College Football
Fresno State at UNLV
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 3, 2018
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

With back-to-back games looming against conference rivals Boise State and San Diego State, it would be easy for No. 23 Fresno State to look past Saturday’s road contest against UNLV. Given the Bulldogs’ recent history against the Rebels, however, coach Jeff Tedford shouldn’t have any trouble keeping his squad focused.

The surging Bulldogs are riding a six-game winning streak but have lost three of the last four meetings against UNLV -- including a 26-16 defeat last season that served as Fresno State’s lone conference loss. The Rebels dropped their fifth straight game with last week’s 50-37 loss to previously winless San Jose State and face an uphill battle against Fresno State, which has held its last 19 opponents to 30 points or fewer and ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense at 13.5 points per game. The Bulldogs continued their dominance in Mountain West play with last week’s 50-20 win over Hawaii behind another stellar outing from senior quarterback Marcus McMaryion, who threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network. LINE: Fresno State -25

ABOUT FRESNO STATE (7-1, 4-0 Mountain West): McMaryion has gone 141 consecutive pass attempts without an interception and is completing 70.4 percent of his passes with 18 touchdown passes and seven scoring runs. The Bulldogs’ deep receiving corps is led by Jamire Jordan and KeeSean Johnson, who has a team-high 54 receptions and leads the nation in consecutive games with at least one catch (44). Tank Kelly and Mike Bell have three interceptions apiece to lead the opportunistic defense, which has allowed an average of 8.3 points in four conference games.

ABOUT UNLV (2-6, 0-4): Sophomore quarterback Max Gilliam is expected to make his fifth straight start in place of Armani Rogers, who has been out with a toe injury but practiced on Monday and could return for next week’s game at San Diego State. Gilliam was intercepted three times in last week’s loss to San Jose State, which held Rebels running back Lexington Thomas to 61 yards on 19 carries. One bright spot has been the play of freshman wide receiver Tyleek Collins, who caught seven passes for 170 yards and four touchdowns against the Spartans.


1. Fresno State has outscored its opponents 102-14 in the third quarter.

2. UNLV has not returned a punt for a touchdown in 17 years.

3. Fresno State is 6-0 on the road under Tedford in Mountain West regular-season games.

PREDICTION: Fresno State 49, UNLV 16
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Fresno State 7-1 W6 39.5 13.5 4-0 3-1 2-0 0-0 4-0
UNLV 2-6 L5 31.6 38.9 2-2 0-4 0-1 0-0 0-4
Last Meeting
Fresno State UNLV
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/28/17 UNLV 26 FRES 16 292 140 152 328 173 155
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Fresno State M. McMaryion 59.3 152 0 0
UNLV J. Stanton 58.6 155 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Fresno State J. Mims 12 68 5.7 2
UNLV L. Thomas 20 88 4.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Fresno State D. Grim 4 68 17.0 0
UNLV D. Boyd 5 62 12.4 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Fresno State J. Mims 2
UNLV J. Stanton 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Fresno State M. McMaryion 70.4 2142 18 2
UNLV M. Gilliam 54.4 1021 12 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Fresno State J. Mims 87 301 3.5 4
UNLV L. Thomas 136 725 5.3 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Fresno State K. Johnson 54 761 14.1 6
UNLV T. Collins 23 387 16.8 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Fresno State M. McMaryion 7
UNLV L. Thomas 8
Quickchart Matchup
Fresno State Fresno State Off vs  UNLV UNLV Def
Fresno State 428 yards
UNLV 475 yards
Fresno State 4.1 yards/rush
UNLV 5.3 yards/rush
Fresno State 8.8 yards/attempt
UNLV 8.9 yards/attempt
UNLV UNLV Off vs  Fresno State Fresno State Def
UNLV 405.4 yards
Fresno State 307.6 yards
UNLV 5.2 yards/rush
Fresno State 3.4 yards/rush
UNLV 5.7 yards/attempt
Fresno State 5.9 yards/attempt