Records Fall in Rebels Win at Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho ( – The UNLV (1-1) football team won its first road game against a non-conference opponent in nine years while earning its first victory of the season in sprinting past Idaho (1-1) 44-16 Saturday inside the Kibbie Dome.

 Junior tailback Lexington Thomas, who started in place of injured Charles Williams, was electric while rushing for a career-high 190 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries. UNLV’s defense bounced back in a big way from last week/s loss, holding the Vandals to just three scores in their home building. Linebacker Bailey Laolagi led the unit with 13 total tackles while Gabe McCoy added 10 takedowns.


UNLV led 10-3 after a hard-fought first half but took the opening kickoff right down field for a critical touchdown thanks to a 60-yard spurt by Lexington Thomas. That keyed a 17-point outburst by the visitors in the first seven minutes after the break.


Freshman quarterback Armani Rogers hit senior receiver Devonte Boyd in stride and the duo came away with the longest offensive play in UNLV history in the fourth quarter. The 94-yard pass beat the school’s passing record by a full seven yards and gave Boyd his second 100-yard game of the year and a school-record 13th during his career.


Junior Lexington Thomas posted the ninth career 100-yard rushing game in just his 10th career start. Lex moved into a tie for sixth place on the UNLV all-time list of century mark games.


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