After struggling for 2½ games, UNLV finally found some momentum in the second half of Saturday’s 48-34 loss to Northern Illinois, nearly rallying from 23 points down to win. The Rebels’ offense clicked in that 30 minutes, and now the key is making sure that production carries over when UNLV plays at Houston at 5 p.m. PDT Saturday. UNLV’s defense also needs to show improvement, and that would mean stopping the Cougars on third downs, which has been a big problem for the Rebels. Both teams are 1-2 and need the victory, and for a UNLV team beginning a three-week stretch on the road, the Rebels’ season is at a tipping point.
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