LAS VEGAS (AP) — Following a career-performance last week, Wyoming's Brett Smith bested that by torching the UNLV secondary, completing 25 of 33 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cowboys to a 28-23 win on Saturday.
Wyoming (4-7 overall, 3-4 Mountain West) has won three straight games after losing its previous four, while UNLV (2-10, 2-5) lost its second straight.
"He keeps getting better, which is good," Wyoming coach Dave Christensen said about his sophomore quarterback. "We want to continue to bring our passing game along. The great news is the majority of the passing game is back next year."
Smith, who threw for 374 yards last week at New Mexico, isn't doing too shabby this year.
He has completed 88 of 132 pass attempts for 12 touchdowns and 1,237 yards over his last four games and hasn't thrown an interception in 139 pass attempts.
Wyoming, which came into the game ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and 18th nationally in fewest turnovers lost (12), enjoyed its third straight game without committing a turnover.
Wyoming did much of its work and all of its scoring in the first half, outgaining its host 381-182. Smith threw for 347 yards in the first half, as the Cowboys opened up a 28-17 lead at the break.
The Rebels appeared ready to steal momentum late in the third quarter, as quarterback Caleb Herring scrambled into the end zone on a fake field-goal attempt. An official review revealed Herring had fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line before he and the ball tumbled into the end zone. Ruled a touchback since the ball went out of the back of the end zone, Wyoming took over on its 20.
"Our guys were looking at it upstairs and they couldn't tell on their shot," UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said. "It comes down to Caleb putting the ball away, even if we have to go down on the one. That's pretty much a shame."