BYU
UNLV
59 - 21 Final
  for this game

Unga runs for 3 TDs, BYU beats UNLV 59-21

Oct 11, 2009 - 6:28 AM LAS VEGAS(AP) -- Harvey Unga, Max Hall and No. 18 BYU put up some big numbers Saturday night at overmatched UNLV's expense.

Unga ran for three touchdowns and 149 yards, and Hall completed 21 of 27 passes for 320 yards and two more scores in BYU's 59-21 victory. The Cougars (5-1, 2-0 Mountain West) gained 611 yards and led by double digits for the final 48 minutes.

"I thought the team played well and played a complete game," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "We improved in a lot of areas.

UNLV coach Mike Sanford fell to 13-40 in five seasons with the Rebels (2-4, 0-2).

"First thing is to give BYU credit," Sanford said. "They are a very good football team. They are the 18th-ranked football team in the country and played like it."

The Rebels scored 5 minutes into the second half on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Omar Clayton to Michael Johnson to make it 24-14, but BYU only needed four plays to respond.

Hall's 35-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta put the Cougars back up by 17 and the Rebels weren't a threat again. BYU added a 1-yard run from Jo Jo Pili and a 15-yard touchdown pass to JJ Di Luigi for a 45-14 lead at the end of the quarter.

"Max is the cornerstone of this team and this offense," Unga said. "Hes a great leader. He is one of those quality guys who can lead team during crunch time."

Unga scored all three of his touchdowns in the first 20 minutes, breaking free for a 52-yard run with 11:12 to play in the second quarter to give BYU a 24-7 lead.

Unga also ran it in from 33 yards and 1 yard and Mitch Payne added a 28-yard field goal.

"(Unga) is a different type of ball player. He makes everything look easy," Mendenhall said.

BYU, which entered averaging 34 points and 432 yards per game, took advantage of a UNLV defense that surrendered 773 yards last week in a 63-28 loss at Nevada.

The consecutive poor performances could cost Sanford his job. He spent parts of his postgame media conference answering questions about his future.

"Coach Sanford will make sure all of our focus is on the next game," Clayton said. "Those other things are out of our control."

The Cougars have scored 136 points to win their three games since a 54-28 loss to Florida State on Sept. 19.

Unga is still upset about that loss.

"Florida State is a real great team and they beat us by playing their game," Unga said. "I just wish we could play them again."

A 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Deante' Purvis gave the Rebels their only points in the first half. It was UNLV's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 1999.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BYU 10 14 21 14 59
    UNLV 0 7 7 7 21 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BYU - FG, MITCH PAYNE 28 YD, 9:40. BYU
    3-0
    BYU - TD, HARVEY UNGA 33 YD RUN (MITCH
    PAYNE KICK), 11:24. BYU 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: BYU - TD, HARVEY UNGA 1 YD RUN (MITCH
    PAYNE

    Oct 11 12:59 AM


  • NCAAF
    BYU 59
    UNLV 21 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Oct 11 12:59 AM


  • NCAAF
    BYU 59
    UNLV 21 8:17 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    BYU(18) 59, UNLV 21  4th - 8:17Oct 11 12:46 AM


  • NCAAF
    BYU 52
    UNLV 21 13:17 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    BYU(18) 52, UNLV 21  4th - 13:17Oct 11 12:34 AM


  • NCAAF
    BYU 45
    UNLV 21 13:40 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    BYU(18) 45, UNLV 21  4th - 13:40Oct 11 12:28 AM


  • NCAAF
    BYU 45
    UNLV 14 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Oct 11 12:22 AM


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    BYU 45
    UNLV 14 2:44 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    BYU(18) 45, UNLV 14  3rd - 2:44Oct 11 12:13 AM


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    BYU 38
    UNLV 14 4:41 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    BYU(18) 38, UNLV 14  3rd - 4:41Oct 11 12:06 AM


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    BYU 31
    UNLV 14 8:33 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    BYU(18) 31, UNLV 14  3rd - 8:33Oct 10 11:55 PM


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    BYU 24
    UNLV 14 10:20 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    BYU(18) 24, UNLV 14  3rd - 10:20Oct 10 11:50 PM


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    BYU 24
    UNLV 7 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Oct 10 11:24 PM


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    BYU 24
    UNLV 7 11:12 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    BYU(18) 24, UNLV 7  2nd - 11:12Oct 10 10:55 PM


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    UNLV 7 13:05 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    BYU(18) 17, UNLV 7  2nd - 13:05Oct 10 10:51 PM


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    BYU 17
    UNLV 0 13:18 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    BYU(18) 17, UNLV 0  2nd - 13:18Oct 10 10:47 PM


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    BYU 10
    UNLV 0 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Oct 10 10:42 PM


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    BYU 10
    UNLV 0 3:36 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    BYU(18) 10, UNLV 0  1st - 3:36Oct 10 10:33 PM


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    BYU 3
    UNLV 0 5:20 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    BYU(18) 3, UNLV 0  1st - 5:20Oct 10 10:24 PM
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