BYU kicked off the second half by scoring a touchdown on its first possession. Devin Mahina caught a 15-yard touchdown after charging into the end zone while dragging the UNLV defender. The Cougars went up 28-13 over the Rebels with 13:25 left in the third quarter.
Logan Taele played tough defense in the third quarter. He tipped a pass to stop the Rebels from converting on third down. After UNLV recovered BYU’s fumbled punt return, Taele had a quarterback hurry that prevented UNLV from scoring a touchdown. The Rebels were held to a 33-yard field goal, making the score 28-16 with 11:11 left in the third.
Paul Lasike scored his third touchdown of the game after a 26-yard reception to put the Cougars up 35-16 with 5:42 left in the third quarter. This is Lasike’s first game scoring three or more touchdowns. Christian Stewart set up the touchdown after keeping the ball for a 25-yard run.
The Rebels answered back with a touchdown from 4th-and-7 after a 40-yard reception from Devonte Boyd to make the score 35-22 with 1:57 left in the third quarter. UNLV made up lost yards from an intentional grounding penalty when back-up quarterback Jared Lebowitz’s pass was complete to Keith Whitely for 22 yards.
Mitch Mathews scored his first touchdown of the game after an 8-yard reception from Stewart. A 35-yard reception by Jordan Leslie set the Cougars up. BYU went up 42-22 with 1:31 left in the third quarter.