College Football
Fresno State 38, UNLV 30
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, September 24, 2021
Where: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California
Temperature: 92°
Head Official: Tim Davis
Attendance: 35093

Jake Haener threw five touchdown passes, four to Jalen Cropper, as No. 22 Fresno State pulled off a fourth-quarter rally to beat visiting UNLV 38-30 Friday night in the teams' Mountain West Conference opener.

Haener and Cropper's final scoring connection, a 26-yarder with 4:53 left in the game, gave the Bulldogs (4-1, 1-0 MWC) the lead for good at 35-30. Cesar Silva added insurance with a 31-yard field goal with 2:29 remaining.

The Rebels (0-4, 0-1) led 30-29 after Daniel Gutierrez's 30-yard field goal with 6:38 left in the game, but their offense couldn't produce a first down on either of their last two possessions. Cameron Friel's fourth-and-14 pass with 1:19 left fell incomplete to seal the outcome.

UNLV used two quarterbacks to help them roll up 433 total yards, just 28 fewer than Fresno State. Friel was 9 of 15 for 138 yards, while starter Doug Brumfield completed 6 of 13 for 143 yards with two touchdowns. Charles Williams added 102 yards and a score on 19 carries.

Fresno State entered the game as a 30 1/2-point favorite, but it was UNLV that controlled most of the first half with a defense that was allowing an average of 40 points per game.

The Rebels kept the Bulldogs out of the end zone until the final minute of the first half and owned a 14-0 lead before the first quarter was over. Their offense marched 60 and 95 yards on their first two possessions for touchdowns.

Brumfield found Steve Jenkins for a 10-yard scoring strike five minutes into the game, and a 1-yard touchdown run by Williams with 1:16 left in the opening quarter finished a 14-play, 7:24 drive.

Fresno State finally got on the board with Silva's 25-yard field goal at the 11:38 mark of the second quarter. Haener gave the Bulldogs some momentum with 32 seconds left in the half, hitting Erik Brooks for an 18-yard score that cut the UNLV advantage to 14-9 at intermission.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
UNLV   Fresno State
Charles Williams Player Ronnie Rivers
19 Attempts 14
102 Yards 48
5.4 Avg Yards 3.4
1 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
UNLV   Fresno State
Charles Williams Player Keric Wheatfall
3 Receptions 5
96 Yards 115
32.0 Avg Yards 23.0
0 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
UNLV 433 152 281 4 1 1 1.0 0
Fresno State 461 83 378 5 2 0 4.0 1