|Date of game: 11/15/2014
Recap: BYU vs. UNLV
Provo, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Christopher Stewart threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, as the BYU Cougars defeated the UNLV Rebels, 42-23, in a non-conference battle at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Stewart connected on 18-of-32 passes for the Cougars (6-4), while Paul Lasike rushed for 70 yards and three touchdowns (one receiving). Mitch Mathews added 120 yards receiving and a touchdown and Leslie Jordan chipped in with 33 yards rushing and a touchdown in the win.
As for the Rebels, (2-9), Blake Decker threw for 90 yards and an interception and Jared Lebowitz recorded 114 yards passing and a touchdown. Shaquille Murray-Lawrence added 143 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Devonte Boyd chipped in with 70 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The Rebels scored first when Jonathan Leiva converted on a 46-yard field goal with 9:13 left to play in the first quarter.
With 7:25 left in the first quarter, Jordan rushed for a 30-yard touchdown. Lasike rushed for an 8-yard touchdown with 6:18 to play in the half to give the Cougars a 14-3 lead.
UNLV responded by cutting the lead to 14-13 when Murray-Lawrence ran 68 yards for a touchdown, which was followed by a Leiva 21-yard field goal with three minutes to play in the half.
The Cougars pushed the lead to 21-13 when Lasike rushed for a 4-yard touchdown, which ended the scoring in the first half.
On the opening drive of the third quarter, Stewart capped off a six-play, 88- yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Devin Mahina, as the Cougars led 28-13.
With 11:11 left in the third quarter, Leiva connected on a 33-yard field goal to cut the lead to 28-16.
Stewart increased the Cougars lead to 35-16 when he threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Lasike with 5:42 left in the third quarter.
The Rebels respond when Lebowitz connected with Boyd on a 60-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead 35-23. On the ensuing drive, Stewart threw a 8-yard touchdown pass to Mathews to push the Cougars' lead to 19 points. That put an end to the scoring, as the teams went scoreless in the fourth quarter.
BYU outgained its opponent, 592-403.Game Notes