UNLV has had some bad losses in its horrid football history.
None was as bad as Saturday night.
The Rebels were 45-point favorites and found themselves in trouble from the beginning, and in losing 43-40 to FCS member Howard at Sam Boyd Stadium threw into major doubt all the optimism coach Tony Sanchez expressed in the leadup to the season.
The loss is believed to be the biggest upset in college football history according to the point spread.
Now the Rebels have to find a way to regroup and get on with the rest of their season, beginning next Saturday at Idaho. That game looked as if it would be a strong indication of whether UNLV’s hope for making a bowl was realistic.
Such talk now would be laughable.
Howard quarterback Caylin Newton scored what turned out to be the winning touchdown with a 4-yard run with 7:34 left. It also turned out to be the last score of the night. Newton, a freshman and the younger brother of Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton, rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
That overshadowed the highly anticipated debut of UNLV redshirt freshman quarterback Armani Rogers, who completed 11 of 19 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 82 yards on nine carries.
Lexington Thomas led the Rebels with 151 yards and two touchdowns on 21 rushes, but UNLV’s defense couldn’t stop Howard’s ground attack. The Bison rushed for 309 yards.
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