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UNLV wins 28-24 over San Diego State

Nov 29, 2009 - 5:34 AM LAS VEGAS(AP) -- UNLV's Omar Clayton threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Payne with 1:24 to play on Saturday night to give the Rebels a 28-24 come-from-behind victory against San Diego State in the season finale for both Mountain West Conference schools.

UNLV (5-7, 3-5) trailed 24-7 early in the third quarter before closing the game with 21 unanswered points for the win in coach Mike Sanford's final game. Sanford was fired last week after six seasons, but was allowed to coach in the final game.

Clayton started the rally for UNLV with a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:48 to play in the third quarter. Defensive back Terrance Lee trimmed the deficit to three points in the initial minute of the fourth quarter, returning an interception 40-yards for a score.

UNLV kicker Kyle Watson missed a 37-yard field goal with 3:29 to play that would have tied the game. The Rebels then forced San Diego State to punt and the received the ball near midfield with 1:58 left.

Clayton found Jerriman Robinson for a 35-yard completion on the first play of the drive to bring the ball to the San Diego State 17. He connected with Payne, who caught five passes for 107 yards, for the game winner on the next play.

After giving up a 29-yard touchdown run to UNLV's C.J. Trotter in the game's initial two minutes, San Diego State (4-8, 2-6) scored 24 unanswered points and appeared headed toward snapping a three-game losing streak.

Luke Laolagi returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown with 1:45 to play in the first quarter to give San Diego State a 14-7 lead. It was the sixth straight season San Diego State has had an interception return for a touchdown against UNLV.

Quarterback Ryan Lindley, who passed for 336 yards, started the San Diego State scoring with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Robert Wallace midway through the first quarter. Brand Sullivan added a 1-yard touchdown run for the Aztecs in building the double-digit lead.






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    San Diego State 24, UNLV 28  FinalNov 29 9:02 AM


  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN DIEGO ST 14 7 3 0 24
    UNLV 7 0 7 14 28 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: UNLV - TD, CHANNING TROTTER 29 YD
    RUN (KYLE WATSON KICK), 1:18.
    UNLV 7-0
    SAN DIEGO ST - TD, ROBERTO WALLACE 15 YD
    PASS FROM RYAN LINDLEY (LANE
    YOSHIDA KICK), 7:14. SAN
    DIEGO ST 7-7
    SAN DIEGO ST - T

    Nov 29 12:20 AM


  • NCAAF
    TD UNLV
    PHILLIP PAYNE 17 YD PASS FROM OMAR CLAYTON
    (KYLE WATSON KICK)
    SAN DIEGO ST 24
    UNLV 28 1:24 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    San Diego State 24, UNLV 28  4th - 1:24Nov 29 12:10 AM
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    San Diego State 24, UNLV 28  4th - 1:24Nov 29 12:10 AM


  • NCAAF
    SAN DIEGO ST 24
    UNLV 21 13:35 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    San Diego State 24, UNLV 21  4th - 13:35Nov 28 11:35 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN DIEGO ST 14 7 3 24
    UNLV 7 0 7 14 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: UNLV - TD, CHANNING TROTTER 29 YD
    RUN (KYLE WATSON KICK), 1:18.
    UNLV 7-0
    SAN DIEGO ST - TD, ROBERTO WALLACE 15 YD
    PASS FROM RYAN LINDLEY (LANE
    YOSHIDA KICK), 7:14. SAN
    DIEGO ST 7-7
    SA

    San Diego State 24, UNLV 14  End of 3rdNov 28 11:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD UNLV
    TERRANCE LEE 40 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (KYLE WATSON KICK)
    SAN DIEGO ST 24
    UNLV 21 13:35 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    San Diego State 24, UNLV 21  4th - 13:35Nov 28 11:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD UNLV
    OMAR CLAYTON 7 YD RUN
    (KYLE WATSON KICK)
    SAN DIEGO ST 24
    UNLV 14 6:48 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    San Diego State 24, UNLV 14  3rd - 6:48Nov 28 11:20 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG SAN DIEGO ST
    LANE YOSHIDA 26 YD
    SAN DIEGO ST 24
    UNLV 7 9:39 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    San Diego State 24, UNLV 7  3rd - 9:39Nov 28 11:00 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN DIEGO ST 14 7 21
    UNLV 7 0 7 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: UNLV - TD, CHANNING TROTTER 29 YD
    RUN (KYLE WATSON KICK), 1:18.
    UNLV 7-0
    SAN DIEGO ST - TD, ROBERTO WALLACE 15 YD
    PASS FROM RYAN LINDLEY (LANE
    YOSHIDA KICK), 7:14. SAN
    DIEGO ST 7-7
    SAN DIEGO

    Nov 28 10:45 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SAN DIEGO ST
    BRANDON SULLIVAN 1 YD RUN
    (LANE YOSHIDA KICK)
    SAN DIEGO ST 21
    UNLV 7 3:36 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    San Diego State 21, UNLV 7  2nd - 3:36Nov 28 10:15 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN DIEGO ST 14 14
    UNLV 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: UNLV - TD, CHANNING TROTTER 29 YD
    RUN (KYLE WATSON KICK), 1:18.
    UNLV 7-0
    SAN DIEGO ST - TD, ROBERTO WALLACE 15 YD
    PASS FROM RYAN LINDLEY (LANE
    YOSHIDA KICK), 7:14. SAN
    DIEGO ST 7-7
    SA

    Nov 28 9:50 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SAN DIEGO ST
    LUKE LAOLAGI 55 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (LANE YOSHIDA KICK)
    SAN DIEGO ST 14
    UNLV 7 1:45 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    San Diego State 14, UNLV 7  1st - 1:45Nov 28 9:50 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SAN DIEGO ST
    ROBERTO WALLACE 15 YD PASS FROM RYAN LINDLEY
    (LANE YOSHIDA KICK)
    SAN DIEGO ST 7
    UNLV 7 7:46 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    San Diego State 7, UNLV 7  1st - 7:46Nov 28 9:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD UNLV
    CHANNING TROTTER 29 YD RUN
    (KYLE WATSON KICK)
    SAN DIEGO ST 0
    UNLV 7 13:42 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    San Diego State 0, UNLV 7  1st - 13:42Nov 28 9:15 PM