Lexington Thomas had a career-high 190 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Armani Rogers and Devonte Boyd had the longest pass play in school history and UNLV bounced back from one of the biggest upsets in college history with a 44-16 win over Idaho on Saturday night.
Thomas helped the Rebels, who lost 43-40 to 45-point underdog Howard at home last weekend, take control with touchdown runs of 60, 1 and 62 yards in the third quarter for a 34-10 lead.
After an Idaho touchdown, Armani hit Rogers for a 94-yard catch and run, a Rebel record by seven yards.
Armani was 10-of-16 passing for 193 yards and had his first career rushing touchdown in the first half when the Rebels (1-1) took a 10-3 lead. Boyd had two catches for 103 yards, giving him a school record 13 100-yard games and 2,838 career yards, second in program history.
Matt Linehan was 22 of 34 for 261 yards and a touchdown for Idaho (1-1), which had its six-game winning streak snapped. Jacob Sannon caught 11 passes for 109 yards, both career highs.
Utah 19, BYU 13
PROVO, Utah Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley combined for 389 total yards and a touchdown as the Utes beat rival BYU.
The victory was the seventh straight in the series for Utah (2-0) and 16th in the last 19.
Huntley did everything but block for the Utes’ offense as he finished with a career-high 300 passing yards and 89 rushing yards. He continues to give up on the pass a little too often, but the dual-threat consistently makes plays in Utah’s new pass-first, spread system. Utah reached the red zone seven times, but settled for field goals on four of those trips. The final trip ended in kneel-downs to end the game. Darren Carrington led the team in receiving for the second consecutive week with seven catches and 129 yards.
The BYU (1-2) offense continued its early season struggles with turnovers and penalties killing any momentum. Tanner Mangum was 21 for 39 with 170 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The Cougars didn’t have much luck during the game – one of the interceptions was tipped by defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei right into the gut of defensive end Filipo Mokofisi – but they still couldn’t move the ball. Mangum threw a seven-yard touchdown to Trey Dye to cut the lead to 19-13 with 2:38 remaining, but it was too little, too late.
Southern Oregon 41, College of Idaho 25
Caldwell A sloppy College of Idaho committed four turnovers and did not convert a single third down in a 41-25 loss to Southern Oregon.
The Coyotes cut the lead to 20-14 going into halftime, but the Raiders (2-0, 2-0 Frontier) pulled away in the second half.
Southern Oregon quarterback Tanner Trosin threw for 285 yards and four touchdowns, and Bronson Ader caught four passes for 153 yards and two scores. Austin May added 67 yards on the ground.
Darius James-Peterson finished with 256 yards for C of I (0-3, 0-2) but threw two interceptions. He also had 58 yards rushing and two scores. Mike Kirby (Centennial High) added 54 yards rushing and one touchdown. The Coyotes offense went 0 for 11 on third down and 1 for 4 on fourth.
C of I hosts Eastern Oregon at 1 p.m. on September 16.