|Date of game: 11/1/2014
Recap: UNLV vs. New Mexico
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Teriyon Gipson's three-yard touchdown run with 1:22 remaining provided the New Mexico Lobos with an exciting 31-28 win over the UNLV Rebels in Mountain West Conference action at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Gipson ran for 80 yards on 12 carries for the Lobos (3-5, 1-3 MWC) as they snapped a two-game slide. Jhurell Pressley led all players with 138 yards on 20 attempts and scored three times for the visitors, as the team generated 301 yards on 61 attempts overall. New Mexico quarterback Lamar Jordan converted just two of his seven passes for five yards.
The last time the Lobos picked up a win on the road in Mountain West Conference play was two seasons ago when the squad captured a 35-23 victory at Hawaii on Oct. 13, 2012.
As for the Rebels (2-7, 1-3), losers of two straight and six of the last seven, there were led by Shaquille Murray-Lawrence who ran for 125 yards and two TDs on 20 attempts, followed by quarterback Blake Decker with another 76 yards and a score on 13 carries. Decker also converted 28-of-44 through the air for another 271 yards, but was intercepted twice.
New Mexico ran out to a 17-0 lead in the first half as Pressley logged a pair of TD runs, measuring one and 34 yards, while kicker Zack Rogers knocked through a 44-yard field goal.
In the final two minutes of the second quarter, the Rebels mounted a nine- play, 75-yard drive, resulting in a two-yard TD run by Decker, cutting the deficit to 17-7 at the break.
UNLV moved ahead in the third quarter after Murray-Lawrence delivered touchdown runs of one and 14 yards, making the score 21-17 heading into the fourth.
With a short field following an interception, UNM put the ball in the hands of Pressley and he crossed the goal line from four yards out to move the Lobos back out in front.
Less than four minutes later, a 12-play, 85-yard drive by the hosts resulted in a three-yard TD run by UNLV running back Keith Whitely and again gave the hometown fans something to cheer about, at least for a moment before Gipson scored what proved to be the game-winner for the visitors.
The game appeared to be over when Devonte Boyd caught a sideline pass and tumbled out of bounds, but officials put one second back on the clock, allowing the Rebels to attempt a 55-yard field goal. Unfortunately, Brian McIntyer's effort into the wind came up short and the Lobos walked off with the victory.
UNLV entered play ranked 121st nationally in total defense, permitting 525.4 ypg, while the scoring defense allowed 36.6 ppg (114th). However, as poorly as the unit has performed this season, Mike Horsey ended up being one of three players with double-digit tackles today and finished with a game-high 3.5 tackles for loss as well.
Also having trouble stopping the competition, the Lobos were 123rd against the run with a whopping 284.3 ypg allowed. Offensively, UNM was fifth in rushing with 304.4 ypg, but 124th through the air with a mere 84.6 ypg.Game Notes