Record-setting performance spoils Idaho State’s trip

A group of Idaho State students spent more than three miserable hours in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The difficult evening had nothing to do with drink prices at the nightclubs or a bad streak at the tables.

In fact, the kids weren’t on vacation at all.

It was the school’s football team in town for a game against UNLV at Sam Boyd Stadium and it was ugly.

The Rebels destroyed the Bengals 80-8 and UNLV set a whole bunch of records in the process as coach Tony Sanchez got his first career victory.

Here’s a look at some of the all-time marks set on Saturday when the Rebels snapped a nine-game losing streak, as compiled by the UNLV sports information staff:

-The 80 points scored were the most ever by a Rebel team, besting the 72 scored in a 72-7 win at New Mexico in 1980.

-It also marked the most points scored by a Mountain West Conference team in history and was the most scored through Week Four of the 2015 season by any FBS team.

-The 35 points scored in the first quarter were the most ever by a Rebel team in any quarter. It bested the 33 scored in the fourth quarter vs. Cal Tech in 1968, which was the first year of the football program.

-The 52 points scored in the first half were the most ever by a UNLV team in any half. It bested the 38 scored at New Mexico in the second half in 1980 and the 38 scored vs. Western Illinois in the first half in 1977.

-The 72-point margin of victory was also the biggest in school history, besting the 69-0 win over Cal Tech in 1968. It also tied for the biggest margin in Mountain West history.

-UNLV scored a school-record 11 touchdowns, which bested the previous record of 10, which happened twice (UNM in 1980 and Cal Tech in 1968).

-The 517 net yards of rushing were just six yards short of the school record for a game (523 at Santa Clara in 1973).

Contact reporter Adam Hill at or 702-224-5509. Follow him on Twitter: @adamhilllvrj

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