The Essential FSM Recap: UNLV vs San Diego State – 10/26



UNLV Football Starting Quarterback Kenyon Oblad went 21-39 for 255 yards and two touchdowns as UNLV fell 20-17 to drop to 2-6 (0-4 in the Mountain West) on the season. The Rebels are tied with New Mexico as the only winless teams in Mountain West conference play, but the only winless team in the Mountain West-West DivisionSan Diego State improved to 7-1 (4-1 in the Mountain West) on the season.


UNLV fell behind quickly as San Diego State went 90 on eight plays capped by a 49-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Agnew to wide receiver Ethan Dedeaux to make it 7-0. The Rebels then went three-and-out on two straight drives but had their punt blocked deep in the endzone on the latter. This blocked punt resulted in a touchdown for the Aztecs that put SDSU up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Fast forward to three minutes remaining in the first half, and as San Diego State was driving, the Rebels managed to limit them to a field goal, which made the score 17-0 SDSU.

And then they woke up…

The Rebels drove 75 yards in five plays aided by wide receiver Tyleek Collins running east-to-west to get the first down on a 3rd and 21. The result was a 28-yard reception. Kenyon Oblad capped off the drive with a deep touchdown pass to receiver Randal Grimes for 58 yards with 1:26 remaining in the game. The score now stood at 17-7 San Diego State at the half.


The second half started fast for UNLV as Oblad passed nine times for 29 yards. This drive was aided by a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Aztecs that helped the Rebels get down to the Aztec 5-yard line to attempt a 22-yard field goal. The score was now 17-10 SDSU, with 8:34 remaining in the third quarter. The Aztecs would answer at the end of the third quarter on a drive consisting of five passes and four runs combined for 54 yards. From the UNLV 17 yard line, the Aztecs converted a field goal, which made the score 20-10 entering the fourth.

The fourth quarter began with an SDSU drive to the UNLV 25. The drive was abruptly cut short when Rebel Defensive Back Jericho Flowers intercepted Aztec Quarterback Ryan Agnew. The Rebels drove the ball to the other end down to the SDSU two-yard line, after Flowers’ interception. Running back Charles Williams had a big gain of 42 yards on the ground, outrunning several Aztec defenders along the way. An Oblad touchdown pass to Tight End Giovanni Fauolo capped this drive off as UNLV came within four points, 20-17, with 5:57 left in the game.


Unfortunately, a couple of early false starts and timeouts were sacrificed early in the third quarter. These mistakes and loss of timeouts hurt the Rebels as they got the ball back with 3:44 left to play following a big third-down defensive stop. The Rebels drove to the SDSU 25-yard line via a Charles Williams 11 yard rush and a significant Oblad completion on a fourth and 24 to wide receiver Randal Grimes for 42 yards.

The Rebels would gain a total of 13 yards in the next five plays, and Daniel Gutierrez came on for a potential game-tying field goal. He would miss it from 42-yards out after hitting the right upright. This miss was Gutierrez‘s first missed field goal of the season from 40-49 yards.

UNLV Football Head Coach Tony Sanchez said after the loss that the team needs to take the rest of the schedule one game at a time.


    • UNLV’s leading receiver was Randal Grimes, who had five receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown.
    • The Rebels leading rusher was Charles Williams, who had 19 carries for 115 yards, with a long of 42.
    • Punter Hayes Hicken ended his night with five punts for 230 yards, and kicker Daniel Gutierrez was 1-2 on field goals and 2/2 on extra points.
    • UNLV’s leading tackler was Middle Linebacker Farrell Hester II, who had 11 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
    • Rebel Defensive Back Jericho Flowers ended his night with two total tackles and an interception, while linebacker RayShad Jackson had eight total tackles, one sack and three tackles for loss.
    • San Diego State’s Starting Quarterback Ryan Agnew went 14-23 for 185 yards with one interception and a touchdown.
    • The Aztecs leading rusher was Juwan Washington, who had 16 carries for 92 yards and no touchdowns.
    • SDSU’s leading receiver was Kobe Smith, who ended his night with seven receptions for 78 yards.


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