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Rogers, Williams help UNLV run past Southern Utah, 56-23

Southern Utah quarterback Chris Helbig (8) runs with the ball against UNLV at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.
Courtesy SUU Athletics Strategic Communication

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Armani Rogers accounted for three touchdowns, Charles Williams ran for three more, and UNLV cruised to a 56-23 win over Southern Utah on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

Rogers was 11-of-17 passing for 144 yards and a score and added 11 carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns and Williams finished with 143 yards rushing and three TDs.

Williams scored on runs of 22 and 8 yards to make it 14-0 before Chris Helbig led Southern Utah on an 11-play, 77-yard drive capped by his 2-yard TD run with 9:34 left in the second quarter. UNLV scored touchdowns on its next six possessions — while allowing the Thunderbirds’ offense to cross midfield just once during that span — to make it 56-7 going into the fourth quarter.

Helbig finished 14-of-26 passing for 138 yards. Tyler Skidmore, who started the second half, completed 11 of 16 for 157 yards, including touchdown passes of 7 and 5 yards to Zach Nelson for SUU.

“We’ve got some things to build off,” SUU head coach Demario Warren said, per a school release. “We’ve got 11 weeks left and goals don’t change because we lost this. It’s not the way we want to play, but we’ve got some things to build off.”