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October 20, 2016

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Taylor Bern

UNLV Sports Reporter

Taylor, who covers UNLV sports, is a 2010 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He worked for newspapers in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri before moving out to the desert, working seven months on the sports desk at the Arizona Republic before joining the Sun in November 2011. His outside passions include good books, bad coffee and the search for adequate leg room.

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Vegas Play of the Day: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
As a Bears fan, I didn’t expect much this season so a 1-5 record feels about right.
Rebels looking for more of the fanatical effort that led to Hawaii win
UNLV (3-4, 2-1) hosts Colorado State (3-4, 1-2) on Saturday at 2:38 p.m. on Root Sports and
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
The Rebels gathered on Sunday like they do every week, but it’s always more fun when the team meeting is breaking down a victory rather than a loss. Especially when it’s an exciting one like Saturday’s back and forth 41-38 victory at Hawaii.
Vegas Play of the Day: Monday Night Football
Monday, Oct. 17, 2016
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is back tonight but there have been too many problems with Arizona to feel confident with them laying a touchdown against the top run defense in the league.
Rebels looking for a little revenge for 2014 loss at Hawaii
UNLV (2-4, 1-1) had a bizarre finish in its last trip to Aloha Stadium, where the Rebels haven't won since 2000
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
The Rebels had won, and then suddenly they didn’t, a bewildering turn of events that nearly two years later still sticks with the players who experienced first-hand that 37-35 loss in UNLV’s last trip to Hawaii.
Rebels looking to prove people wrong after being picked 8th in MW poll
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
A year ago, the Rebels felt so slighted by a fourth-place projected Mountain West finish that then-assistant coach Stacey Augmon tweeted, “Trust me this is a joke.” Now Augmon is coaching with the Milwaukee Bucks, the other three coaches are with different college programs and UNLV enters the season picked to finish eighth, its lowest projection in the league’s 17-year history.
Rebels pegged to finish eighth in conference in preseason basketball poll
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
UNLV basketball was picked to finish eighth in the Mountain West, while UNR is up at No. 2, it was announced today. The preseason poll is conducted by media who cover the league.
Sanchez plans to use two QBs to jump-start offense at Hawaii
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Former UNLV starting quarterback Kurt Palandech made his season debut in garbage time of Saturday’s 26-7 loss at San Diego State, and coach Tony Sanchez said Palandech would play a more prominent role this weekend at Hawaii.
Rebels' game at Hawaii to be televised locally on Fox 5
Monday, Oct. 10, 2016
The Rebels’ game at Hawaii this weekend will be televised locally on KVVU-TV Fox 5, UNLV announced today. The TV station acquired the rights for the telecast from Oceanic Time Warner Cable, which produces all of the Rainbow Warriors’ home games for Oceanic pay-per-view.
Anemic offense never gave UNLV a chance in 26-7 loss at San Diego State
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016
Numbers don’t always tell the whole story, but they capture everything that mattered in UNLV’s 26-7 loss Saturday night at San Diego State. For example: nine. That was the Rebels’ total passing yards, the second-lowest …
Blog: UNLV doesn't muster much production in 26-7 loss
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
UNLV’s lone score was a defensive touchdown and the offense never made much of a threat all night as San Diego State notched a workmanlike 26-7 victory against the Rebels. The Aztecs (4-1, 1-0) dominated …
Rebels and freshman QB face big challenge at San Diego State
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Undersized and overlooked, UNLV quarterback Dalton Sneed and San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey didn’t have a lot of college options. Now one of them will likely be the key to winning or losing Saturday’s matchup.
Vegas Play of the Day: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
I saw Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton play on Sunday, and a short week of practice isn’t enough to erase that image from memory.
UNLV freshman forward is cleared by NCAA
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
Rebels forward Cheickna Dembele has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and is eligible immediately, UNLV confirmed this afternoon. The 6-foot-11, 235-pound freshman is originally from Mali, Africa, and most recently played at Scotland Performance Institute in Pennsylvania.
Owner breaks ground on NHL team's new practice facility
Team name and color scheme will be announced on Nov. 19 in event at Toshiba Plaza on the Strip
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
The construction helmets didn’t quite fit, but the shovels worked just fine this afternoon as majority team owner Bill Foley and several others gathered for ...
UNLV's offensive line looks to continue paving the way vs. San Diego State
The Rebels (2-3, 1-0) have rushed for 364 yards in each of the last two games and have allowed only two sacks this season
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
UNLV defensive tackle Mike Hughes Jr. tapped the table a few times, a gentle knock on (probably) wood to remind senior center Will Kreitler not to tempt fate. The offensive line has been the foundation of this UNLV team in part because they’ve been healthy, something that can’t be said of the rest of the offense.
Vegas Play of the Day: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016
At first I wanted to take a shot with the underdog Orioles, but starting pitcher Chris Tillman can’t be trusted north of the border, where he is 2-7 with a 7.01 ERA. So instead I’m going with an offensive explosion in tonight’s American League Wild Card game.
UNLV AD says no decision yet on her future
Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
UNLV Athletics Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy is expected to stay in her position through spring and then possibly move to another job within the university ...
UNLV football poised to continue strong start in Mountain West play
Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
For as bad as the UNLV football team’s overtime loss to Idaho was Sept. 24, Saturday’s win over Fresno State was a reminder that there's hope on the horizon. It made the Rebels 1-0 against foes in the subpar …
QB Sneed sparks Rebels to 45-20 home victory against Fresno State
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
Dalton Sneed scrambled for his life, and then the redshirt freshman quarterback’s gait changed twice during the Rebels’ longest play in program history. The first time it happened was when, seven seconds after avoiding a …
Rebels begin working toward 2016-17 season with first official practice
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Ten new scholarship players, three returners and an almost entirely new coaching staff had their first official practice together Friday afternoon. There’s a long way to go to ...
Blog: Rebels pull away late to blow out Fresno State 45-20
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Dalton Sneed did more than manage the game and UNLV’s rushing attack paved the way to a 1-0 start in Mountain West play with a 45-20 victory against Fresno State tonight at Sam Boyd Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 17,811.
Rebels looking for new QB to make easy plays against Fresno State
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
Will Kreitler knew about Dalton Sneed long before he prepared this week to snap the ball to him for Sneed’s first collegiate start. While Kreitler was playing his first two years at Scottsdale Community College, Sneed was down the road at Scottsdale’s Horizon High, where he graduated as the Arizona Division 5A career leader in passing yards (8,377) and passing touchdowns (87).
Injury forces change at quarterback as Rebels prepare for Fresno State
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Junior quarterback Johnny Stanton is out at least a few weeks with a knee injury and redshirt freshman Dalton Sneed will make his first career start Saturday against Fresno State, UNLV coach Tony Sanchez announced today. “We were planning on moving forward with Johnny and coaching him up a little bit, but maybe this ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Monday Night Football
Monday, Sept. 26, 2016
This comes back to bite me plenty, but as a general rule when I’m taking the underdog in games with lines at less than 3 I like to just go with the moneyline. Underdogs that cover the spread often win straight up, too, so let’s see if we can get a little extra bang for the buck.
Rebels take step back with 33-30 overtime loss at home to Idaho
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
The type of game that was supposed to be behind UNLV played out in strikingly familiar fashion Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium. The key difference is that Idaho won’t drop down to Division I-AA for two years, so for now this is just a regular …
Blog: Rebels fall to Idaho 33-30 in overtime
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Idaho’s Matt Linehan hit Callen Hightower streaking across the middle and Hightower snuck into the end zone for the game-winning score, handing UNLV a 33-30 overtime loss tonight at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Vegas Play of the Day: TCU at SMU
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
TCU has gone over in each of its first three games, but all of those totals were set at less than 60. I think this is too far of a jump up in large part because I don’t think SMU is going to be able to hold up its end of the bargain.
Boyd and receivers working to do their part in UNLV's passing game
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
Receivers and quarterbacks were the last ones on the field following Wednesday’s UNLV practice at Rebel Park. After two weeks of errant throws compounded by dropped passes, they all wanted some extra time to try to get the passing game moving forward.
Hockey team announces 20-year lease for Summerlin practice facility
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
Las Vegas’ first major professional sports franchise will have a 20-year ground lease for its practice facility in Summerlin, it was ...
Palandech returns to No. 2 quarterback spot ahead of Idaho matchup
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Kurt Palandech is back up to No. 2 on the quarterback depth chart, but there are no immediate plans to work him into Saturday’s game, coach Tony Sanchez said Tuesday afternoon. The Rebels are home this weekend to host Idaho with kickoff at 6 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium and the game streaming on MWN/
Vegas Play of the Day: Monday Night Football
Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
I was originally leaning towards the under in tonight’s Monday Night Football game in Chicago primarily because of turnovers. But the more I think about it the more I expect one or two of those giveaways to lead directly to points, which should push this think up to the 45-50 point range.
5 Rebels to root for: UNLV has stars in volleyball, soccer, cross country and golf
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016
Bree Hammel, Susie Bernal, John Oda, Danny Musovski and Spencer Moore aren’t scoring touchdowns or dunking basketballs, but they are UNLV athletes worth watching this fall.
Rebels fall completely flat in a 44-21 loss at Central Michigan
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Sometimes, the saying goes, a player can be too open. Running completely free in the secondary gives a guy too much time to think about the play he’s obviously going to make, and he …
Blog: Central Michigan dominates UNLV 44-21
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush set a stadium record with six passing touchdowns and the Rebels devolved in all three facets as the game wore on, losing 44-21 today at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
UNLV's Greene a good weapon to have at Central Michigan
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Four times against UCLA, the Rebels’ offense faced third or fourth down with only one yard to go. Four times did they convert, and the answer was the same each play: fifth-year backup running back David Greene.
Vegas Play of the Day: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
It’s important not to overreact to Week 1 results when you’re looking at the Week 2 slate, and tonight’s game seems like a good opportunity to capitalize on books’ overreaction.
New 'heartbeat of UNLV football': Fertittas give $10M for training complex
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
Tony Sanchez didn’t know anything about the Fertitta family the first time he spoke to brothers Frank and Lorenzo, who recently sold the UFC for $4 billion. It was in 2009 when ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
It’s my turn again on a non-football night, which means I’m going to continue to mine the Royals for fictional gold.
Targeting penalty derails Rebels in attempt to upset UCLA at Rose Bowl
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
It happened in an instant. By the time UNLV senior safety Kenny Keys got to his feet to celebrate what he thought was a great stop on third down, three flags were descending onto the Rose Bowl field. After falling behind 28-7 in the first half, the Rebels …
Blog: Rebels fight back but come up short, losing 42-21 at UCLA
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
Senior safety Kenny Keys was flagged and ejected for a targeting penalty that enabled UCLA to keep a touchdown drive alive, and from my view the call was complete bull.
Martell leads Gorman to impressive 35-20 victory at St. John Bosco
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
The players took a knee surrounding Bishop Gorman High coach Kenny Sanchez in a semicircle. He quieted the group for a postgame message, and before uttering any words Sanchez pumped his fist and yelled …
UNLV running back looking to use size to his advantage at UCLA
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Seven inches. That’s the average difference in height between UNLV starting running back Lexington Thomas and the Rebels’ offensive line, assuming Thomas stacks up to his listed 5-foot-9.
UNLV basketball will have at least a dozen national TV games
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
UNLV basketball will appear on TV at least 12 times this season, the Mountain West announced this morning. The league released its full slate of national TV and streaming appearances, and UNLV ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
Let’s ride the wave: Kansas City has gone over the total in nine of the last 10, and that should continue against the Twins.
Underdog Rebels preparing for UCLA's new offense
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
UNLV coach Tony Sanchez said a cousin sent him a text message about the big game this week at UCLA, and Sanchez’s response was straight out of ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016
Kansas City’s bid for a playoff spot took a significant hit with three straight losses and four out of seven, but the Twins are the cure for what ails most teams this season.
New QB Stanton delights in Rebels' 63-13 shellacking of Jackson State
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
The first pass of Johnny Stanton’s UNLV career was a touchdown. So was the third, and the eighth one, too. It was that kind of night for the Rebels, who scored two touchdowns in the first two minutes en route to a 63-13 bludgeoning …
Four-star forward joins UNLV's 2016 recruiting class
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
With a surprise addition during the first week of classes, Marvin Menzies’ first recruiting class at UNLV is complete. Four-star power …
Blog: Rebels cruise to 63-13 victory against Jackson State
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
The only question left is the final score. UNLV scored two touchdowns in the first two minutes, and towards the end of the third quarter they scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in even less time.
UNLV not among Big 12 expansion candidates
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
The Big 12 has whittled down its list of potential expansion teams and, as expected, UNLV was not among them.

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