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FRESNO, Calif.– The rains came and they came hard late Friday, an appropriate conclusion to a catastrophe of a game for UNLV as the Rebels enjoyed their season get gotten rid of.
“I take complete blame for the effort we put out there tonight,” UNLV coach Tony Sanchez stated. “That was an abomination. That was bad football.”
There was lots of blame to walk around from the coaches who could not find out how to take advantage of a two-touchdown lead in the 2nd half to the players who played not to lose.
And divine intervention even played a part in the 31-28 loss at Bulldog Arena, the rainstorm making it nearly impossible for UNLV to even think of attempting a long field goal to compel overtime.
Marteze Waller completed the rally from 28-14 down for the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3 Mountain West) by hurrying for a 38-yard touchdown with 2:37 left. That and a 2-point conversion supplied the final points.
UNLV (2-5, 1-2) watched its hopes of competing for a West Division title erased and its possibilities of going to a bowl all but removed.
“We don’t reset objectives,” Sanchez said. “We remove goals.”
The bye week comes at the best time for UNLV, which soaked up a wrenching loss for the second time in a row. UNLV lost 33-27 in overtime to San Jose State a week ago after taking the lead late in regulation.
“We felt we let this one escape, too,” UNLV quarterback Kurt Palandech stated. “This can’t happen. We’ve got to learn from it, however it does not feel good at all.”
Sanchez told his players to stick together and not give up on each other.
“It ain’t last year’s group,” Rebels wide receiver Devonte Boyd stated. “It’s a new environment. We’re going to step up to this obstacle and get better.”
The Rebels have plenty to determine, such as getting its offense out of neutral. UNLV doned with 299 lawns behind Palandech, who has excellent athletic capability however hardly ever is able to toss the ball downfield. He completed 12 of 24 passes for 111 yards versus Fresno State.
UNR in the second half on Oct. 3, then San Jose State and now Fresno State didn’t respect the pass enough to withdraw on the run. Though Keith Whitely hurried for 98 backyards against the Bulldogs, he alone couldn’t sustain drives. UNLV went three-and-out five times throughout a six-drive stretch in the 2nd half.
“You go out there and you get one yard on first down, and you’re sitting there second-and-9 and you’re attempting to eliminate the clock,” Sanchez said. “At the same time, you’re aiming to get very first downs. It puts you in a tough circumstance.”
Sanchez stated he never considered going to Blake Decker, who started the very first five video games. Decker has an apart nonthrowing shoulder.
“Once he’s healthy, he’ll correct back in there,” Sanchez said. “It’s a prep work issue. We spent the entire week preparing with Kurt. He did some good things and moved the ball, which was the choice I made.”
This was a video game UNLV needed to have versus a Fresno State team that had lost by an average of 22.3 points per video game, third-worst in the nation.
And it looked as if the Rebels were on their method after a primarily slow first half. They went 75 backyards on 15 plays, making use of 5:25 to score 42 seconds before halftime. Palandech’s 13-yard goal pass to Kendal Keys made the score 14-14.
That late touchdown provided the Rebels the life they needed, and they scored 2 goals to construct a 28-14 lead with 5:13 left in the 3rd quarter.
The two-score property dried up, with Fresno State getting a 44-yard field goal by Jimmy Camacho late in the 3rd quarter and quarterback Kilton Anderson hurrying for a 12-yard goal early in the fourth to create the score 28-23.
Then Waller supplied the game-winner late in the video game, and he doned with 111 lawns and 2 touchdowns on 21 brings. Anderson passed for 193 yards and hurried for 78.
UNLV had one last shot, but then the skies opens. Palandech, however, discovered an opening and hurried 39 lawns to the Bulldogs’ 36-yard line. But the drive stalled, and Palandech was sacked on third and 4th downs.
Making the night worse for the Rebels, there was a snafu with arranging for Transport Security Administration agents to clear them for their air travel home. The problem was resolved before the group left the arena.
All that remained was a quiet ride home.
“For a long, long period of time in this program, we discovered a method to lose,” Sanchez said. “It’s been type of the nature of who we are, and that’s got to change.”
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