UNLV beats New Mexico, 27-20
LAS VEGAS (AP)—Backup redshirt freshman quarterback Mike Clausen threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns to lead UNLV over New Mexico 27-20 on Saturday night, keeping the Rebels’ bowl eligibility hopes alive and ending the Lobos’ bowl chances.
Also for UNLV (4-6, 1-5), Rodelin Anthony (55 yards receiving) scored two touchdowns. His first was a 10-yard jump-ball from Clausen in the left corner of the end zone with three seconds left in the half, cutting New Mexico’s lead to 14-13.
Anthony also picked up and ran in from 11 yards a blocked punt by teammate Deante Purvis, giving the Rebels a 27-17 lead with 13:32 left in the game.
Frank Summers (35 yards rushing) caught the go-ahead touchdown pass from Clausen from 4 yards around the right side on a 4th-and-2 with 5:52 left in the third quarter, 20-17.
Clausen, a lefty, was 17-of-34 with no interceptions. He replaced Omar Clayton, who sat out to a torn MCL in his right leg during a loss to No. 11 TCU 44-14 a week earlier.
UNLV needs to beat Wyoming at home next Thursday and San Diego State on the road Nov. 22 to become bowl eligible.
New Mexico (4-7, 2-5), led by Rodney Ferguson with 121 yards rushing and a touchdown on 27 carries, had two offensive possessions down 27-20 in the final 4:22.
Lobos quarterback Brad Gruner was 11-of-25 for 128 yards and one interception, which came on the final drive with 4 seconds left in the game at the UNLV 36-yard line by Ryan Tillman.
UNLV’s Ryan Wolfe caught for 100 yards on seven receptions. This was his ninth career game over 100 yards, putting him alone on the UNLV career list.
The Lobos had won the four previous games in the series and the last three in Las Vegas.
The Lobos went up 14-3 on a Bryan Williams’ 40-yard touchdown run down the right side and later Ferguson’s 5-yard touchdown run through the left side with 11:47 until halftime.
UNLV’s other first-half points came on field goals, a Ben Jaekle 52-yarder with 2:44 left in the first quarter, and a Kyle Watson 29-yarder with 7:39 until halftime.
Watson’s field goal was set up by a Quinton Pointer 77-yard interception. Pointer, who grabbed the pass of wide receiver Michael Scarlett (51 yards receiving) on a reverse, had an open field for a touchdown but stumbled to the ground 16 yards short. New Mexico ends the season at Colorado State next Saturday.