SAN JOSE – Junior quarterback Joe Gray passed for a touchdown and ran for another as San Jose State rolled up 542 yards in total offense in handing UNLV a 33-10 loss in Mountain West Conference play on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium.
Tyler Ervin rushed for 133 yards on just 11 carries and scored a touchdown and Austin Lopez kicked four field goals for San Jose State (2-3, 1-1), which rushed for 277 yards and finished with a 39:41-to-21:19 edge in time of possession.
Blake Decker completed 6-of-10 passes for 71 yards and also rushed for 22 yards on five carries, including a one-yard touchdown run to cap UNLV’s 60-yard, 11-play opening drive and give the Rebels (1-5, 0-2) an early 7-0 lead.
But it was all San Jose State after that. The Spartans dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage while scoring 33 unanswered points.
Gray, who completed 20-of-30 passes for 265 yards in just his second college start, started the onslaught with a 1-yard run to tie it, 7-7.
Lopez then connected on field goals of 32, 33 and a pair of 47-yarders to extend San Jose State’s lead to 19-7 early in the third quarter. Ervin then broke the game open with a 83-yard touchdown run to make it 26-7, and Gray connected with Hansell Wilson with a 51-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 33-7.
Jonathan Leiva’s 25-yard field goal at least gave the Rebels, who have lost their last six games against FBS teams, the satisfaction of scoring in double digits.
UNLV finished with just 221 yards in total offense, including 161 over the final 54:21.
The Rebels return home on Friday night to host defending Mountain West champion Fresno State at 7 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium.
–MyLVsports staff report