GAMEDAY College Football

Fresno State 38, Nevada Las Vegas 30

(AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer

FRESNO, Calif. - Jake Haener threw four of his five touchdown passes in the second half to help No. 22 Fresno State rally from a 12-point deficit and beat winless UNLV 38-30.

The Bulldogs (4-1, 1-0 Mountain West) started slow in their return to the AP poll for the first time since 2018 before Haener once again took over the game in the second half.

One week after throwing for 455 yards, including a go-ahead TD pass with 14 seconds left to Jalen Cropper, in a 40-37 win at No. 13 UCLA, that combo delivered again.

Haener connected on scoring strikes of 4, 23 and 25 yards to Cropper on three straight possessions to turn a 21-9 deficit in to a 29-21 lead.

Then, after UNLV (0-4, 0-1) battled back to take a 30-29 lead on Daniel Gutierrez's 30-yard field goal with 6:38 to play, Haener and Cropper struck again with a 26-yard TD that made it 35-30 with 4:53 to play.

Haener finished the game 30 for 42 for 378 yards.

Arron Mosby then had a strip sack that Kwami Jones recovered, setting up a 31-yard field goal by Cesar Silva that made it 38-30 with 2:29 to play.

UNLV couldn't even get a first down on the next drive and dropped to 0-10 in two seasons under coach Marcus Arroyo.

The Rebels scored on their first two drives of the game on a 10-yard strike from Doug Brumfield to Steve Jenkins, and then a 1-yard run by Charles Williams that capped a 95-yard drive that made it 14-0.

Fresno State got going a bit in the second quarter but had to settle for a field goal after stalling inside the 10 and then finally getting into the end zone on Haener's 18-yard pass to Brooks with 32 seconds left in the half to make it 14-9.

But the Rebels scored on an 80-yard screen pass from Brumfield to Tyleek Collins on the first play of the second half.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UNLVFres
UNLV TD 10:00 Steve Jenkins 10 yd pass from Doug Brumfield (Daniel Gutierrez kick) 7 0
UNLV TD 1:16 Charles Williams 1 yd run (Daniel Gutierrez kick) 14 0
Second Quarter UNLVFres
Fres FG 11:38 Cesar Silva 25 yd FG 14 3
Fres TD 0:32 Erik Brooks 18 yd pass from Jake Haener (failed 2pt rush) 14 9
Third Quarter UNLVFres
UNLV TD 14:41 Tyleek Collins 80 yd pass from Doug Brumfield (Daniel Gutierrez kick) 21 9
Fres TD 7:35 Jalen Cropper 4 yd pass from Jake Haener (Cesar Silva kick) 21 16
Fres TD 3:47 Jalen Cropper 23 yd pass from Jake Haener (failed 2pt pass) 21 22
Fourth Quarter UNLVFres
Fres TD 12:21 Jalen Cropper 25 yd pass from Jake Haener (Cesar Silva kick) 21 29
UNLV TD 9:57 Courtney Reese 6 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 27 29
UNLV FG 6:38 Daniel Gutierrez 30 yd FG 30 29
Fres TD 4:53 Jalen Cropper 26 yd pass from Jake Haener (failed 2pt pass) 30 35
Fres FG 2:29 Cesar Silva 31 yd FG 30 38
Team Stats
  UNLV Fresno State
First downs 18 23
  Rushing 8 6
  Passing 8 16
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 3-11, 27%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 36-152 23-83
Passing Yards 281 378
Return Yards 78 154
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-28-0 30-42-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--17 1--7
Punts 6 5
Punts-Average 37.3 41.4
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-36 4-45
Time of Possession 31:36 28:24
UNLV Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Brumfield 6 13 143 2 0
C. Friel 9 15 138 0 0
Fresno State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Haener 30 42 378 5 1
UNLV Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Williams 19 102 5.4 1
D. Brumfield 4 39 9.8 0
C. Magyar 3 12 4.0 0
T. Collins 2 7 3.5 0
C. Reese 2 7 3.5 1
C. Friel 6 -15 -2.5 0
Fresno State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Rivers 14 48 3.4 0
J. Kelly 1 28 28.0 0
J. Haener 4 12 3.0 0
J. Cropper 2 -1 -0.5 0
UNLV Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Williams 3 96 32.0 0
T. Collins 4 88 22.0 1
S. Jenkins 4 68 17.0 1
Z. Griffin 1 20 20.0 0
J. Jakes 1 11 11.0 0
G. Fauolo Sr. 1 6 6.0 0
C. Reese 1 -8 -8.0 0
Fresno State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Wheatfall 5 115 23.0 0
J. Cropper 10 108 10.8 4
T. Jones 2 32 16.0 0
E. Brooks 3 31 10.3 1
J. Kelly 4 28 7.0 0
T. Watson 1 23 23.0 0
R. Rivers 2 22 11.0 0
R. Pauwels Jr. 1 15 15.0 0
J. Mims 2 4 2.0 0
UNLV Interceptions
Player Int Yards
P. Hill 1 16
Fresno State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UNLV Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Silva 6 224 37.3
Fresno State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. King 5 207 41.4
UNLV Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Fresno State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Rivers 1 14 14.0
UNLV Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Collins 4 62 15.5
Fresno State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Mims 6 140 23.3
UNLV Missed FG
Player Length
Fresno State Missed FG
Player Length




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