Scores

Final/3OT

Minnesota 30

(1-0, 1-0 away)

UNLV 27

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

11:00 PM ET, August 30, 2012

Sam Boyd Stadium, LAS VEGAS, NV

1 2 3 4 3OT T
MINN 0 7 0 6 1730
UNLV 3 0 7 3 1427

Top Performers

Passing: M. Gray (MINN) - 269 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Cornett (UNLV) - 25 CAR, 127 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Barker (MINN) - 3 REC, 101 YDS

Minnesota outlasts UNLV on Jordan Wettstein's FG in 3rd OT

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- MarQueis Gray threw two touchdown passes to John Rabe in overtime, and Jordan Wettstein hit a 32-yard field goal in the third extra session to lift Minnesota over UNLV 30-27 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

Wettstein's field goal was set up by Derrick Wells' second interception against redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Sherry. In the second overtime, Sherry threw a 6-yard TD pass to Devante Davis on fourth down to tie it at 27-27.

Rabe's first overtime score was from 10 yards down the middle to make it 20-20. Gray found him wide open from 25 yards out on the first play of the second OT.

UNLV's Tim Cornett had 127 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. He had an 18-yard score in the first overtime.

Gray finished 17 of 30 for 269 yards and an interception.

This was the first-ever meeting between the teams.

The Rebels went ahead 10-7 in the third quarter on Cornett's 1-yard run with 1:52 left. Minnesota answered with two Wettstein fourth-quarter field goals from 32 and 21 yards. The second field goal was set up by Wells' interception return to the UNLV 25. Nolan Kohorst made a 35-yard field goal with 2:46 remaining to set up overtime.

It was the Golden Gophers' first overtime game since a win at Syracuse in 2009. The Rebels went to OT for the first time since a 2008 win over Iowa State at home.

The Rebels scored first on Kohorst's 39-yard field goal with 2:29 left in the first quarter. Minnesota answered with a James Gillum 16-yard rushing touchdown up the middle with 9:26 before halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MINN
UNLV
1st Downs2218
Total Yards478275
Passing269116
Rushing209159
Penalties11-867-54
3rd Down Conversions3-156-17
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers23
Possession32:5927:01

Passing Leaders

MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gray17/302699.021
UNLVC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sherry16/351163.313

Rushing Leaders

MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kirkwood13816.2014
Gray17684.0018
UNLVCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cornett251275.1225
Randle10454.5014

Receiving Leaders

MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Barker310133.7040
Crawford-Tufts44912.3022
UNLVRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sullivan55310.6020
Davis5275.4110

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINNUNLV
FG09:13Nolan Kohorst 39 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERMINNUNLV
TD09:26James Gillum 16 Yd Run. (Jordan Wettstein Kick) 73
THIRD QUARTERMINNUNLV
TD01:52Tim Cornett 1 Yd Run. (Nolan Kohorst Kick) 710
FOURTH QUARTERMINNUNLV
FG08:55Jordan Wettstein 32 Yd 1010
FG05:40Jordan Wettstein 21 Yd 1310
FG02:46Nolan Kohorst 35 Yd 1313
OVERTIMEMINNUNLV
TDTim Cornett 18 Yd Run. (Nolan Kohorst Kick) 1320
TDJohn Rabe 10 Yd Pass From MarQueis Gray. (Jordan Wettstein Kick) 2020
2ND OVERTIMEMINNUNLV
TDJohn Rabe 25 Yd Pass From MarQueis Gray. (Jordan Wettstein Kick) 2720
TDDevante Davis 6 Yd Pass From Nick Sherry. (Nolan Kohorst Kick) 2727
3RD OVERTIMEMINNUNLV
FGJordan Wettstein 32 Yd 3027