UNLV is tied with a ranked team at halftime in the state of Utah for the second time this season as they go into the break locked 21-all with No. 18 Brigham Young in Provo.
The Rebels were tied 14-all at the half at Utah earlier this season, but were outscored 28-7 in the second half.
Omar Clayton is 11-of-13 for 159 yards at the break. Frank Summers has run for two scores.
Backup quarterback Mike Clausen ran for a score when Clayton was sidelined with an apparent jaw injury in the second quarter.
BYU has scored off two short fields because of a long kickoff return in the first quarter and a blocked punt in the second quarter.
GREAT FIELD POSITION
UNLV’s first punt of the day came from its own 5-yard line.
The kick was deflected into the air and returned to the UNLV 10.
Apparently, the Rebels didn’t think that field position was quite good enough because they also committed a personal-foul facemask penalty on the play, moving the ball to the 5.
Not surprisingly, the Cougars scored two plays later.
At the 4:51 mark of the second quarter, Frank Summers had seven carries for just 8 yards.
He managed two touchdowns out of those meager numbers, however.
He finished the half with 20 yards on nine carries.
CLAYTON OUT BRIEFLY
UNLV starting quarterback Omar Clayton was injured and left the game early in the second quarter.
On the play, Clayton was hit late after completing a key third-down pass to Casey Flair.
The late hit penalty, combined with the completion, set the Rebels up at the 3-yard line.
Mike Clausen came into the game and handed off once to Frank Summers then ran in a sneak for a game-tying touchdown.
Clayton missed the next series as well, but did return.
According to The Mtn.’s telecast, Clayton’s jaw will be X-rayed at the half.
The touchdown was the first of Clausen’s career.
FLAIR SETS TEAM RECORD
Casey Flair had a 24-yard reception down to the BYU 1-yard line midway through the second quarter to set up Summers’ second touchdown of the day.
The catch was the 188th of his UNLV career, eclipsing the school record previously held by Damon Williams.