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Last game at Hawaii perfect chance for Rebels to break road losing streak

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UNLV coach Bobby Hauck talks to quarterback Caleb Herring during the Rebels’ 28-23 loss to Wyoming on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Sam Boyd Stadium.

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If the UNLV football team can break its road losing streak Saturday by winning at Hawaii, the Rebels will accomplish something more important than snapping its ugly 21-game skid.

In a season of minor upgrades and several near-misses at wins, a victory against Hawaii in the season finale would provide a boost in returning-player morale in the offseason training program. It also would give the Rebels (2-10 overall, 2-5 Mountain West) three wins — an improvement of one victory from last year.

UNLV, which last won on the road in 2009 against New Mexico, couldn’t ask for a better opponent to face in attempting to change its fate away from home. Hawaii is 1-9, and its lone win came against lower-division Lamar.

Hawaii ranks 116th out of 124 Division I teams in points scored and 121st in points allowed.

“This would be great for our guys, great for our team and great for our seniors,” UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said. “We’ll go over there with that in mind. I can’t imagine we wouldn’t. I think our guys will be very motivated to go over there and play an inspired game and fight their tail off to get a win.”

This isn’t the first time UNLV appeared to be in position to break the road streak. Two weeks ago at Colorado State, the Rebels were a small betting favorite to win but had its worst effort of the year in a 33-11 loss. It was one of the rare times this fall the Rebels seemingly were out of the game by halftime.

Sure, UNLV will finish with its 12th consecutive nonwinning season. But the players are dedicated to finishing strong and helping lay the foundation for next year, senior offensive lineman Doug Zismann said.

“It would be good to go out with a win and have something to really look back on for the next offseason for all the guys here working for next season,” Zismann said.

Although Hawaii seems like an ideal opponent for the Rebels to break the streak against, traveling about six hours to the islands is a hurdle they will have to overcome. UNLV is 13-8 all-time against Hawaii but just 2-8 on the road. The Rebels haven’t won on the islands since 2000.

“It’s a hard trip. It’s a tough trip for everybody,” Hauck said. “Nobody likes that 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. Yeah, I would be smiling too. All that money for 4 wins in 2 years(I'm sure he will get his large bonus). Give him a contract extension. I see coaches getting fired at schools similar to UNLV for being .500 teams. We settle for what we want a poor team with a lousy coach. This will never change until a better program is demanded. Livengood should have to pay Hauck out of his own pocket.

  2. this is a tough game .hawaii always plays there last game at home tough . looks like the unlv basketball team will have to sell out about 6 games to pay for this trip. hawaii isnt cheap ,hotel rooms are about $135 to a $180 a night ,airfare is about $1100 round trip,meal money . i didnt know you could get a bowl game for winning two games

  3. Seems like media keeping this last game under the radar. Would be real embarasing if rebels lost this game-although it seems like with focus on basketball,this won't be covered much. Looks like establishment has accepted that Hauck will be back for next year,have nothing personal against him but just thought this team could have won 4 to 5 games at least. Hopefully they will come back strong next year and will be able to attract recruits despite lack of wins over last 3 years. Guess focus will be on new stadium possibility in next few months (will be for several venues not just football to those detractors)

  4. It's rivalry week, why are we playing Hawaii?
    We should be playing Reno this week.

  5. Classic, hiding behind your keyboard and fake name complaining about Mr. Livengood...wait for it...hiding!

    Can't fix stupid.

  6. Rivaly week was won by The University of Nevada Wolf Pack again