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Arkansas State 43, Nevada-Las Vegas 17

LAS VEGAS - Logan Bonner passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to help Arkansas State beat UNLV 43-17 for interim coach David Duggan's first collegiate victory.

Duggan, who was named Arkansas State's defensive coordinator in January, was given the interim tag when head coach Blake Anderson took a leave of absence after his wife Wendy passed away on Aug. 19.

Bonner was 22-of-37 passing for 284 yards and scored on a 1-yard run. Omar Bayless had six receptions for 149 yards, including a 71-yard catch and run for a touchdown, and Ryan Graham ran for 103 yards and a score on 12 carries for Arkansas State (1-1).

On the third play from scrimmage, Jeremy Smith picked off a pass from Armani Rogers and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown and, after UNLV went three-and-out, Blake Grupe's 26-yard field goal gave Arkansas State a 10-0 lead with 4:40 left in the first quarter.

The Rebels answered with a 16-play, 64-yard drive but had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Daniel Guttierez but Arkansas State scored the next 23 points, capped by Kirk Merritt's 37-yard TD catch, to take a 30-3 lead with 12:30 left in the third quarter.

Charles Williams had 168 yards rushing and a score on 19 carries for UNLV (1-1). Rogers completed 8 of 23 for 42 yards with an interception and was sacked six times, finishing with just 4 yards rushing on 17 carries.

Associated Press


September 7, 2019

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