SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Brett Elliott threw three touchdowns passes - two to Paris Jackson - as Utah ended a six-game losing streak with a 28-17 Mountain West Conference victory over Nevada-Las Vegas.
Elliott completed 18-for-30 passes for 172 yards, while Jackson had four catches for 46 yards.
The Utes (3-6, 1-4) raced to a 21-0 halftime lead. Jackson had TDs of 10 and 30 yards to make it 14-0 and Elliott connected with Devin Houston on a 13-yard score, giving Utah a three- touchdown advantage with 32 seconds before intermission.
The Utes avoided their first seven-game losing streak since 1986, when they went 2-9 under current New York Giants coach Jim Fassel.
Utah outrushed the Rebels (4-6, 2-3) by a margin of 211-97 and turned the game into a rout when junior Brandon Warfield ripped off a 61-yard TD to extend the Utes' advantage to 28-7 with 11:32 remaining in the third quarter.
J.R. Peroulis finished with 110 yards on 17 carries for Utah, while Warfield added 95 yards on 14 attempts.
The Rebels scored 10 points in a span of 1:50 in the fourth as Dillon Pieffer booted a 42-yard field goal and Earvin Johnson caught a seven-yard pass from Jason Thomas that made it 28-17 with 8:03 to go.
Thomas completed 14-of-34 passes for 186 yards, but was sacked four times as Utah opened a 7-1 lead in the all-time series.