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UNLV loses second chance at bowl game; Twitter loses its collective head


UNLV lost its second chance at bowl eligibility Saturday night, in the process allowing Utah State University to become bowl eligibile.

Twitter wasn’t happy about it.

The game was a nail biter until the final seconds, with the teams keeping within a score of one another despite USU being a 15-point favorite.

A 10-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Herring to Marcus Sullivan gave UNLV a 7-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

“Touchdown, #Rebels! (@ESPN, keep reminding us how bad #UNLV is in the 1st Q, it seems to help!) #GoRebels,” tweeted @desertsheepdog.

Two USU touchdowns in the second quarter were met by a touchdown and field goal by UNLV, and fans started to get a little excited.

“Lets go #UNLV!! Get that win, get that first bowl game since before I was in college. #2001freshmanyear,” tweeted @MileHiPhill.

OK, maybe really excited.

“I HAVE AN URGENT AND IMPORTANT MESSAGE. UNLV HAS A 17-14 LEAD AT HALFTIME. THIS HOLDS, THEY WILL BE BOWL ELIGIBLE. THAT IS ALL,” tweeted @greekpadre.

Fans entered the third quarter feeling hopeful, but maybe a little wary.

“Proud of this team. My Rebels. They are bringin it tonight. #NoQuitInEm #UNLV,” tweeted @depuppy3.

“UNLV is like, winning football games these days. It’s weird,” tweeted @paulkman.

UNLV was unable to keep USU from scoring in the third quarter, and entered the fourth quarter down 21-17.

“Typical UNLV football! I shouldn’t get my hopes up but I always do!” tweeted @jhurzel.

The fourth quarter saw matching touchdowns and UNLV fans starting to lose their cool — especially when the Rebels squandered their chance to win with incomplete passes in the final seconds of the game.

“That was the worst, UNLV,” tweeted @khaal53.

“I’ll never get back the 5 minutes I just lost watching UNLV derp their way to a loss,” tweeted @batogato.

“Way to choke, unlv” tweeted @chole_world.

And perhaps the most depressing sentiment of them all:

“UNLV doing UNLV things,” tweeted @TrueBlueLowry21.

The Rebels have two more chances to become bowl eligible: Against Air Force on Nov. 21 and San Diego State on Nov. 30.

 

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