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UNLV vs Vanderbilt Game Recap

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UNLV Football earns a big win on Saturday, October 12th, against Vanderbilt.

The Rebels are now 1-0 over the Commodores in the history of the two teams, and they earned their first win over an SEC team in history. With this win, the Rebels moved to 2-4 on the season with six games remaining, while the Commodores fell to 1-5 on the season and remain in last place in the SEC East.

This game started with a bang as the Commodores marched 76-yards in eight plays and scored with their offensive standout, running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn on a four-yard run. The Rebels answered right back with a Charles Williams five-yard touchdown run of his own. Williams hadn’t scored a touchdown in the previous two weeks with his last one coming against Northwestern on September 14th.

The Rebel defense then did their job allowing only one first down and forcing Vanderbilt to throw an incomplete pass on fourth down. The Rebels made quick work out of the missed fourth-down conversion and drove 20 yards to the Vanderbilt 26 where kicker Daniel Gutierrez converted a 44-yard field goal. Vanderbilt would attempt to convert one of their own on their next drive, however, Commodore kicker-Ryley Guay missed and it only took UNLV two plays to score their second touchdown from the turnover on downs. This time Randal Grimes would break the coverage and haul in his second long touchdown pass of the year from Kenyon Oblad for 63-yards.

The score was now 17-7 UNLV, with 12:05 remaining in the first half.

On Vanderbilt’s ensuing drive, the Commodores would run three times and pass five gaining 41 yards to kick-and-convert a 48-yard field goal. The Rebels were right back in business. After finding tight end-Noah Bean earlier in the drive for 19 yards and a first down, Oblad found him again for a five-yard touchdown to bring the halftime score to 24-10 UNLV in Nashville.

The second half was quite different for both teams as UNLV would end up punting twice and Vanderbilt once. The Commodores‘ second drive of the second half was also uncharacteristic given how the first half went. Vanderbilt Quarterback Riley Neal threw an interception to UNLV linebacker Javin White, who returned it 44-yards to the Vanderbilt 11. However, the Vanderbilt defense would not give up anything to the Rebels and they forced UNLV to kick a 29-yard field goal.

What would follow for Vanderbilt was something that wasn’t in the cards for being down 17, but it was another costly turnover.

This time Vanderbilt fumbled at the UNLV 38 yard line and UNLV defensive lineman Nate Neal returned it for 25 yards to the Commodore 40. After getting down to the 14-yard line thanks to Kenyon Oblad converting a fourth-down, UNLV would score their final TD of the game as running back Chad Magyar got the first score of his career in only his second game. This time it was a 14-yard run for a touchdown.

On UNLV’s next drive, Quarterback-Kenyon Oblad would fumble at the Vanderbilt 49-yard line and the Commodores would recover. Vanderbilt did nothing with the gift and turned the ball over after four plays, only gaining three yards.

The final score was 34-10 UNLV.

UNLV starting quarterback Kenyon Oblad was 11-16 for 172 yards with a couple of touchdowns and a fumble. While running back Chad Magyar was the leading ball carrier with 22 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown, starting running back Charles Williams ending his night with 24 carries for 69 yards and a score.

Randal Grimes was the team’s leading receiver with three receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Noah Bean had four receptions for 45 yards and a score.

The Rebels also had a few standout defensive players with RayShad Jackson totaling nine tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, with a pass defense and one quarterback hurry. Linebacker Javin White ended his night with an interception, seven tackles, 0.5 sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss. Defensive-lineman Nate Neal ended with a fumble recovery.

While Vanderbilt switched up their quarterback after their first couple drives, the Commodoresstarter-Riley Neal was 11-25 for 104 yards and an interception.  Vanderbilt’s backup, Deuce Williams finished his night 5-16 for 36 yards. The Commodores leading rusher and receiver was Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who had 15 carries for 140 yards and a score. He also added one reception for 53 yards.

The Rebels have a short week as their next game is Friday, October 18th, with kick-off scheduled for 7:00 PM PST against Fresno State. This game is in Fresno, CA.



Kalin Sokell


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