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Rebels look to finish season strong, starting Saturday in home finale against Wyoming

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UNLV defensive lineman Tyler Gaston, front, joins teammates on the bench as time runs out in the fourth quarter of Colorado State’s 33-11 victory over UNLV in an NCAA college football game in Fort Collins, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck reacts as his team fails to convert on a third-down play in the red zone against Colorado State in the fourth quarter of Colorado State's 33-11 victory in an NCAA college football game in Fort Collins, Colo., Nov. 10, 2012. Launch slideshow »

A three-win season surely isn’t anything to brag about for a college football team.

But, if UNLV (2-9 overall) beats Wyoming on Saturday in its home finale, the Rebels players can hold their heads high with the satisfaction they improved from last year’s two-win season. And, if the Rebels were to win next week at Hawaii in the last game of the year, they would double their win total from 2011.

“Wins are what we want. We have made improvements,” said Hauck, the Rebels’ third-year coach, in his weekly press conference. “Everyone is tired of losing. Everyone is tired of us not going out week after week and playing consistently well for four quarters. That is what we have to do. When we do that, wins will come.

“We have made the progress to the point where we can say that, but we have to go out and win games. We keep score for a reason, and we have to score more than the other team.”

Rebuilding the Rebel program often has been a trying task, especially last Saturday in a 33-11 loss at Colorado State that extended UNLV's road losing streak to 21 games. The Rebels have a 6-30 record in Hauck’s tenure.

The Rebels played one of their worst games of the season at Colorado State, committing four turnovers and not scoring until the fourth quarter to drop a game they were favored to win. For all intents and purposes, the outcome was determined by halftime.

“The lack of consistency is driving us all crazy,” Hauck said. “It showed up in last weekend’s game. We have to put things together week to week, quarter to quarter and just finish. Obviously, we don’t need to recap last week’s game. The turnovers killed us. Now it’s on to the next one.”

The Wyoming game, which kicks off at 1 p.m., could be different.

The Rebels have been competitive in their previous six home games at Sam Boyd Stadium this year, and they match up evenly with a Wyoming (3-7, 2-4 Mountain West) team experiencing similar struggles. Also, the Rebels have won their past two home games against Wyoming.

Yet, Wyoming has won its past two games, including topping New Mexico last week on the road. Two weeks ago, the Cowboys scored 45 points in beating the same Colorado State team UNLV struggled against last week.

“They have a good team. They have some similarities to us where they have lost a lot of close games,” Hauck said.

Saturday will be the final home game for UNLV’s 15 seniors. And even though their UNLV career has just two games remaining, Hauck has continually praised his senior class for finishing what they started.

“It’s been a long road, but (the seniors) have stuck it out,” senior offensive lineman Yusef Rodgers said. “Like coach says, we have invested so much in this program. It’s only right to go as hard as you can and enjoy the ride while you are here.”

No update on Nick Sherry

Hauck said he wouldn’t know until today whether redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Sherry, who left the Colorado State game in the fourth quarter with an apparent head injury, would be available for the Wyoming game.

Sherry, who has passed for 2,378 yards in his promising rookie season, had his worst game Saturday. He completed 12 of 33 passes for 88 yards with two interceptions. He also lost a fumble.

Backup Caleb Herring, who also is part of the wide receiver rotation, completed two passes for 33 yards in relief against Colorado State. The junior was the primary starter last year and still gets several practice snaps each week.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. okay on thursday the bcs commissioners just helped unlv to drop football . since the mw is not part of the big six . they will be joined by the mac,sun belt and other 30 teams to what is called the wild card . so now unlv has to be the first team out of 30 to reach a bcs bowl . what a joke !!!! unlv has no chance at that . you wonder why boise state and san diego st. left . unlv is like the chiefs just stop the misery while you can

  2. I remember the fogging numbness, the peppermint taste of Snapps and trying to see the 50 yard line through blinding snowfall...The chant "Here we go Wyo...Here we go! Then the flow-on "double stomp" on the bleacher footrest - "Here we go Wyo here we go - thump thump".

    That's all I remember -

    War Memorial Stadium, University of Wyoming 1983

  3. Ummmm @dlharris, the problem with your statement is that well.... UNLV can't even win 3 games a year yet alone 10 games to even be considered for a BCS Bowl game... Let's try to make it to a bowl game at all 1st before you start worrying about a National Championship. Hell Let's try to win a road game first!

  4. The Wyoming game will be hard fought by both Team's

  5. Thins just didn't work at Colorado for UNLV football..Saw lots of missed blocks on the video I wonder if that aided to hurried throws & interceptions.Sherry just needs to eat the ball more.I suggest stop the talk about no UNLV football.I've seen that happen & that is terrible for a community.I believe this team will learn to win within next few years. In watching interviews these kids love football & are playing hard, & week after week keep great hope.Good bunch kids on this team.

  6. You want The football team to compete? Build a stadium. We need the facilities to recruit. Look whats happen to the basketball team since the Mendenhall center has opened.

  7. The Coaching situation is a replay of a very bad Mike Sandford & Co. movie. Hauck and his bunch are 6-30 and still no road wins! Same old Same old! The Basketball program is a different animal and building the Mendenhall Facility made sense.

  8. So building the facilities to compete in basketball makes sense, but doing the same for the football program doesn't . I guess it's just easier to rip every football coach that comes to unlv. Are all of these guys morons. Come on!! This is the perfect definition of stupidity...do the samething over and over and expect a different outcome. You want these guys to compete give them something to work with.