Football Top News UNLV — 19 November 2016
Rebels turn focus to Fremont Cannon after loss at Boise State

BOISE, Idaho — Tailback Jeremy McNichols rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns to lead 20th-ranked Boise State to a 42-25 Mountain West victory over UNLV on Friday night at Albertsons Stadium.

The injury-ravaged Rebels (4-7, 3-4), who once again played without starting tailback Lexington Thomas and their top four wide receivers, were eliminated from bowl eligibility with the loss. UNLV now shifts its attention to retaining the Fremont Cannon when it hosts Nevada next Saturday afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium.

“Our guys will be fine,” UNLV coach Tony Sanchez said. “You saw the way they ended the game – they have a fighting spirit to them. Nobody was down, nobody’s head was between their legs – that’s just not us.

“We’ll be fine,” Sanchez continued. “We’re excited about this game and it’s a big, big deal to get your fifth win and to get the cannon. (UNR) is going to fight their tails off to try and get that back.”

McNichols, a 5-foot-9, 212-pound junior with a rare combination of power and breakaway speed and also a former prep teammate of Rebel quarterback Johnny Stanton, scored on runs of 6, 1, 4 and 31 yards as Boise State outgained UNLV 380-302 in total offense. It was McNichols’ third career 200-yard game.

“I felt something special in the air tonight,” McNichols, who now has a FBS-leading 26 touchdowns, said. “When you get in that groove, you feel like every touch can go the distance. I kind of felt like that tonight.”

Boise State (10-1, 6-1) is currently is in position to earn a New Year’s Six bowl in the College Football Playoff rankings, but the Broncos must first qualify for the MWC championship game, which will require one more loss by Wyoming.

“Our goal every year is to win the (Mountain West) championship,” McNichols said. “(Winning it) two years ago was a special moment for us, and I feel like a lot of these guys still have that picture and that dream in their mind.”

Junior quarterback Kurt Palandech led the Rebels with 177 total yards (64 rushing, 113 passing) and accounted for all three UNLV touchdowns, scoring on touchdown runs of 7 and 9 yards and tossing a 45-yard touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Price for the final touchdown of the game with 1:41 to go.

“Right now we’re disappointed, especially the seniors,” UNLV safety Troy Hawthorne, who had seven tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, said “I wanted to go out with a bowl game, and with that not happening now, it’s disappointing. But we still have something to play for. We want to go defend our cannon.”

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