UNLV Falls to San Jose State with Blocked Field Goal in Overtime

UNLV-Helmet-640-427By Joe Buda

Las Vegas Informer

Last week was a big win for UNLV, when the Rebels defeated intrastate rival UNR in the Battle for the Fremont Cannon.

The last time that happened in 2013, UNLV faced San Jose State the following week. In that matchup, San Jose State was victorious 34-24.

Would history repeat itself in 2015?

This year we had a similar end result when San Jose State proved victorious over UNLV, 33-27, in overtime.

The Spartans defense came through when needed and blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt by Nicolai Bornand. On their ensuing possession, San Jose State scored a touchdown on a Tuler Ervin two-yard run.

The game was exciting until the end. UNLV took an early 10 – 0 lead, before the Spartans scored 20 unanswered points.

Down by 10 in the fourth, UNLV came to life on a special teams play. Forced to pun on fourth-and-10, San Jose State’s Tyler Ervin fumbled the return giving the Rebels excellent field position on the San Jose State 36. The Rebels capitalized on this with a Kurt Palendech-to-Andrew Price pass for the touchdown.

UNLV scored again with 3:41 left on the clock with a pass from Palendech to Devonte Boyd. The Rebels found themselves us 24-20.

San Jose State scored a touchdown on the next possession, leaving 1:08 on the clock.

Down by three, Bornand delivered a 49-yard field goal in a clutch situation, sending the game to overtime.

UNLV falls to 2-4 for the season (1-1 in the Mountain West Conference).

The Rebels travel to Fresno State next Saturday. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

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