NCAAF Game Recap - UNLV at Northwestern
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Sep 14, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

UNLV (1-2)

7

7

0

0

14

Northwestern (1-1)

10

6

7

7

30

Johnson leads Northwestern to first win, 30-14 over UNLV
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:44 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Hunter Johnson only needed a few minutes to wash a bad start out of his mind.

He and his Northwestern teammates can use all the confidence they can get with a huge Big Ten test looming.

Johnson threw his first career touchdown pass and ran in another Saturday afternoon to lead Northwestern past UNLV, 30-14.

Drake Anderson ran for 141 yards and a touchdown to help the Wildcats win their home opener.

"That first drive was a big confidence-booster for all of us today," said Johnson, who ended the first drive of his second career start with a 1-yard touchdown run. "It was a good momentum booster."

Johnson and the Wildcats' offense needed the boost after a lackluster season opener.

Charles Williams had scoring runs of 65 and 37 yards in the first half and ended the day with 144 on 16 carries as the Rebels (1-2) dropped their second straight.

Up 16-14 at the break, Northwestern (1-1) gave itself some breathing room late in the third quarter when Johnson found a streaking J.J. Jefferson for a 50-yard touchdown. The sophomore quarterback was 12 for 25 for 165 yards with an interception. The effort came two weeks after he struggled in his first collegiate start, a loss at Stanford marked by an offense that often sputtered.

Two of UNLV's three second-half turnovers led to Northwestern touchdowns. Johnson's throw to Jefferson came a drive after the Rebels fumbled at the Wildcat 35.

The second score, Anderson's 7-yard run in the final two minutes, put the game away.

Rebels quarterback Armani Edwards, criticized by coach Troy Sanchez after last week's loss, was 16 for 26 for 120 yards and an interception. He was sacked five times in the second half.

Northwestern kept Williams off the ends in the second half and was much more aggressive up front after the offense gave it a two-score advantage.

"That forced UNLV to go into drop-back passes," defensive end Joe Gaziano said. "I think there were only a couple plays in the first half where they actually had a true five-step, so for us it was great to be able to get into our pass rush and execute what we want to do."

Williams, who recorded his third straight 100-yard game, managed just 12 positive yards in the second half as UNLV tried to rally back with its passing game. Still, Sanchez saw enough to like from his starter.

"Armani looked like a whole other guy," he said. "He was comfortable. He was poised.

"I was really proud of his performance; especially bouncing back from a week ago."

The teams traded touchdowns on their opening possessions but the Wildcats took the lead at intermission thanks to three Charlie Kuhbander field goals.

ANOTHER BIG INJURY

Northwestern lost another running back Saturday afternoon when Jesse Brown missed the second half with what Fitzgerald called a lower-body injury. It ended a promising day for the junior, who saw more carries because leading rusher Isaiah Washington was inactive due to an injury suffered in the opener.

Brown amassed a career-best 79 yards on nine first-half carries. It opened an opportunity for Anderson, who racked up 91 yards in the second half to compliment his first career scoring run.

HE'S OUT

UNLV safety Drew Tejchman was ejected late in the first half after drawing a targeting penalty on an open-field tackle. A replay showed Tejchman striking Bennett Skowronek's helmet with the crown of his own after the Northwestern receiver made a first-down catch.

Because the foul took place in the first half, Tejchman will be eligible to start the Rebels' next game.

THE TAKEAWAY

UNLV: The Rebels get a week off before opening Mountain West play and can use it to work on a passing game that showed diminishing returns for the second straight weekend. The Rebels ran up 189 yards on the ground in the first 30 minutes but struggled to find any balance in the second half as the Wildcats dared Rogers to beat them with his arm.

Northwestern: Johnson walked off the field with his first career touchdown pass and might've had a couple more if not for narrow misses by receivers. The Wildcats will need the sophomore's best Saturday when they welcome No. 18 Michigan State and its stingy run defense for both teams' Big Ten opener.

"We're going to play the best rush defense in the country next week so our hands are going to be full," Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "We need to be efficient."

A victory would be Northwestern's fourth straight over the Spartans, who fell to Arizona State in their final pre-conference tuneup Saturday.

UP NEXT

UNLV: Visits Wyoming on Sept. 28.

Northwestern: Welcomes Michigan State on Saturday.

Passing

UNLV Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Rogers 26 16 61.5 0 120 16 1 56.6
NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
H. Johnson 25 12 48.0 1 165 50 1 66.3

Rushing

UNLV Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Williams 16 144 9.0 65 2
A. Rogers 14 57 4.1 30 0
NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Anderson 26 141 5.4 13 1
J. Brown 9 79 8.8 35 0

Receiving

UNLV Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Grimes 4 27 6.8 10 0
N. Bean 2 27 13.5 16 0
NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Jefferson 2 61 30.5 50 1
B. Skowronek 4 57 14.3 20 0

Fumbles

Returning

UNLV KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Collins 6 20.2 0 24 0 - 0 0
J. Gasser 0 - 0 0 2 3.5 0 4
NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Lees 1 22.0 0 22 2 8.5 0 9

Punting

UNLV Punt Yds Avg LgPu
H. Hicken 5 231 46.2 55
NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Kubiuk 4 140 35.0 39

Takeaways

UNLV Int Yds InTD
J. White 1 0 0
NW Int Yds InTD
J. Gaziano 0 0 0
T. Whillock 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

UNLV NW
Points For 14 30
Total Yards 330 441
Rushing Yards 210 276
Passing Yards 120 165
Passing Completions / Attempts 16/26 12/25
Turnovers 3 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 3/2 1/0
First Downs 17 26
Penalties - Yards 5/65 8/78
Time Of Possession 22:22 38:38
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/14 5/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 5/46 4/35

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UNLV NW
NW 2:28 TD Hunter Johnson 1 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 0 7
UNLV 3:46 TD Charles Williams 65 yd run (Daniel Gutierrez kick) 7 7
NW 8:39 FG Charlie Kuhbander 33 yd FG 7 10
2nd Quarter UNLV NW
UNLV 4:04 TD Charles Williams 37 yd run (Daniel Gutierrez kick) 14 10
NW 8:59 FG Charlie Kuhbander 30 yd FG 14 13
NW 13:41 FG Charlie Kuhbander 44 yd FG 14 16
3rd Quarter UNLV NW
NW 9:02 TD JJ Jefferson 50 yd pass from Hunter Johnson (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 14 23
4th Quarter UNLV NW
NW 13:30 TD Drake Anderson 7 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 14 30

Game Information

Stadium: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Attendance: 37,714
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