Recap: UNLV vs. Washington St
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Connor Halliday threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns to lead Washington State past UNLV, 35-27, on Friday.
Halliday completed 26-of-45 passes and was intercepted twice for the Cougars (2-1), who earned their second straight win after dropping their season opener to BYU.
Gabe Marks had six receptions for 126 yards and a score, while Marquess Wilson pulled in five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns for Washington State.
Nick Sherry went 33-for-49 through the air for 351 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for UNLV (0-3).
Marcus Sullivan had a game-high 136 yards and two scores on six receptions, and Tim Cornett carried the ball 20 times for 89 yards in defeat.
Washington State received the ball first and drove down to the UNLV 24-yard line thanks to three 15-yard penalties by the Rebels, but a Halliday pass was intercepted by John Lotulelei to give UNLV the ball at its 17-yard line.
The Rebels would manage just one first down, though, and were forced to punt.
On the Cougars' ensuing drive, Marks hauled in a 47-yard pass as part of a seven-play, 70-yard march Wilson capped with a four-yard touchdown reception to give Washington State a lead it would not lose.
Tyree Toomer picked off Sherry on the third play of the Rebels' next touch to give Washington State the ball at the UNLV 37-yard line, and the Cougars took advantage of the favorable field position when Halliday found Isiah Myers for an 18-yard touchdown after converting a 4th-and-1 with a four-yard rush by Carl Winston.
UNLV quickly answered as Cornett reeled off a 32-yard run before Sullivan hauled in a 37-yard touchdown reception to finish off a four-play, 75-yard drive, making it a 14-7 game with less than three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
But Washington State was able to regain its two-score lead on its first possession of the second quarter when Halliday connected on a 21-yard pass to Bobby Ratliff before hitting Marks with a 52-yard strike in the end zone.
UNLV then converted three third-down attempts -- two with penalties on Washington State -- as part of a 13-play drive that moved all the way down to the WSU 4-yard line, but the Rebels could not punch the ball across the goal line and had to settle for Nolan Kohorst's 22-yard field goal.
The teams traded long touchdowns on the next two possessions with a Wilson 81- yard touchdown reception and a 75-yard TD catch by Sherry to make it a 28-17 game with just over five minutes left in the half.
Following a Washington State punt, Kohorst capped an 11-play march with an 18- yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to bring UNLV within 28-20 at the break.
The teams traded punts over the first three possessions of the third quarter until the Cougars put together a 13-play, 88-yard drive that stretched into the fourth quarter.
Halliday converted a 4th-and-3 at the UNLV 16-yard line with a 13-yard strike to Myers before Leon Brooks finished the march with a three-yard rumble into the end zone for a 35-20 lead.
UNLV would move deep into WSU territory on its next two touches, but failed to convert on a pair of fourth-down attempts to put an end to the drives.
Jake Phillips' four-yard TD catch with less than two minutes left in the game brought the Rebels' within 35-27, but UNLV failed to recover an onside kick and Washington State was able to run off most of the clock.
UNLV was able to get the ball back with 40 seconds left, but Sherry's Hail Mary attempt as time expired fell incomplete to end the game.Game Notes