Andy Wilder's 33-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in the game completed a 17-point comeback for Northern Arizona during its 17-14 victory over UNLV on Saturday.
Down 14-0 at halftime at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Austin Shanks put the Lumberjacks on the scoreboard when he returned Chase Lansford's punt 75 yards for a touchdown with 13:47 remaining in the third quarter. Wilder's extra point kick followed and the Lumberjacks cut the Rebels' lead to 14-7.
Zach Bauman completed a 15-play, 80-yard drive when he ran for an 8-yard touchdown with 8:12 left in the fourth quarter. Wilder's kick tied the score at 14-14 after the touchdown drive that took 5:56. A 10-yard run by Shanks was the long play during the Lumberjacks' second TD drive.
Anders Battle provided a key defensive play during UNLV's last drive of the game when he sacked Nick Sherry for a 9-yard loss that created a third-and-18 situation for the Rebels on their own 39-yard line. Wilder's field goal followed the Rebels' final drive.
UNLV (0-2) took a 7-0 lead on its first drive of the game when Tim Cornett ran 42 yards for a touchdown with 10:48 left in the first quarter and Nolan Kohorst followed with the extra-point kick.
The Rebels took a 14-0 lead when Bradley Randle ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 13:57 left in the second quarter. Kohorst's second successful PAT kick completed a UNLV drive that lasted 17 plays for 83 yards in 7:53. During the drive, Cornett ran six times for 37 yards and ended the first quarter with 11 carries for 98 yards. He ended the first half with 15 carries for 115 yards and finished the game with 25 carries for 142 yards.
Northern Arizona (1-1) only entered into UNLV territory once in the first half. On a drive that started with 2:10 left in the second quarter, Nick Cole caught a 32-yard pass from quarterback Chase Cartwright and advanced the ball to the Rebels' 39-yard line. Two plays later Cole, who received four passes for 87 yards in the first half, caught an 18-yard pass from Cartwright that put the Lumberjacks on the Rebels' 17-yard line.
The Lumberjacks' drive, though, stalled at the 17-yard line after Cartwright threw three incomplete passes and Andy Wilder had his 34-yard field goal attempt blocked by the Rebels' Mark Garrick with one second left in the first half.
For the game, Cartwright, who replaced the injured Cary Grossart, completed 17 of 40 passes for 140 yards. Cole was his top target, catching five passes for 101 yards.
NOTES: The Lumberjacks and Rebels played for the eighth time, but this was the first meeting since host UNLV posted a 40-7 victory over NAU in 1992. Bauman, who was the Big Sky Conference's top rusher last season, tallied his 14th game (over three seasons) in which he rushed for at least 100 yards. He had 109 yards on 20 carries against the Rebels. UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck was an NAU assistant coach in 1993 and 1994 while current Rebels' offensive coordinator Brent Myers was with the Lumberjacks as an assistant coach from 1992 to 1997.