3 Takeaways from UNLV’s victory against North Texas

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Linebacker Fred Thompkins makes a tackle on North Texas running back Oscar Adaway during the Rebels' 58-27 win over North Texas Saturday at Allegiant Stadium. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

Saturday ended in victory for the UNLV Rebels in a matchup against the North Texas Mean Green. The final score was 58-27, with an unmatched offense on the Rebels side. 

The Rebels exceeded expectations with a sturdy offense and resilient defense. Two standouts in this game were sophomore quarterback Doug Brumfield and junior running back Aidan Robbins. Brumfield had 211 passing yards and 21-of-27 completions and Robbins led in rushing with 227 rushing yards and 29 carries. 

This is the first week back in Allegiant after UNLV’s road game against Cal last week. Coach Marcus Arroyo expressed his appreciation for being back at their home field. 

“Obviously great to be back home at Allegiant with our fans,” Arroyo said after the win. “It was fantastic to be here with a bunch of people. Obviously good to get our fan base excited and gassed up.” 

As the team prepares for next week’s game at Utah State, the Rebels can have comfort in knowing they are now 2-1, with a winning record going into Mountain West Conference play. Here are three takeaways from the win. 

QB Doug Brumfield shines with dominating performance

With two rushing touchdowns and 100 rushing yards, along with 211 passing yards, 21-of-27 passing (a 78% completion percentage) and two passing touchdowns, the Rebel quarterback came to win. 

Brumfield had an outstanding day, leading the Rebels to victory. His success came from a combination of passing and rushing. The ball movement was consistent and Brumfield rushed in the scenarios in which he knew it had to be done. 

It’s all about the rushing yards

Robbins was a standout player tonight on the offense with 29 carries and 227 rushing yards. He scored three of the day’s touchdowns. 

It was a day of incredible plays in the backfield, and at the center was Robbins, a new transfer this year from Louisville. 

Robbins had his first score on a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter, followed by a second big run for touchdown by Robbins in the third quarter, a 33-yard run to the end zone. His final touchdown was at the start of the fourth quarter, a short 1-yard run. 

He had some incredible plays besides his touchdowns, which included a 59-yard run to set the Rebels up with a first-and-goal inside the 5-yard line. Robbins thrived on the field, picking up big rushing yards for the Rebels.

UNLV off to undefeated start at home

In a high scoring game for UNLV, the Rebels leave Allegiant Stadium victorious, undefeated at home, and 2-1 overall. 

They leave tonight with a 31-point victory, and an incredible game from beginning to end for UNLV on both sides of the ball. It has been four years since the Rebels had a standing of 2-1 within their first three games. 

Besides Brumfield and Robbins, UNLV’s defense came up with some important plays. The Rebels stuffed North Texas on three fourth-down attempts. Sophomore defensive back Cameron Oliver returned an interception for a touchdown for the game’s final points. 

The next home game at Allegiant will be Sept. 30 against New Mexico after playing Utah State on the road this Saturday. The Rebels also have home games on Veteran’s Day against Fresno State and UNR on Nov. 26.

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