Omar Clayton threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Payne on the Rebels’ first play of overtime to beat Iowa State 34-31 on Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Iowa State (2-2), which lost its 13th straight road game, scored first in overtime on a 37-yard field by Grant Mahoney for the Cyclones’ first lead.
The Rebels needed one play to win it.
Clayton, who finished with three touchdown passes and one touchdown run, threw a perfect fad pass to Payne in the corner of the end zone. The same play helped the Rebels force overtime last week in their 23-20 upset of Arizona State.
UNLV (3-1) surrendered a 21-point second-half lead as Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud accounted for four touchdowns. The last was a 28-yard scoring strike to R.J. Sumrall with 3 seconds to play to force overtime.
The victory was UNLV’s third of the season, which surpasses its win total of two in each of the past four seasons.
UNLV 34, Iowa State 31 Final
After an Iowa State field goal on the opening possession of overtime, freshman Phillip Payne caught a pass in the end zone from Omar Clayton on UNLV’s first play of the extra session to give the Rebels the victory.
UNLV, Iowa State tied at 28
UNLV 28, Iowa State 28, 0:03 fourth quarter
UNLV leads Iowa State 28-21
UNLV 28, Iowa State 21, 7:44 fourth quarter
UNLV leads Iowa State 28-14 after third quarter
UNLV 28, Iowa State 14 — Iowa State scored two touchdowns in just 1:50 to get the Cyclones back within one score, but Frank Summers scored on a 12-yard run with just 8 seconds remaining in the third quarter to extend the UNLV lead to 14 points.
UNLV leads Iowa State 28-14
UNLV 28, Iowa State 14, 0:08 third quarter
UNLV leads Iowa State 21-14
UNLV 21, Iowa State 14, 5:41 third quarter
UNLV leads Iowa State 21-7
UNLV 21, Iowa State 7, 7:31 third quarter
UNLV leads Iowa State 21-0 at halftime
UNLV 21, Iowa State 0 — UNLV extended its lead with a touchdown pass from Omar Clayton to Casey Flair in the second quarter. The Rebels missed an opportunity to tack on a field goal before halftime as Ben Jaekle’s attempt as time expired was wide left.
UNLV leads Iowa State 21-0
UNLV 21, Iowa State 0, 1:58 second quarter
UNLV leads Iowa State 14-0 after first quarter
UNLV 14, Iowa State 0 — Omar Clayton ran for a touchdown and threw for another as the Rebels opened up a lead after the first quarter. After Clayton’s 20-yard run opened the scoring, Frank Summers caught a pass out of the backfield and broke two tackles on his way to a 48-yard touchdown.
UNLV leads Iowa State 14-0
UNLV 14, Iowa State 0, 1:26 first quarter
UNLV leads Iowa State 7-0
UNLV 7, Iowa State 0, 4:41 first quarter