UNLV became bowl eligible Thursday night for the first time since 2000, rolling over Air Force and giving Twitter a reason to celebrate.
No one could have known UNLV would score the first 27 points of the game, of course — and most people were more concerned about the cold, anyway.
“Zero and I mean zero fun happening tonight in the #UNLVvsAFA game. Snow on the field. 12 people in the stands and they might be Yeti,” tweeted @pshuck.
Then the touchdowns started rolling in. Three TDs from Tim Cornett and two from quarterback Caleb Herring left the score going into halftime at 33-14.
“For the first time in a long time I’m happy, excited and actually genuinely care when watching a rebel football game #UNLVFB #rebels,” tweeted @Winesd.
The Rebels were playing like they “really wanted to go to a bowl game,” many said. And they looked more comfortable in the cold than Air Force did.
“Many thought it’d be a cold day in hell that hauck would get Rebels bowling. Turns out, it might just be cold day in Colorado #unlvfb,” tweeted #Rebel_Net.
UNLV held on to their lead until the end, giving fans something they haven’t seen in more than a decade:
“#UNLV 41, Air Force 21. The Rebels are bowl eligible for the first time since the 2000 season. #UNLVFB #VEGAS #SINCITYLOVE,” tweeted @VegasHaze.
“Bowl eligible baby! Haven’t been since 2000. Lets do somethin’ big rebs!” tweeted @gunner_s9.
Cornett, who reached 1,000 rushing yards for the season and rushed for four touchdowns, was huge for UNLV.
“Should #unlvfb one day retire Cornett’s jersey? All time leading rushing, led team to rare bowl eligibility?” tweeted @raybrewer21.
#UNLVFB was the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Las Vegas Thursday night after the game.
“#UNLVFB: Big win and Twitter trending! There IS college football in Vegas!” tweeted @CDReed.
@TheDrewster35 summed it up:
“#UNLV wins the Cannon for the first time since 2004 & becomes bowl eligible for the first time since 2000. How could you not be happy?”
Next up for the Rebels is San Diego State at home on Nov. 30.
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