Minnesota 51, UNLV 23

Date - Thursday, August 29, 2013 7:00 PM
Location - TCF Bank Stadium
Attendance - 44217

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
UNLV 6 7 3 7 23
Minnesota 3 13 14 21 51

Recap


Minnesota 51, UNLV 23:
Marcus Jones and Martez Shabazz scored special teams touchdowns and Philip Nelson accounted for three scores as the Gophers began their season with a convincing home win over the Rebels.

Briean Boddy-Calhoun returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown for Minnesota, which outscored UNLV 35-10 in the second half. The Gophers were outgained 419-320, but won comfortably thanks to their three non-offensive touchdowns.

Tim Cornett (26-yard run) and Devante Davis (34-yard catch) scored first-half touchdowns for UNLV. Shaquille Murray-Lawrence sparked the Rebels’ offense with 108 yards on just four carries.

Jones opened the second half with a 98-yard kickoff return – the Gophers’ longest in seven years – to put Minnesota ahead 23-13. About seven minutes later, Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman blocked a field goal, Shabazz scooped up the ball and ran 51 yards for a score.

Nelson ran for a 48-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and added a 10-yard touchdown pass to Maxx Williams in the final minute of the first half.  The sophomore quarterback added a 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The loss was the 23rd straight road defeat for UNLV, a streak that dates back to a win over New Mexico in 2009. … Each team missed an extra point in the first half. … Boddy-Calhoun’s interception return was the longest by a Gophers player since 1969.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 9:48
UNLV   TD  Minnesota 0 - UNLV 6
1st Quarter - 2:39
Minnesota   FG  Minnesota 3 - UNLV 6
2nd Quarter - 13:45
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 10 - UNLV 6
2nd Quarter - 5:04
UNLV   TD  Minnesota 10 - UNLV 13
2nd Quarter - 0:18
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 16 - UNLV 13
3rd Quarter - 14:48
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 23 - UNLV 13
3rd Quarter - 7:36
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 30 - UNLV 13
3rd Quarter - 3:52
UNLV   FG  Minnesota 30 - UNLV 16
4th Quarter - 10:41
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 37 - UNLV 16
4th Quarter - 6:37
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 44 - UNLV 16
4th Quarter - 4:12
UNLV   TD  Minnesota 44 - UNLV 23
4th Quarter - 0:42
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 51 - UNLV 23
TEAMS

Team Records

  UNLV Minnesota
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  UNLV Minnesota
Score 23 51
First Downs 21 16
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-18
33%
8-for-14
57%
4th Down Efficiency 4-for-4
100%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 419 320
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 33-193 38-221
Average/Rush 5.8 5.8
Passing
Comp-Att 36-51 10-22
Passing Yards 226 99
Average/Pass Play 4.3 4.5
Penalties-Yards 1-15 1-5
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Time of Possession 31:38 28:04

PLAYER STATS

UNLV (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Sherry 35/50 226 2 2
C. Herring 1/1 0 0 0
Minnesota (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
P. Nelson 10/22 99 1 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Murray-Lawrence 4 108 27.0 0
T. Cornett 20 80 4.0 1
N. Sherry 6 4 0.7 0
A. Smith 2 3 1.5 0
K. Whitely 1 -1 -1.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
P. Nelson 12 83 6.9 2
D. Cobb 6 69 11.5 0
D. Kirkwood 11 30 2.7 0
M. Leidner 3 25 8.3 1
R. Williams Jr 4 13 3.2 0
C. Banham 2 1 0.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Davis 7 77 11.0 1
M. Mataele 9 43 4.8 0
J. Rice Jr. 6 35 5.8 0
A. Williams 2 19 9.5 0
T. Cornett 2 17 8.5 0
A. Criswell 2 16 8.0 0
J. Phillips 3 14 4.7 0
S. Murray-Lawrence 2 4 2.0 0
T. Barnhill 2 1 0.5 1
J. Killian 1 0 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Goodger 2 30 15.0 0
K. Maye 3 30 10.0 0
I. Fruechte 2 17 8.5 0
M. Williams 1 10 10.0 1
R. Williams Jr 1 7 7.0 0
L. Hutton 1 5 5.0 0