By:|Lester Johnson:|4.0 Sports Media
Las Vegas- Coach Tedford was hoping that his team was looking past the Rebels in a what could be called a trap game. The Bulldogs avenged last year’s 26-16 loss to UNLV with a 48-3 victory over UNLV in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Quarterback Marcus McMaryion completed 26 of his 35 passes for 274 yards with two touchdowns against one interception before leaving the game early. McMaryion this season is completing nearly 71 percent of his passes (70.9) and is in position to break the school record of 68.7 set by Derek Carr in 2013. McMaryion set the tone early for the Rebels.
Fresno State (8-1, 5-0 Mountain West) won its seventh straight game. The Bulldogs kept their one-game lead in the West Division over San Diego State, which won at New Mexico on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs finished with 466 yards of offense – 274 through the air and 192 on the ground. Fresno State held the Rebels to 302 yards, including 105 yards in the air. Safety JuJu Hughes led the hard-hitting defense with 11 tackles and corner Jaron Bryant had an interception.
“I thought the guys came in and played really hard. I thought the focus was good throughout the week. The coaches did a nice job of having them prepared to play good game plans in all phases. I thought the guys just really executed well.” Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford said.
The Bulldogs poured it on the third quarter performance to double their 17-0 halftime lead to 34-0. Fresno State backups scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Coach Jeff Tedford picked up the 100th victory of his career Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium and it was the second largest margin of victory since a 79-13 season-opening win against Idaho during nonconference play.
Receiver KeeSean Johnson had eight receptions for 97 yards to move his streak to 45 consecutive games with a catch. Johnson led the nation in active career receptions at 234 before Saturday contest.
Fresno State’s defense allowed the Rebels over midfield twice in the first three quarters.
UNLV’s only scoring opportunity in the first half came on that 46-yard missed field goal by Evan Patels in the first quarter.
“Fresno State was a little bit more physical than we were.” Them going down and scoring right away (in the first quarter) and then us throwing a pick right after, it takes the wind out of your sails.” UNLV coach Tony Sanchez said.
Having won seven straight and by an average margin of 29 points, the Bulldogs opened as a 3-point favorite going into its Friday night match at Boise State (7-2, 4-1).
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 8-1 on the season and 5-0 in Mountain West play. They will next play at Boise State (7-2, 4-1) on Friday at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN2.