MOSCOW, Idaho -- UNLV's Bobby Hauck lives strictly by the football's coach credo of not reading too much into any game. He contends no one knows a game's impact until after the season.
Maybe that's usually the case, but the Rebels (0-2) seem to have an awful lot at stake in tonight's game against Idaho (1-1).
A loss could signal to UNLV fans it's time to start thinking about basketball season, but a victory after opening with losses to two ranked teams could give the Rebels a badly needed lift.
"It's definitely a pivotal game," offensive tackle Matt Murphy said. "There's no more, 'This is a new offense. This is a new team.' "
With dreadful New Mexico (17 losses in its past 18 games) visiting Las Vegas next week, a victory tonight could mean the Rebels would be 2-2 entering the Oct. 2 home game against UNR.