Tony Sanchez did everything but win at UNLV, setting the program on a path for success more than anyone else who held his position. He defeated UNR on Saturday in his final game.
The Rebels trailed 58-48 with a minute left in regulation, but forced overtime, 60-60, on Elijah Mitrou-Long’s 3-pointer with one second left. Mitrou-Long scored 29 points.
The UNLV-UNR football rivalry has been marked by its share of tense moments, and Saturday’s postgame brawl was among the ugliest.
Ariel Colon hit a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, starting an 11-2 run by Elon that carried the Phoenix to a 50-44 win over UNLV in a Lady Rebel Round-Up semifinal Saturday.
After being fired by UNLV last week, Tony Sanchez suggested college football coaches who jump directly from high school might be doomed to fail.
Kenyon Oblad threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Steve Jenkins in overtime to give UNLV a 33-30 win at UNR on Saturday in the final game for Rebels coach Tony Sanchez.
UNLV plays at Cincinnati on Saturday, beginning a trip that also includes games at Fresno State and against Brigham Young in Salt Lake City.
UNLV and UNR have different ideas how to make their football season more significant. The teams meet at noon Saturday in Reno.
Tony Sanchez showed class in facing the music and the media after being fired as UNLV’s football coach following five losing seasons — unlike Mike Sanford when he was ousted by the school.
UNLV was expected to move into Allegiant Stadium full time next season, but its games against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 5 and Arizona State on Sept. 12 might be played at Sam Boyd Stadium.