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NCAA Game Summary - U-N-L-V at Washington State

(Saturday, September 10th)

Final Score: Washington State 59, UNLV 7

Pullman, WA (Sports Network) - Marshall Lobbestael threw for career highs of 361 yards and five touchdowns as the Washington State Cougars crushed the UNLV Rebels, 59-7, in non-conference action at Martin Stadium.

Lobbestael, who is playing in place of injured signal-caller Jeff Tuel who suffered a fractured collarbone last week, completed 24-of-32 passes as Washington State (2-0) head coach Paul Wulff got off to a 2-0 start with the program for the first time in four seasons with the program.

Receiver Jared Karstetter caught a game-high six passes for 66 yards and a pair of scores as the Cougars produced their second huge offensive effort in as many games to open the 2011 campaign.

UNLV (0-2), which bowed to nationally-ranked Wisconsin in the season opener by another lopsided score of 51-17, generated just 158 yards of total offense. Quarterback Caleb Herring completed only 11-of-20 passes for a meager 60 yards.

The Cougars scored on their first five possessions and never looked back, beginning with a 48-yard scoring run by Rickey Galvin less than two and a half minutes into the first quarter. Later in the period Lobbestael connected with Karstetter on a five-yard scoring strike to make the score 14-0.

Just seconds into the second period Lobbestael and Karstetter again hooked up, this time from 19 yards out for their second TD of the game. Before the intermission, Lobbestael combined with Isiah Barton and Andrei Lintz on touchdown passes of 21 and 23 yards, respectively, making the score 35-0 at the break.

In the second half it was more WSU as kicker Andrew Furney knocked through a 46-yard field goal. Before taking a seat on the bench, Lobbestael logged his fifth TD pass of contest, a seven-yard connection with Marquess Wilson to push the score to 45-0.

The Cougars offense continued to pile on as backup quarterback Connor Halliday stepped in and capped a two-play, 65-yard drive with a 57-yard TD pass to Kristoff Williams in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Halliday was back at it later in the stanza with a 10-yard TD pass to Bennett Bontemps to make the score 59-0 with 5:42 remaining.

On the ensuing kickoff the Rebels generated their only points of the afternoon on a 95-yard touchdown return by Tim Cornett.

WSU, which produced 590 yards of offense in the 64-21 season-opening win last week against Idaho State, put up an even more impressive 610 yards this week as the hosts made quick work of the Rebels.

With the victory the Cougars, who were hosting the Rebels for the first time since 1986, remained perfect in the series against UNLV, winning all five encounters.

Even though the Rebels are winless in their first two games of the season and have been outscored by a combined 110-24, head coach Bobby Hauck was given a vote of confidence by the school earlier this week when he was approved for a two-year contract extension.

09/10 22:15:30 ET

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