As the losses mount amid the advent of major league sports in Las Vegas, it seems the Rebels are getting closer to fading into oblivion than returning to prominence.
In a five-part series titled “Rebels in Ruins,” which begins Monday, Review-Journal sports writers Ed Graney, Ron Kantowski and Mark Anderson will analyze UNLV’s downward trajectory in the revenue sports, how expansion and television revenues have widened the gap between the Power Five and Group of Five conferences, and what, if anything, the Rebels can do to expedite a return to prominence.
UNLV lost a heartbreaker on Saturday at Hawaii, falling 35-28. But the Rebels have to quickly refocus with UNR visiting Sam Boyd Stadium this weekend.
UNLV blew a 15-point fourth-quarter lead as Hawaii backup quarterback Chevan Cordeiro threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes to give the Rainbow Warriors a stunning 35-28 win over UNLV on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
UNLV hopes to take advantage of a Hawaii defense that allows more than 200 yards rushing per game. Rebels running back Lexington Thomas is coming off a 133-yard, two-touchdown game at San Diego State.
Kirstie Hillyer had 16 kills and Katie Oleksak 37 assists to lead Colorado State to a 3-0 victory over UNLV in a Mountain West volleyball match Thursday in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Oakland’s Xavier Hill-Mais was the Horizon League player of the week after averaging 23.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games. UNLV plays the Golden Grizzlies at 7 p.m. Friday at the Thomas & Mack Center.