Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 | 12:55 p.m.
The UNLV football team added a game to its 2012 schedule this week, booking a home contest Sept. 8 at Sam Boyd Stadium against Northern Arizona for a 13th game.
NCAA rules allowed the Rebels to schedule the extra game because they play next fall at Hawaii. It gives them seven home games, with UNLV playing its initial three games at home for the fourth time in school history.
Next season is coach Bobby Hauck’s third year at the helm of the program, with the slate of early season home games — they open Sept. 1 against Minnesota and play Sept. 15 against Washington State — surely to benefit a program still looking for its first road win under Hauck.
“After having just five home games last season, we were looking to schedule a seventh home date for 2012 and the close proximity of the two universities makes this a natural fit,” Director of Athletics Jim Livengood said in a statement. “NAU plays good football and this matchup will make a strong home schedule even better with another September game for our fans.”
The rest of the non-conference schedule includes road games Sept. 29 at Utah State and Oct. 6 at Louisiana Tech.
The Mountain West Conference will release its schedule in March, but UNLV knows which teams it will play at home and on the road. At home, they will host league newbie UNR, Air Force, Wyoming and New Mexico. On the road, they’ll play Boise State, Colorado State, Hawaii and San Diego State.