LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV’s Channing Trotter rushed for 102 yards and three 1-yard touchdowns tonight to lead the Rebels to a 38-3 victory against Sacramento State in the season opener for both teams. UNLV quarterback Omar Clayton completed 13-of-17 passes for 213 yards, and senior receiver Ryan Wolfe, the school’s all-time leader in receptions, caught five passes for 67 yards.
Sacramento State quarterback Jason Smith was 8-of-17 for 85 yards, and running back Terrance Dailey had 101 yards on 19 carries.
Trotter’s second and third touchdowns came within seven minutes of each other in the second half to help the Rebels extend their lead to 24-3 with 12:23 to play.
UNLV’s defense did the rest. It limited Sacramento State to 228 yards as the Rebels won their fourth straight opener.
The defensive effort was highlighted by Malo Taumua’s interception on the goal line with a little less than eight minutes to play. Two plays later, Clayton connected with Rodelin Anthony for a 55-yard touchdown and 31-3 lead. Backup quarterback Mike Clausen scored on a 4-yard run with 1:06 to play as UNLV closed the game with 28 unanswered points, including 21 in the fourth quarter.
UNLV scored on its initial drive when Clayton completed 3-of-4 passes for 44 yards to set up Trotter’s first touchdown. He became the first Rebel to rush for three touchdowns since 2002. Kyle Watson’s field goal gave the Rebels a 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.
UNLV’s offense stalled throughout most of the second quarter and Sacramento State scored its lone points on a field goal by Chris Diniz to trim its deficit to 10-3 at halftime.