Game-by-Game Review
GAME 610.10.09 Las Vegas, NV (The mtn.)

59

21

NO. 18 BYU
UNLV

Game 6 vs. New Mexico

Led by Harvey Unga’s 149 yards rushing and Max Hall’s 320 yards passing, No. 18 BYU crushed UNLV, 59-21, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The team scored early and consistently over the entire game to reach double-digit points in every quarter for the first time since 2006 and only the second time since 1982. The Cougars scored on their first four possessions and never looked back. After driving 70 yards for a 28-yard Mitch Payne field goal on their first drive, the Cougars quickly increased the advantage to 10 points after getting the ball right back thanks to an athletic, one-handed interception by Jordan Pendleton. Two plays later, Unga raced 33 yards to the end zone for the first of his three first-half touchdowns. The MWC’s leading rusher added a one-yard score and a 52-yard gallop on BYU’s next two possessions to give BYU a 24-7 lead early in the second quarter. Senior safety Scott Johnson joined Pendleton with an interception in the first half, his first career pick and the first of two on the night. The Cougars scored three touchdowns on their four third-quarter possessions with a 35-yard catch by tight end Dennis Pitta, a one-yard run by running back Jo Jo Pili and a 15-yard reception by Di Luigi. O’Neill Chambers raced 97 yards on a kickoff return before being knocked out at the 2-yard line. Reserve quarterback Riley Nelson took his first snap of the game on the next play and used his legs to complete the one-play drive to put BYU up 52-21 with 13:17 remaining. Di Luigi scored a 2-yard touchdown with 8:17 left to complete the scoring.

TEAM STATS byu unlv
First Downs 27       17
Rushing Yards (Net) 43-291    19-45
Passing Yards (Net) 320 292
Passes Att-Comp-Int 27-21-0  41-25-3
Total Offense Play-Yrds. 70-611   60-337
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 4-31      0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-150    8-214
Interception Returns-Yards 3-1      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 2-37.5   5-44.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1      0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-50     6-35
Possession Time 35:09    24:51
Third-Down Conversions 8 of 11  6 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0  0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 6-6 1-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-18    0-0

SCORING SUMMARY
TEAM QTR. TIME PLAY PL-YRDS TOP
BYU 1st 5:20 Payne 28 yd FG 12-70 5:00
BYU 1st 3:36 Unga 33 yd run (kick) 2-36 1:09
BYU 2nd 13:18 Unga 1 yd run (kick) 8-64 3:40
UNLV 2nd 13:05 Purvis 94 yd kickoff return (kick) N/A N/A
BYU 2nd 11:12 Unga 52 yd run (kick) 4-73 1:47
UNLV 3rd 10:20 Johnson, M. 75 pass Clayton (kick) 1-80 0:11
BYU 3rd 8:33 Pitta 35 yd pass Hall (kick) 4-69 1:40
BYU 3rd 4:41 Pili 1 yd run (kick) 7-76 2:38
BYU 3rd 2:44 Di Luigi 15 yd pass Hall (kick) 2-58 0:35
UNLV 4th 13:40 Anthony 4 yd pass Clayton (kick) 10-75 3:56
BYU 4th 13:17 Nelson 2 yd run 1-2 0:05
BYU 4th 8:17 Di Luigi 2 yd run (kick) 7-57 3:54

SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 Final RECORD
No. 18 BYU 10 14 21 14 59 (5-1, 2-0)
UNLV 0 7 7 7 21  (2-4, 0-2)

INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING: (BYU) Unga 20-149; Di Luiji 6-67; Tonga 5-29; Kariya 3-19; Nelson 4-17; Pili 2-6; Hall 1-6. (UNLV) Clausen 5-17.

PASSING: (BYU) Hall 21-27-0-320. (UNLV) Clayton 20-32-2-253.

RECEIVING: (BYU) Tonga 5-62; George 3-61; Kariya 3-21; Pitta 2-60; Thompson 2-52; Chambers 2-27; Ashworth 2-9; Di Luigi 1-15; Hafoka 1-13. (UNLV) Wolfe 8-69. INTERCEPTIONS: (BYU) Johnson 2-1; Pendleton 1-0 (UNLV) None.

SACKS: (UA-A): (BYU) Clawson 2-0. (UNLV) None.

TACKLES: (UA-A): (BYU) Bills 4-0; Clawson 3-1; Rich 3-1; Bauman 2-2; Fuga 1-3; Bradley 2-1; Doman 2-1; Jorgensen 2-1; Pendleton 1-2; Johnson 1-2; Hunter 2-0;
Denney 2-0; Atkinson 1-1; Bell 1-1; Frazier 1-1; Hooks 1-1; So’oto 1-0; Fisher 1-0; Aguirre 1-0; Marshall 1-0; Mees 1-0; Uale 1-0; Mendenhall 0-1; Logan 0-1 (UNLV) Jones 5-5.

Attendance: 25,597

Brigham Young University – Athletic Creative Services © 2009