Halftime: Aztecs lead Rebels 28-10

by Ryan Posner, Staff Writer

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The San Diego State Aztecs lead the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels 28-10 at halftime in both teams’ conference opener at Qualcomm Stadium.
Sophomore running back Donnel Pumphrey had a monster first half rushing for 107 yards and all four of SDSU’s touchdowns. This is already the third game this year that Pumphrey has multiple rushing touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards.
Pumphrey is three touchdowns away from breaking the school record, held by Marshall Faulk.
Senior quarterback Quinn Kaehler bounced back nicely after a forgettable outing at Oregon State University last week.  Kaehler goes into the half 10-18 with 176 yards passing.
Junior wide receiver Larry Clark is the Aztecs leading receiver at halftime. He has four catches for 71 yards.
Freshman wide receiver Mikah Holder, who was redshirted to begin the season, caught his first career pass. He has 24 yards at the half.
Down 7-3 midway through the first quarter, UNLV junior quarterback Blake Decker launched a 44-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Devonte Boyd. Decker goes into the half 7-14 with 160 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
The interception came from redshirt freshman cornerback Billy Vaughn Jr., who picked off Decker in the end-zone; it was the first of his career.
Decker took a big blow from senior defensive lineman Sam Meredith, but was able to walk off the field on his own power.
Junior defensive lineman Jon Sanchez also had a big first half, constantly getting into the UNLV backfield. He had a tackle for a loss that forced a field goal for UNLV.
UNLV will get the ball at half after the Aztecs won the coin toss and elected to receive to begin the game.

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