Penny runs for 170, No. 19/21 SDSU beats UNLV, 41-10

Oct. 7, 2017

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LAS VEGAS -

Rashaad Penny ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lift No. 19 San Diego State over UNLV 41-10 on Saturday night.

It was the Rebels' first game since the mass shooting that killed 58 people on the Las Vegas Strip this week. First responders released balloons from the field during a moment of silence before the game.

Penny recorded his sixth straight 100-yard game to open the season, and the Aztecs (6-0, 2-0 Mountain West) defeated UNLV (2-3, 1-1) for the 13th time in their last 16 meetings.

Juwan Washington added 95 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown for the Aztecs, who have won 27 of their last 30 games.

SDSU's Christian Chapman threw for 172 yards and had a 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Aztecs out gained UNLV 302-106 on the ground.

One week after accounting for 287 total yards and four touchdowns against San Jose State, UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers completed 12 of 27 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown.

San Diego State has won nine of 10 away from home and 20 of its last 22 against conference opponents.

UNLV has not beaten a ranked opponent since 2008.

THE TAKEAWAY

San Diego State: It had been almost a month since the Aztecs had a comfortable margin of victory. After back-to-back one-possession wins against Air Force and Northern Illinois, the ground-and-pound attack has SDSU aiming for a New Year's Six spot.

UNLV: The Rebels' calling card has been the running game, but Lexington Thomas was held to 54 yards on 14 carries, forcing Rogers to throw more than usual. San Diego State's defense was ready for that.

UP NEXT

San Diego State: The Aztecs will host to Boise State on Oct. 14 in a potential Mountain West Conference championship preview.

UNLV: The Rebels head to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the first time since November 2013 to take on Air Force.

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