PLAYER OF THE GAME

Johnson broke off a 56-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, finished with 80 rushing yards, and completed 15-of-24 passes for 183 yards and two more TDs. He completed 8-of-9 passes for 96 yards in the third quarter.This player had this many yards on this many carries and made this big play at this important point of the game to help this team.

PLAY OF THE GAME

The outcome had already been decided, but the most exciting play of the game occurred in the fourth quarter when running back Matt Asiata made a brilliant fake on a play-action pass and tossed a 32-yard touchdown strike to Jereme Brooks.

KEY CALL

Giving the speedy David Reed the chance to return kickoffs against UNLV paid off nicely for the Utes. Reed changed the momentum of the game with his 49-yard kickoff return to open the second half. It helped Utah take its first lead of the game.

QUOTABLE

"I could tell they've been doing some tackling drills this year. The big 15-20 yard runs I was getting last year were more like 5 this time. Their defense did a good job.—UNLV running back Frank Summers, who rushed for 190 yards last season, but was held to 87 yards on Saturday night."

— Frank Summers UNLV running back

UP NEXT

VS. UTAH STATE

When: Sept. 13, 6 p.m.

Where: Romney Stadium

TV: TBA Radio: 700AM

Update: The Aggies fell to 0-2 with their second straight road setback, a 66-24 loss Saturday against 18th-ranked Oregon.