Lucas Johnson accomplished 18 of 24 cross makes an attempt for 192 yards and threw three touchdowns, and No. 23 San Diego State survived a scare to beat UNLV 28-20 on Friday night time.
The Aztecs led simply 21-20 earlier than Johnson discovered Jesse Matthews for a 7-yard strike with 3:33 left within the sport.
San Diego State linebacker Seyddrick Lakalaka intercepted UNLV quarterback Justin Rogers with lower than 2 minutes left within the sport to thwart the Rebels’ last-ditch effort.
San Diego State, which completed with a 5-0 highway mark, improved to 10-1 total, matching its finest 11-game begin since beginning 10-0 in 1969. The Aztecs are one among 5 groups within the nation at the moment with 10 wins, becoming a member of Cincinnati, Georgia, Houston, and UTSA.
Matthews completed with 9 receptions for 75 yards and had three touchdowns, turning into the primary San Diego State participant to attain three TDs in a single sport since Colin Lockett’s trio within the 2001 New Orleans Bowl.
Las Vegas product Elijah Kothe completed with 5 receptions for 84 yards for the Aztecs, whereas Greg Bell ran for 52 yards on 14 carries.
Whereas San Diego State improved to 21-10 all-time towards the Rebels (2-9), UNLV outgained the Aztecs, 394-290.
“I didn’t suppose we performed Aztec soccer, particularly on the defensive aspect,” San Diego State coach Brady Hoke. “We’ve obtained to do a greater job. We are able to’t hand over large performs thrown over our heads. We’ve obtained to educate higher. We as a workers, we obtained to have a look at some issues.”
UNLV misplaced beginning quarterback Cam Friel halfway by means of the primary half and turned to Rogers, the unique starter at first of the season. Rogers seemed nothing just like the shaky quarterback who stepped in at instances through the Rebels’ marketing campaign.
Rogers completed 15 of 21 for 305 yards and two landing passes, whereas Steve Jenkins had 5 receptions for 176 yards.
Charles Williams, the Rebels’ profession dashing chief, was held to 40 yards on 16 carries.
As a substitute, it was Rogers sparking the Rebels within the first half, going 6 for 7 for 126 yards and one landing, a 43-yard strike to a wide-open Zyell Griffin.
Griffin discovered his method behind San Diego State’s secondary and was alone when he caught the ball earlier than waltzing in untouched.
The Aztecs would reply on their subsequent drive, needing solely 3:38 to journey 59 yards in 10 performs, culminating with a 4-yard TD cross from Johnson to Matthews to place San Diego State again on high, 14-10.
UNLV’s subsequent drive began properly however stalled when San Diego State stopped the Rebels on a 4th and a pair of and obtained the ball again by itself 46-yard line with 49 seconds left within the half.
The Aztecs went proper to work, becoming eight performs and 54 yards right into a mere 44 seconds, as Johnson and Matthews attached a second time to push San Diego State’s result in 21-10 on the half.
It marked the primary time the Aztecs scored greater than 23 factors since Oct. 9.
“I really feel like we nonetheless have a number of work to do,” Matthews stated. “We knew we needed to factors on the board for our protection. It was our time to step up.”
UNLV’s Jacoby Windmon had a career-high three sacks, tying a program fourth-highest for a single sport. Windmon now has 6 1/2 sacks on the 12 months and 12 in his profession.
On the very least, San Diego State will seemingly maintain within the Prime 25 dialogue on this week’s ballot with a chance of shifting down a spot or two after having bother with the two-win Rebels. The Aztecs rank nineteenth within the Faculty Soccer Playoff rankings.
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