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11/10/2013 12:25 AM EST
Utah St. slips by UNLV with 28-24 win
UTAH ST 28, UNLV 24

By W.G. RAMIREZ
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Bruce Natson's 12-yard rushing touchdown with
3:56 left in the game capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive and gave
Utah State a 28-24 victory over UNLV Saturday night.

With the win, the Aggies became bowl eligible for the third
consecutive season.

Utah State (6-4, 5-1 Mountain West), which won the Western
Athletic Conference last season, has now won 10 straight league
road games. The Aggies conclude their season with two home games
against Colorado State and Wyoming.

Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson, who made his third career
start, led Utah State's offensive attack, completing 16 of 28
pass attempts for 288 yards and one touchdown strike while
registering a 155.3 quarterback rating. Receivers Travis
Reynolds (7 for 129) and Travis Van Leeuwen (4 for 112) combined
for 241 yards on 11 receptions.

After Natson's touchdown, UNLV (5-5, 3-3) used 16 plays in a
last-ditch effort toward a comeback and got as close as the Utah
State 16-yard line, but fell short when quarterback Caleb
Herring's final four pass attempts to the end zone were off
target.

Herring completed 17 of his 39 pass attempts for 252 yards and
two touchdowns, but also one interception. Running back Tim
Cornett ran for 115 yards on 29 attempts and one touchdown.
Cornett, who moved up to No. 2 in UNLV's all-time all-purpose
yardage list, became only the second running back to rush for
100 yards against the Aggies' 19th-ranked rushing defense this
season.

The Rebels suffered their second consecutive home loss and
remain one win shy of being bowl eligible. The last time UNLV
appeared in a bowl game was in 2000. The Rebels have a bye next
week before attempting to become bowl eligible at Air Force on
Nov. 21, or at home against San Diego State on Nov. 30.

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