UNLV’s football team should see much better nights this season, mostly because it’s doubtful the Rebels will play a more talented team than the side it encountered Saturday before 50,103 and an ESPN audience.
Look. UNLV wasn’t winning this game. It’s not near as fast or talented as Arizona, which entered a 24-point favorite. But coming off a 7-6 season and bowl appearance, the Rebels needed to show up far more than they did
Arizona failed to score on its first two offensive possessions Friday night, and the UNLV defense had to be feeling pretty good. But it didn’t take long for Terris Jones-Grigsby to eradicate whatever sense of satisfaction the Rebels defense had.
Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon saved one last big smile after a statistically spectacular debut Friday night for the end of the postgame news conference.
UNLV always knew Arizona was likely its toughest opponent on the schedule, and the Rebels better hope that’s the case following Friday’s lopsided season-opening loss.
The Rebels fall to Arizona by a score of 58-13 for the second year in a row.
The Rebels are excited about opportunities and not worried about obstacles as they open the season against heavily favored Arizona. That’s an important change for Bobby Hauck’s team.
UNLV plays at Arizona to opens its football season, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. It’s a chance for the Rebels show last season’s success wasn’t a fluke.
While two arena proposals along the Strip and one in downtown draw most public attention for arenas, UNLV is quietly finalizing details to overhaul the Thomas & Mack Center, a facility that hosts everything from Rebels basketball to sold-out national rodeos to kids shows.
Senior wide receiver Devante Davis repaid the loyalty UNLV showed him by twice deciding to stay with the Rebels for another season. He should end his career as one of the greatest receivers in school history.