UNLV Football: Top Moments of the Past Decade

Pre-season football started this week which means that college football season is right around the corner.  College football season for UNLV starts on September 4, 2010 against the Wisconsin Badgers. 

In this week’s sports column, I am going to present some of the top moments in Rebel football in the last 10 years.

Victory over Arkansas in the Las Vegas Bowl

December 21, 2000: the UNLV Rebels beat the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Las Vegas Bowl with a final score of 31 – 14.  Jason Thomas, UNLV QB, threw 3 touchdown passes and had an impressive performance which led to speculation that he could win the Heisman Trophy in 2001.  The performance of the team also earned them the #25 spot in the following year’s Sports Illustrated preseason Top 25 poll. 

Victory over # 14 Wisconsin

September 13, 2003:  In a display of defensive domination, the UNLV Rebels beat the #14 ranked Wisconsin Badgers in Wisconsin with a score of 23 – 5.  The Rebels won, even though they had a combined total 187 yards of offense.   The UNLV defense came up big, causing 5 turnovers, 3 from fumbles and 2 from interceptions. 

Victory over UNR

October 2, 2004: the UNLV Rebels beat the UNR Wolf Pack 48 – 13 to win the battle of the Fremont Cannon.  What is special about this victory, is that it was John Robinson’s 5th straight year beating the Wolf Pack and came the week he announced his retirement. 

Victory over Air Force

November 24, 2006: the UNLV Rebels beat Air Force 42 – 39 in the final game of the season.  The Rebels had only won one other game that year, but this game showcased the possibilities and excitement of the Rebels offense.  The Rebels offense had a total of 555 net yards in this game.  The Rebels also had two wideouts with 100 yards or more receiving – Ryan Wolfe with 108 yards receiving and Casey Flair with 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. 

 Shutout of the Utes

September 22, 2007: Utilizing both sound offense and defense, the UNLV Rebels shutout the Utah Utes at Sam Boyd Stadium with a score of 27 – 0.  The Utah Utes had just beaten UCLA 44 -6 the prior week.  The big story of the night was Frank Summers, UNLV RB, rushing for 190 yards, and scoring 3 touchdowns.  The UNLV defense also caused 3 turnovers. 

 Victory over # 15 ASU in overtime

September 13, 2008: the UNLV Rebels beat #15 ASU in Tempe, Arizona in overtime, with a final score of 23 – 20.  The Rebels were down by 7, when Philip Payne, UNLV WR, caught an amazing catch to tie the game.  In overtime, the Rebels blocked an ASU field goal attempt to win the game.

Victory over ISU

September 20, 2008: the week after the UNLV Rebels beat ASU in overtime, the Rebels owned overtime again, beating Iowa State 34-31.   This time, UNLV would not need to block a field goal.  After ISU scored a field goal in overtime, Philip Payne made another great catch for a touchdown, winning the game for the Rebels. 

 The UNLV Rebels football team begins their 2010 campaign on September 4, 2010 against the visiting Wisconsin Badgers.  For tickets, please visit www.UNLVTickets.com.

Column writted by Joe Buda 

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