexico’s Matt Raymer intercepts a Nick Sherry pass near the UNM goal line halting a UNLV drive as the first half ends. Earlier, Lobos drove from their own 28 to the UNLV 32 but turned the ball over on downs. At halftime it’s 21-0 Rebels.
…UNLV’s run-pass balance is ripping up the Lobos. Rebels go
97 yards in 3 plays, leads 21-0 with 6:56 left in 1st half. Key play: a 63-yard run by Tim Cornett.

… UNLV drives 78 yards on 11 plays, leads 14-0 with 11:21 left in 1st half. Complete defensive breakdown by Lobos on 18-yard TD pass
…After 1 quarter, it’s Rebels 7, Lobos 0. UNLV dominates with 148 yards total offense to UNM’s 54.
…Rebels break on top. Tim Cornett scores from 17 yards out, capping an 80-yard drive. UNLV leads 7-0 with 4:37 left

…Lobos drive 31 yards to the Rebel 38 but stall. UNLV ball oni its own 20 with 7:10 left in 1st Q.
… On a play first ruled down by contact, lobos recover a fumble and stop a promising Rebel drive.
… Lobos will get the ball first. And here we go.
…This might be the smallest crowd I’ve ever seen at an NCAA FBS game. Scary.

…Good afternoon from Las Vegas, Nev.,’where the New Mexico Lobos and the UNLV Rebels will tee it up in about 15 minutes. I’ll be blogging at the quarter and halftime breaks, with score updates, trends and whatever else is interesting. Picture-perfect weather here at Sam Boyd Stadium.