Rebels Drop High-Scoring Battle to Cougars
Sept. 15, 2012
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Washington State Cougars pulled out a 35-27 win at UNLV on Friday night.
The Rebels had 460 total yards of offense. Nick Sherry completed 33 of 49 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns, while Marcus Sullivan had six catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
The first half was full of offense as Washington State led 28-20 at halftime, but both defenses settled down in the second half.
Washington State (2-1) held off UNLV (0-3) after the Rebels regained possession with 40 seconds left in the game. UNLV was unable to advance past the Washington State 42.
The Cougars jumped out to a 14-0 lead. UNLV cut the Cougars' lead to 14-7 when Sullivan caught a 37-yard TD pass from Sherry with 2:36 remaining in the first quarter.
The second quarter featured two long TDs by the Cougars, but was answered with one by the Rebels. Sullivan caught his second TD pass from Sherry - this one for 75 yards - to cut the Cougars' lead to 28-17.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Leon Brooks completed an 88-yard drive by running three yards for a touchdown with 14:07 in the fourth quarter, giving the Cougars a 35-20 lead.
The Rebels made it a one-possession game in favor of the Cougars at 35-27 when Sherry threw a four-yard TD pass to Jake Phillips with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter.