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Sherry learns as Minnesota tops UNLV 30-27 in 3 OT

Associated Press Published: August 31, 2012
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Sherry finished his first career start completing 16 of 35 passes for 116 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in a 30-27 triple-overtime loss to Minnesota Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Rebels, one of those interceptions came on the second play of the third overtime, as Sherry looked toward the back of the end zone and threw into triple coverage. Playing in a Cover 3, Minnesota safety Derrick Wells stepped in front of the pass for his second interception of the game.

"One thing coach told me was, 'You don't have to win the game,' " Sherry said. "But I saw the receiver in the end zone, and I underthrew him."

UNLV coach Bobby Hauck acknowledged his young quarterback missed several opportunities in the season-opener for both teams, but touched more on Sherry's positives.

"He played in his first college football game and it happens to be at quarterback and gets us into a triple overtime game with a Big Ten outfit, which probably means the quarterback did some good stuff."

MarQueis Gray threw two touchdown passes to John Rabe in overtime, and Jordan Wettstein hit a 32-yard field goal in the third extra session to lift Minnesota.

"You have to know when the pressure is on, to score the touchdown," Rabe said. "But when your number is called, you have to make that play. The coaches did a good job with the play calling to put us in position to score. I had confidence in MarQueis to make the right throws and the offensive line to do its job."

Wettstein's field goal was set up by Wells' late interception. In the second overtime, Sherry threw a 6-yard TD pass to Devante Davis on fourth down to tie it at 27-27.

Rabe's first overtime score was from 10 yards down the middle to make it 20-20. Gray found him wide open from 25 yards out on the first play of the second OT.

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