1994 Las Vegas Bowl

1994 Las Vegas Bowl
UNLV 52, CMU 24
December 15, 1994
Las Vegas, Nev.

Las Vegas Bowl III marked the second time in 1994 that the Central Michigan University Chippewas and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels met. The Chippewas won the earlier contest 35-23 in Mount Pleasant.

CMU could not capture the second meeting as the Chippewas fell to the Rebels, 52-24.

CMU entered the bowl game on a high note after defeating Bowling Green in a winner-take-all game for the MAC title. In preparing for the bowl game, however, All-American tailback Brian Pruitt suffered a bruised knee and was unable to play in the second battle with UNLV.

The Rebels jumped out to an early lead, scoring on their first two possessions. A Brad Blasy 20-yard field goal put CMU on the scoreboard with 3:44 left in the first quarter. On the last play of the quarter, Erik Timpf hit Terrance McMillan with a 53-yard touchdown pass, cutting the UNLV lead to 14-10.  

The second quarter belonged to UNLV as three CMU turnovers resulted in 17 Rebels points. UNLV took a 31-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The CMU offense struggled in the third quarter as starting quarterback Timpf was forced out of the game with an injury. The Chippewas were held scoreless while UNLV added two touchdowns.

The Rebels expanded the lead to 52-10 by scoring on the first possession of the fourth quarter. Chad Darnell then threw a 24-yard TD pass to Terrance McMillan with 8:10 left in the game. Damon Tolbert added a four-yard rushing TD with 1:33 left in the game before it ended, 52-24.

Game Statistics

  1 2 3 4 Final
CMU 10 0 0 14 24
UNLV 14 17 14 7 52
Attendance - 17,562  

Team   Qt.   Play  
UNLV   1   Bailey 46-yard pass from Brown (Garritano PAT)  
UNLV   1   Bailey 1-yard run (Garritano PAT)
CMU   1   Blasy 20-yard field goal
CMU   1   McMillan 53-yard pass from Timpf (Blasy PAT)  
UNLV   2   Bailey 49-yard run (Garritano PAT)  
UNLV   2   Washington 15-yard fumble return (Garritano PAT)
UNLV   2   Garritano 38-yard field goal
UNLV   3   Bailey 1-yard run (Garritano PAT)
UNLV   3   Keener 33-yard pass from Brown (Garritano PAT)
UNLV   4   Gatewood 45-yard pass from Davis (Garritano PAT)  
CMU   4   McMillan 24-yard pass from Darnell (Blasy PAT)  
CMU   4   Tolbert 4-yard run (Blasy PAT)

    CMU   UNLV
First Downs   22   26
Rushing Attempts   51   42
Net Rushing   152   301
Net Passing   224   288
Passes Attempted   25   27
Passes Completed   13   15
Interceptions   2   0
Total Plays   76   69
Total Net Yards   376   589
Fumbles/Lost   5/2   3/1
Penalties/Yards   6/50   8/89
Time of Possession   36:34   23:26

Damon Tolbert 11-79, John King 6-51, Eric Johnson 16-47, Erik Timpf 12-6, Andy Korytkowski 1-(-7), Chad Darnell 5-(-24)
DeJohn Branch 13-125, Henry Bailey 7-79, Jared Brown 6-32, Jonathan Perez 7-31, Omar Love 6-21, Jason Davis 3-13

Erik Timpf 7-12-2 for 122, Chad Darnell 6-13-0 for 102
Jared Brown 11-21-0 for 195, Jason Davis 4-6-0 for 93

Terrance McMillan 4-100, Andy Korytkowski 3-44, Jerremy Dunlap 3-40, Jerry Miller 2-32, Eric Johnson 1-8
Randy Gatewood 6-104, Henry Bailey 5-101, Daemon Keener 1-33, Mike Bell 1-31, Tom Lewis 1-12, Randy Brewer 1-7

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