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UNLV football to play at Northwestern in 2019

UNLV is headed back to Big Ten country for another big payday.

The Rebels’ football team will play at Northwestern on Sept. 14, 2019, and will receive a $1.2 million guarantee for the one-time trip.

“A trip to face a perennial Big Ten Conference bowl team such as Northwestern is a perfect addition to our 2019 schedule,” athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois said in a statement. “We look forward to taking our program back to Evanston (Illinois) for the first time in more than two decades.”

The Rebels last played at Northwestern in 1998 and received a return game at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2001. Northwestern won both meetings.

This will be the third road game against a Big Ten Conference opponent in five years. UNLV lost 28-7 at Michigan in 2015 and will play at Ohio State on Sept. 23. The Rebels received $1 million for playing at Michigan and will get $1.3 million from Ohio State.

Adding Northwestern leaves two open spots on the 2019 schedule. The Rebels also are scheduled to host Arkansas State on Sept. 7 of that year to conclude a home-and-home.

UNLV also announced its 2017 season opener against Howard at Sam Boyd will kick off at 6 p.m.

The school put on sale this week two types of partial season tickets. One plan costs $51 (plus fees) for three tickets and the other is $34 (plus fees) for two games. Both plans can include Hawaii on Nov. 4 and Brigham Young on Nov. 10 even though those are considered premium games.

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