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UNLV got bowled over by its rugged schedule

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 01:31 a.m. HST, Dec 04, 2010

The calendar shows that, at 92 days, this is the longest regular season in Nevada-Las Vegas football history.

The Rebels' record -- 2-10 -- makes it feel as if the season is even longer.

UNLV officials had hoped for improvement after hiring Bobby Hauk, who was 80-17 in seven seasons at Montana. Three times he led the Grizzlies to the championship game of the NCAA Division I-AA tournament.

But the Rebels have endured a difficult transition period and an even tougher schedule. Nine of the Rebels' 13 opponents are bowl eligible, and eight have been ranked in one of the two major polls.

How has this season gone?

The Rebels' No. 1 quarterback out of training camp, Mike Clausen, is now a backup safety.

The starting center, John Gianninoto, moved from guard after Andrew Mack needed surgery to remove his appendix.

But there is hope for the Rebels. They have played 23 freshmen this season, including 14 who are 2010 high school graduates.

Freshman running back Tim Cornett is the Rebels' leading rusher (510 yards), and Marcus Sullivan, who grayshirted last year, is one of the nation's best kick returners.


Hawaii 7 1 314 159 9 3 460 274
Nevada 6 1 296 170 11 1 519 270
Boise State 6 1 332 75 10 1 510 149
Fresno State 5 3 231 241 8 4 360 350
Louisiana Tech 4 3 233 229 5 6 304 318
Idaho 2 5 161 251 5 7 320 345
Utah State 2 5 150 240 4 7 250 345
New Mexico State 1 7 125 335 2 10 188 474
San Jose State 0 7 137 269 1 11 186 425

Fresno State 25, Illinois 23
Utah State at Boise State
Nevada at Louisiana Tech
San Jose State at Idaho
UNLV at Hawaii, 5:30 p.m.


An asterisk denotes Western Athletic Conference game; All times listed are Hawaii
Sept. 2 Southern California Aloha Stadium L, 49-36
Sept. 11 at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y. W, 31-28
Sept. 18 at Colorado Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo. L, 31-13
Sept. 25 Charleston Southern Aloha Stadium W, 66-7
Oct. 2 Louisiana Tech* Aloha Stadium W, 42-21
Oct. 9 at Fresno State* Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif. W, 49-27
Oct. 16 Nevada* Aloha Stadium W, 27-21
Oct. 23 at Utah State* Romney Stadium, Logan, Utah W, 45-7
Oct. 30 Idaho* (Homecoming) Aloha Stadium W, 45-10
Nov. 6 at Boise State* Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho L, 42-7
Nov. 20 San Jose State* Aloha Stadium W, 41-7
Nov. 27 at New Mexico State* Aggie Memorial, Las Cruces, N.M. W, 59-24
Dec. 4 UNLV Aloha Stadium 5:30 p.m.

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