LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Brett Smith passed for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another to lead Wyoming past UNLV 41-14 on Saturday. The victory, in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams, snapped a two-game losing streak for Wyoming (4-2, 1-0). It was Wyoming's fourth consecutive home-game victory against the Rebels. Smith completed 10 of 19 passes for 96 yards and rushed 10 times for 59 yards. Chris McNeill added a 76-yard score on a punt return, making up for a fumbled punt earlier in the game.
The loss was the third straight for the Rebels (1-5, 0-1) and their 13th consecutive loss on the road. Seeking to jumpstart an offense that was averaging 137 passing yards a game, UNLV started a
new quarterback, Sean Reilly, who threw for just 79 yards. Dionza Bradford led the Rebels with 104 yards on 22 rushes, and Tim Cornett scored two rushing TDs.
The Wyoming Cowboys are one step closer to a seven win season and a potential bowl game after defeating UNLV. The Cowboys face off against the San Diego State University Aztecs this coming Saturday at 8:00 PM Mountain time. Tune in to KUGR 104.9FM and 1490AM for pregame coverage starting at 7:00 PM.