The Rebels (7-5) make their first bowl appearance in 13 years when they take on North Texas (8-4) at 9 a.m. PST on New Year’s Day. North Texas is a touchdown favorite.
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How to define a great day for UNLV football: That some 13 years after the school qualified for its last postseason game, the Rebels on Sunday accepted an invitation to play North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day.
UNLV will play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day against North Texas.
About a year ago, Bobby Hauck sat at his desk as reporters asked him about his tenuous future as UNLV’s football coach. He was upfront, telling them he probably needed to get the Rebels bowl eligible to keep his job.
As it waits for a potential bowl invitation, UNLV has taken on the attitude of former Fresno State coach Pat Hill of wanting to play anybody, anywhere, anytime. The question is whether the Rebels will get to play at all.
Blake Decker, a quarterback at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College, committed to the Rebels. He plans to sign this month, which would allow him to compete in spring practices.
The Rebels might not know whether they will be part of the bowl season until Sunday, though a decision could come sooner.
This much we know: That improving enough this football season to become bowl eligible, Bobby Hauck and his UNLV team accomplished what Jim Livengood demanded, what Neal Smatresk expected, what Tina Kunzer-Murphy felt necessary to prove tangible progress.
Here’s a look at the top performers from UNLV’s win over San Diego State.
The Rebels thrashed San Diego State University on Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium, thanks in large part to Devante Davis and Caleb Herring. Twitter was excited, but also found time to attack UNLV’s choice of uniform.