UNLV beats Wyoming, keeps bowl hopes alive
LAS VEGAS (AP)—Frank Summers ran for 75 yards and the go-ahead touchdown and UNLV beat Wyoming 22-14 on Thursday night, keeping the Rebels’ bowl hopes alive while ending the Cowboys’ postseason bid.
The Rebels (5-6, 2-5 Mountain West) need a victory at San Diego State on Nov. 22 to become bowl eligible. They last played in a bowl game in 2000.
UNLV improved to 2-0 under freshman quarterback Mike Clausen. He was 16-of-30 for 138 yards and a touchdown and ran for 52 yards on 13 carries.
Devin Moore led Wyoming (4-7, 1-6) with 91 yards rushing.
Wyoming’s Chris Stutzriem was 12-of-21 for 143 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions, the last by Quinton Pointer in the end zone with 4:52 left as the Cowboys went for the potential tying points.
The Cowboys’ Brandon Stewart also fumbled a punt return that was recovered by UNLV’s Terrance Lee with 1:41 left.
Summers’ 1-yard touchdown around the right side on the first play of the fourth quarter gave the Rebels a 15-14 lead. Summers carried the ball eight times for 25 yards on the drive. The touchdown was set up by a pass on a fake punt from Dack Ishii to Jerriman Robinson for 19 yards to the Wyoming 30.
On UNLV’s following offensive drive, Clausen throw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Rodelin Anthony to make it 22-14 with 12:15 left in the game.
The Cowboys, coming off a victory at Tennessee five days earlier, took a 14-9 lead on Stutzriem’s 28-yard pass to Chris Johnson on a scramble to the right with 12:34 left in the third quarter.
The Rebels led 9-7 at intermission, with Kyle Watson making field goals for 38, 36 and 38 yards. Wyoming took a 7-3 lead on Stutzriem 8-yard lob pass to Greg Bolling in the left corner on the first play of the second quarter.
UNLV beat Wyoming for the first time since 2003 to take the series lead 9-8.