Lobos Take Early Lead Before Falling 45-10 to UNLV Rebels
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/26/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 26, 2010

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Lobo Football
UNLV 45, Lobos 10
Up Next: UTEP at New Mexico, 4 p.m., Saturday, University Stadium

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The University of New Mexico Lobos scored first and last Saturday night in a Mountain West Conference game against the UNLV Rebels, however, the Rebs threw out 45 points between Lobo points to roll to a 45-10 victory.

UNM's Tarean Austin got his first start as a Lobo and the freshman didn't disappoint anyone early as he ripped a 48-yard pass to Bryant Williams. The Lobo receiver had slipped behind two UNLV defenders, made the grab, and jogged untouched into the end zone. A James Aho conversion made it 7-0 and the young Lobos led a football game for the first time this season.

The Lobos' scored at the 6:52 mark of the first quarter, but that lead was short lived as Vegas scored less than three minutes later on a 3-yard run by Channing Trotter. The Rebs struck again before the first quarter ended, added 14 more point in the second quarter, and rolled to their first victory of the 2010 season. The Rebs jumped to 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in MWC play. UNM slides to 0-4 and 0-2.

The Lobos will look to reach the win column this coming Saturday when the UTEP Miners visit University Stadium for New Mexico's homecoming game. The Miners beat Memphis Saturday night in El Paso.

The Rebs took the lead for good at the end of the first quarter on two passes that took UNLV bounces. The first was an Austin pass that was deflected and ended up in the hands of Reb Mike Clausen, who returned the pick 18 yards to the New Mexico 22-yard line.

The Rebs got another fortunate bounce when a pass by UNLV quarterback Omar Clayton bounced out of the hands of a Reb receiver near the UNM goal line and softly came down into the hands of Reb Michael Johnson -- five yards in the end zone.

Johnson seemed to be in the right place at the right time all night for UNLV. The 5-foot-8 junior pulled in eight passes on the night for 138 yards. He scored three TDs against the Lobos.

UNM's Austin went 17-of-40 vs. UNLV for 177 yards and the one score to Williams. Clayton had a big night for the Rebels going 14-of-20 for 194 yards and three TDs. UNM's Spence Merritt had ten tackles and Lobos Carmen Messina and Bubba Forrest each had nine tackles.

The Rebs rolled out 415 total yards against UNM with 185 coming on the ground and 230 in the air. The Lobos once again hurt their cause losing the turnover battle 3-to-0. Austin was picked off twice and UNM lost a fumble. UNM also was penalized nine times.

The Lobos had 291 total yards with 114 on the ground and 177 via the pass. The Rebs registered four sacks against UNM and Austin, who played the whole game.

The Rebs went into the game looking to establish a rushing game against the Lobos and fared well picking up their 185 yards on 39 carries for a solid 4.7 average per carry. UNM's Demond Dennis had a solid running game picking up 88 yards on 13 carries. Chris Hernandez was UNM's top receiver for the game with seven grabs for 77 yards. UNM's Lucas Reed had four catches for 22 yards.

Any hope for a Lobo comeback ended in the third quarter when Vegas threw up another 14 points on the board to take a commanding 42-10 lead. UNM ended the scoring with 20 seconds left to play when Aho banged in a field goal from 42 yards.