There aren’t many better opening scenes than a player (Donnel Pumphrey of San Diego State) returning home needing 108 rushing yards against the country’s No. 2 run defense to become the NCAA’s all-time leader.
Bishop Gorman is in line to be named national champion a third straight season, but to earn such a distinction, whatever it really means, the Gaels must beat Liberty at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
While the Rebels will cite various statistics to paint a picture of some improvement on the field, such development isn’t near the level it needs to be for sustained success.
The Rebels hung in for a half before Boise State flexed its muscles for a 42-25 victory Friday night. But there remains more hints than not that things are moving, slowly but surely, in the right direction.
When the entirety of Sam Boyd Stadium exhaled late Saturday afternoon from the sheer lunacy that had just transpired, UNLV’s football team had earned itself a three-overtime win against favored Wyoming because of a simple but significant element.
Wyoming is another example that winning can be created different ways at different places. That perhaps more important than anything else for a new coach, understanding one’s culture stands above all else.
No one expected Ballot Measure C in San Diego to gain near the needed two-thirds majority to pass. With 16 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, the measure was well on its way to failing badly.
Before the Colorado State game, UNLV coach Tony Sanchez was like a prize fighter ready for battle, which made this all the more perplexing: His team never left its corner at the first bell.
UNLV started seven seniors and two juniors on defense, so the constant narrative we hear about the Rebels being young and inexperienced while rebuilding certainly doesn’t apply to that side of the ball.
He speaks like a man intent on when and not if, on beginning the process of relocating the Raiders to Las Vegas in a timely but aggressive manner.