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FSM Essential Recap: UNLV vs Iowa State – Week 3


With Doug Brumfield out with a contusion in his chest after a vicious hit last week against ASU, the Rebels started freshman Cam Friel. Local high school football legend Tate Martell also saw his first action of the year for the Rebels.


UNLV vs Iowa State
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The Rebels started their third quarterback in three games when the freshman Friel took the first snap of the game for the Rebels. Friel and Martell had been getting equal snaps with the Rebels’ first team most of the week, and coach Arroyo determined that Martell would play this week against Iowa State. Martell had been working hard to move up the depth chart since announcing coming to UNLV as a walk-on. After coming off thumb surgery, the local product was not active in the Rebels’ week one loss to Eastern Washington. He was cleared last Thursday and dressed out against Arizona St. but didn’t practice all week other than scout team.

The Rebels deferred after winning the coin toss, and the Cyclones marched down the field for a Breece Hall touchdown. Friel then led the Rebels offense out for the first time of his young college career, and after picking up nine yards (excluding a pass interference call) on five plays, was forced to punt. On the second Iowa State possession, the Cyclones again marched down the field for another Breece Hall touchdown to open the second quarter.

After UNLV failed to convert on fourth down at the 50-yard line, Iowa State took over but could not score on 4th and inches after the Rebels defense had a big stop. But the Rebels only moved the seven yards and were forced to punt. The UNLV defense forced a fumble, and it was now Tate Martell’s time for the Rebels. Martell ran one play, giving the ball to Chuck Williams, only to be taken out by UNLV head coach Marcus Arroyo. Friel came back in only to throw an interception on 3rd down, which Iowa State turned into 7 points. UNLV was down 21-0 with 1:57 left in the first half, only having 28 total yards, 4 of which were through the air.

Iowa State got the ball back after a three and out and drove down to the Rebels 23. They made a 40-yard field goal to make the halftime score 24-0.


The first half of horrors for UNLV ended with the Rebels having 23 yards of offense and giving up 303 yards to Iowa State. The Rebels needed to find a spark coming out of halftime.


UNLV vs Iowa State
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Coming out the half UNLV went back to Friel for a play, who completed a short 3-yard pass to Kyle Williams. Martell went back in to rush the ball for no yards, only to have Friel come back in to be flushed out and out of bounds to force a punt. Iowa State then took the ball right down the field and scored a touchdown via tight end Charlie Kolar, who was all alone in the seam, to give the Cyclones a 31-0 lead.

Martell and Friel led the Rebels down into the Cyclones‘ red zone only to have to settle for a field goal to make it a 31-3 Iowa State lead. On their second possession, Brock Purdy threw a strike to Xavier Hutchinson to extend the lead to 38-3. That was Hutchinson’s second touchdown on the night. Martell was back in for the Rebels drive that started just outside their 20. But the Rebels drive stalled, and they turned the ball over on downs, with Iowa State taking over that the UNLV 42.

After a Cyclones punt, UNLV took over at their ten and couldn’t get their offense going. Friel led the Rebels to 3-and out and had to punt yet again. Iowa St. took over at the Rebels 47-yard line with 11:41 to go. The Cyclones attempted a 54-yard field goal that would have been good from 57 to give the Cyclones a 41-3 lead. However, Martell was the signal-caller to start the next series, and after only gaining 5 yards, the Rebels were forced to punt again. Iowa State scored with 5:37 left in the game to make it a 48-3 lead.

The Cyclones’ depth and execution were too much for UNLV to overcome. The Iowa State defense stopped the UNLV running game and took Chuck Williams out of the game. The Cyclones’ offense took advantage of outstanding offensive line play and hit on their shots down the field. With Doug Brumfield out, UNLV’s QBs struggled to get going and lacked rhythm. If Brumfield remains out next week, we can expect an open competition between Friel and Martell.

The final score of the game was 48-3 Iowa State.


UNLV will now head to Fresno to take on the Bulldogs. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7:00 and can be seen on CBS Sports Network next Friday night.

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