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UNR smashes UNLV, 63-28, with 773 yards of total offense

Ball’s 89-yard TD slams the door on Rebels, who limp away from Reno now at 2-3


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UNR’s Luke Lippincott rushes past UNLV’s Marquel Martin during the first half at Mackay Stadium in Reno on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009.

Updated Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 | 4:35 p.m.


UNR ran for a school record 559 yards on Saturday and beat UNLV 63 to 28. The Wolfpack earned their fifth straight victory over the Rebels in the Battle for the Freemont Cannon.


UNR's Brandon Wimberly leaps over UNLV's Travis Dixon during the first half in Reno at Mackay Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. Launch slideshow »

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October 1: UNLV News and Notes

Christine Killimayer and Ryan Greene recap what went wrong in UNLV's 30-27 to Wyoming.

The Rebel Room

Wyoming reflection, UNR prognostication

Ryan Greene and Christine Killimayer, back safely from Wyoming, discuss what went wrong for the Rebels in a 30-27 loss to Wyoming, then take a look at how it translates forward for Mike Sanford's 2-2 club. Plus, Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal chimes in to offer some insight on UNR, who UNLV faces up in Reno this weekend in a must-win for both sides.

Final, UNR wins 63-28

RENO — UNR was trying to get Mike Ball five more yards, so that he could be the third Wolf Pack ball carrier to eclipse 100 yards on the day.

Instead, the redshirt freshman ripped off an 89-yard touchdown run to put UNR up 56-28 late in the fourth quarter. That was indicative of the entire day for the UNLV defense, who gave up 773 yards of total offense despite forcing three first-half turnovers.

Ball finished with 184 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries, while Luke Lippincott had 19 carries for 170 yards and a score behind him. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick finished with 208 yards passing, 173 yards rushing and two total touchdowns in a flat-out embarrassing loss for UNLV, who now drops to 2-3 on the season and has to go home to face BYU and Utah in the next two weeks.

It also turns up the heat on fifth-year coach Mike Sanford's seat, as a once-promising season now appears to be spiraling out of control.

UNLV used three first-half fumbles by UNR to tie the game up at the half, 21-21. But in the second half, it was just more of the same, as the Rebels never forced the Wolf Pack to punt on the afternoon. Instead, UNR averaged 10.6 points per snap.

It gave the Fremont Cannon to the Wolf Pack for the fifth consecutive year.

Sophomore quarterback Mike Clausen got the start for the Rebels in place of the injured Omar Clayton and completed 26 of his 50 pass attempts for 276 yards and a touchdown. Phillip Payne led all receivers with 10 carries for 112 yards.

For full postgame coverage, including stories, video, photos, stats and The Rebel Room: Postgame podcast, stay tuned to www.lasvegassun.com/rebels.

6:59, fourth quarter, UNR leads 49-28

RENO — The flood gates are officially opened up, folks.

UNR now has 649 yards of total offense on 69 plays, with some trickery coming in on the latest Wolf Pack score.

Running the Wildcat formation, running back Luke Lippincott faked out the entire UNLV defense, throwing a six-yard pass to quarterback Colin Kaepernick, putting UNR up by three touchdowns with just under seven minutes to play.

At this point, 700 yards of total offense isn't unheard of if UNLV can't eat up some clock. You know that's what Chris Ault wants.

11:21, fourth quarter, UNR leads 42-28

RENO — UNLV couldn't make lightning strike twice on a fourth-down pass play in UNR territory, and UNR again made UNLV's defense look a step behind on every play.

Colin Kaepernick orchestrated yet another scoring drive for the Wolf Pack, who now has 569 yards of total offense. The last drive was finished off by a Kaepernick touchdown pass to Virgil Green on a play fake that the entire Rebels defensive unit bit on.

While UNR has lost four fumbles today, UNLV has yet to register a third-down stop today on UNR.

Kaepernick is 15-of-18 with his arm for 208 yards and a score, while adding another 173 — yes, 173 — with his legs. It's almost a carbon-copy of his showing against UNLV in 2008 if you take away the unsightly two fumbles.

:50, third quarter, UNR leads 35-28

RENO — What a coming-out party this has turned into for UNR redshirt freshman Mike Ball.

On 11 carries, he now has 90 yards and four touchdown runs. However, plenty of the credit for his most recent score — a four-yard TD to put UNR back up on UNLV, 35-28 — goes to Luke Lippincott.

The UNR senior caught a screen pass from Colin Kaepernick a play earlier on a third-and-10 play near midfield and went 40 yards to set up another go-ahed score for the Wolf Pack.

The third-and-10 was caused by UNR's 11th penalty of the day, called on a false start.

But despite the flags and four lost fumbles, UNLV's defense simply cannot figure out how to stop Kaepernick. The Wolf Pack still has yet to punt today.

4:20, third quarter, game tied 28-28

RENO — A review of a fourth-and-six pass from Mike Clausen to Ryan Wolfe — originally called short of the first-down marker — kept a UNLV drive alive, as the Rebels have tied it up again in Reno, 28-28.

Wolfe stretched the ball across the marker before going out of bounds, and a few plays later, C.J. Cox shot through a seam in the middle for a 23-yard touchdown run.

UNR now has four lost fumbles, and three of them have turned into UNLV touchdowns.

The crowd again is silenced, and UNLV's defense has been given another shot to help take this game over. They're at least getting penetration against Colin Kaepernick this half. Now they have to finish against him.

11:43, third quarter, UNR leads 28-21

RENO — UNLV gave itself another chance to ruin UNR's offensive confidence, forcing a third-and-long for seemingly the first time today.

But one play after Colin Kaepernick converted it with a 15-yard pass to Tray Session, Mike Ball shot right through the middle untouched for a 32-yard touchdown run, putting UNR back up, 28-21.

Ball now has 85 yards on eight carries with three scores on the day.

Halftime, game tied 21-21

RENO — Not too long ago in this game, it looked like it was getting out of hand.

Funny what three fumbles lost can do on a team leading 21-7.

UNR coughed the ball up on three consecutive possessions, and UNLV turned two of them into touchdowns. The latter of those scores was Channing Trotter's second short-yardage TD run of the game, tying things up, 21-21, at the break at Mackay Stadium.

The Wolf Pack still ran the ball for 210 yards on 27 carries, but the fumbles cut short potential scoring drives near midfield.

Mike Clausen, starting in place of the injured Omar Clayton, has been steady in the face of constant defensive pressure, going 13-of-27 for 173 yards and a touchdown toss. He's also run the ball 11 times for 17 yards.

As for Colin Kaepernick, the dual-threat weapon has 184 yards of total offense for the Wolf Pack, but has killed off any momentum that UNR had early on. The crowd has been neutralized for now, which is huge for UNLV. If the Rebels defense can get another stop to open the second half, the momentum will be completely there for the taking.

A few more numbers to crunch at the half ...

— Phillip Payne came up with three huge grabs on the Rebels' final scoring drive of the half, and leads all receivers today with five grabs for 67 yards. Meanwhile, Ryan Wolfe has one catch for 16 yards.

— Luke Lippincott is taking full advantage of his second life as the Wolf Pack starting tailback, with 10 carries for 67 yards and a score. However, that fumble was massive.

— UNR has shot itself in the foot with penalties, with eight for 79 yards in the first half. In reality, they've had about 11 flags, but a few of them offset by other infractions.

— So much for my pregame theory that Channing Trotter would be a major tool for UNLV to use in keeping Kaepernick off the field. He has three carries for two yards ... and two TDs. Granted, abandoning him has a lot to do with the fact that UNLV has been playing from behind almost right from go.

— Average yards per play: UNLV 4.9, UNR 8.2.

I'm still thinking UNR has a slight edge since the Wolf Pack gets the ball to start the half and can re-take control of this one. But at this point, nothing would surprise me. UNLV's defense is breathing new life, but now has to force a punt. That will start by getting some kind of penetration up front.

Now it's too bad this one isn't televised.

3:08, second quarter, UNR leads 21-14

RENO — Apparently, UNR is in no rush to put a foot on UNLV's throat, as Colin Kaepernick fumbled for the second time, and after UNLV failed to capitalize on the turnover, Luke Lippincott gave the Wolf Pack its third turnover of the game.

UNLV takes over at its own 37 late in the first half with an opportunity to tie it up going into the half.

This time, it was Chris Jones forcing the fumble and Mike Grant on the recovery. The previous two muffs were caused by Travis Dixon.

UNLV is now in UNR territory after a big third-and-six pass by Mike Cluasen to Phillip Payne.

7:27, second quarter, UNR leads 21-14

RENO — Following an ugly three-and-out, UNR made its first offensive mistake of the day.

A 29-yard gain by Colin Kaepernick was ruined when UNLV safety Travis Dixon wrestled the ball from his grip near the UNLV sideline. Chris Jones fell on it, and three plays later, the Rebels capitalized on their first fumble recovery of the 2009 season.

Kaepernick was plagued earlier this season by turnovers, and it's his second fumble lost in four games.

UNLV drew a pass interference call on a fade toss to Phillip Payne on the first play of the drive, which started at its own 47. Two snaps later, Mike Clausen floated a pass down the middle for Jerriman Robinson, who went up high for the grab and stumbled into the end zone. He was given a 15-yard flag for excessive celebration, but Ben Jaekle put the ensuing kickoff into the end zone.

Another stop would be big for the Rebels, who at least now have some momentum.

10:25, second quarter, UNR leads 21-7

RENO — If UNLV wants a chance in what is now officially a shootout, the defense will need to get a stop at some point.

Colin Kaepernick again led the UNR offense down the field with ease against an overmatched UNLV defensive front, as Mike Ball's second touchdown run of the day capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive that covered about four minutes.

It was the same old story, as huge gains on first down via the ground kept the Rebels defense on its heels the entire way.

UNR already has 225 yards of total offense, while Kaepernick has rushed for 67 on six carries. He's also 6-of-7 for 79 yards with the arm.

Redshirt freshman back Mike Ball is making a name for himself. His first two collegiate TD runs are accompanied by 34 yards on seven carries.

14:28, second quarter, UNR leads 14-7

RENO — UNLV showed that it won't go down without a fight — at least on the offensive side of the ball.

The defense got a good breather as UNLV chewed up more than five minutes of game-clock on an 82-yard touchdown drive, caped by a two-yard scoring run by Channing Trotter — his fifth of the season.

A late hit by UNR's Nate Agaiava on a third-down run by Mike Clausen helped continue the drive towards the end of the first quarter, then a pass interference call on Isaiah Frey in the end zone put the ball at the two-yard line.

On the drive, Clausen looked comfortable in the pocket, completing four of five pass attempts, including a big second-and-17 pass to Ryan Wolfe for a gain of 16.

But, the score is only worth what the defense can put on top of it, as Colin Kaepernick & Co. take over at their own 20. The crowd has at least been silenced some, which helps the Rebels for the time being.

4:41, first quarter, UNR leads 14-0

RENO — Well, this one could be spinning out of control really fast.

Seemingly without effort, Colin Kaepernick orchestrated a 74-yard drive to put UNR up 14-0. The jaunt took 4:35 on just nine plays, and Mike Ball's first collegiate touchdown came on a 10-yard run.

Mackay Stadium is loud, and UNLV looks flustered across the board. The thing is, you know UNR is looking to run this one up, so don't expect the Wolf Pack to let up any time soon. Chris Ault's team needs confidence after an 0-3 start, and he'll take all he can from Mike Sanford.

The UNLV defense is simply getting no push at the line of scrimmage. On a broken play to start the drive, Colin Kaepernick easily glided for seven yards. A few snaps later, he was under pressure from Jason Beauchamp and wound up flicking the ball downfield to Luke Lippincott for a wide-open sliding catch. The Rebels' D just isn't instilling any fear, whatsoever. Bad sign early in a rivalry game.

10:44, first quarter, UNR leads 7-0

RENO — Apparently, Omar Clayton's shoulder was more sore than we were all led to believe.

Sophomore Mike Clausen got the starting nod, and completed a pair of passes to start things off before UNLV's drive stalled out in its own territory. Making matters worse was UNR's Albert Rosette giving the Wolf Pack its first blocked punt since 2004, and the Pack started right at midfield.

A 35-yard gain on the first play was negated by a personal foul call, but it didn't slow UNR down at all, as Colin Kaepernick led the offense into the end zone within six plays. Luke Lippincott polished off the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run right up the middle.

It's loud, and UNLV is frazzled early on. The defensive line was having trouble communicating, as guys weren't even in the down position at times as plays started on that drive. The offense needs to hit back fast, or this could get out of control in a big way.


RENO — Welcome to Reno, everyone. I'll be your eyes and, well, eyes today, as it's well-known by this point in the week that today's game won't be televised. Is it a shame? Yes. But on the bright side, if you're a UNLV fan, that won't be the case at any point this season.

It's a beautiful day up here, with temperatures in the low 70s and a decent breeze blowing in.

As for the 'circus atmosphere' around this one, it's been tough to detect so far. We took a little ride around campus, and things here seem pretty tamed. Then again, after witnessing the student tailgates at Sam Boyd Stadium a year ago, I'm sure it's crazy somewhere around here.

First, a couple of pregame notes ...

— Senior receiver Rodelin Anthony, who did not make the trip to Wyoming last week after suffering a concussion late in the Hawaii game, did board the team's flight yesterday to Reno. However, he will not play today, meaning you can expect to hear Jerriman Robinson and Michael Johnson on your radio call a little more than usual.

— It appears as if junior quarterback Omar Clayton is warming up as if he will start today's game. It's been pretty much assumed all week, especially after it turned out his shoulder injury was nothing major. But now it appears to be confirmed.

— I'm directionally challenged when it comes to away games, but this one could get interesting if either team needs to make crucial kicks towards the end zone with a raucous student section. On top of distracting noisemakers the fans have back there today, the wind is blowing directly in a kicker's face who attempts to score through those goal posts.

I'm still sticking with my prediction of UNR by a touchdown in this one. Just nothing has changed my opinion this week on that one.

One thing to keep an eye on today, I think, is how much Mike Sanford and Todd Berry utilize junior running back Channing Trotter.

He's put up good numbers in four games, with 295 yards and four touchdowns to his credit while picking up five yards per carry.

He hasn't been heavily relied upon since the opener, when he picked up 103 yards and three scores against Sacramento State, but last week at Wyoming was devastating against the Cowboys' defense, picking up a handful of lengthy runs in tough fashion.

If UNLV wants to change the trend of getting worked by dual-threat quarterbacks, Trotter could be vital today, as the Rebels face maybe the best QB they'll see all season in Colin Kaepernick.

How do you contain him? Run the ball and work the clock, keeping him off the field. Just my two cents.

After all, lets be honest — UNLV needs this one more than UNR.

The Wolf Pack can go to 0-4 and still easily make a bowl game thanks to the lesser strength of their conference slate in the WAC. UNLV, on the other hand, still has the likes of BYU, Utah, TCU and Air Force left.

Talk to you all closer to kickoff.

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  1. The Rebel D stinks, but what i want to know is why?

  2. I'm at the game, Rebs just look lost.
    It's windy that doesn't help. But they just look lost.
    UNR is not that good we are just BAD!

  3. UNR QB was just left in the backfield holding the ball out for hand-off on broken play for like 2 seconds and UNLV STILL COULD NOT STOP THEM!

  4. I think its time for a coaching change.
    You should see this...it's bad. I was a supporter for so long.
    Time for MS to go.
    we need at least a new D-coordinator.
    UNR 14-UNLV 0

  5. They've packed it in for the season. UNLV has completely given up on any success for the rest of the season. They suck, it's like they don't even care.

  6. i seriously do NOT UNDERSTAND WHY WE HAVE A 5 FORNT DEFENSE............. wtf are these coaches thinking? i would love to hear their thought proccess on that one

  7. TD UNLV!
    I am still tired of this MS D.
    ButI will support the Rebels 4 what looks like another 4 win season.

  8. You can watch the game for free online. Live stream at http://www.channels urfing.net/

  9. The defense is so bad they should let the other team score and hope who ever gets the ball last wins. This defense is a COMPLETE JOKE.

  10. The Reb's have the worst Defense I have seen in a long time. They are not stopping the run or the pass. This is embarrasing

  11. They are not even trying to stop UNR.
    D is playing like absolute garbage.

  12. 3 possessions 3 touchdowns

    I don't know about Sanfrod but if Therrell still has a job after this game I will be shocked out of my mind.

  13. Why do our D-Ends keep getting sucked in on the dive?? They follow the dive and the QB keeps it with no one on the outside to stop him. This is the same thing UNR did last year. You would think after a year, Therrell would make an adjustment!!

  14. UNLV recovered a second UNR fumble. What bothers me is, had the qb not fumbled again, he would have made a sizable gain. We still cannot contain the UNR qb. Terrell (spelling?? I dont care what his name is) had a year to solve this.
    Our D is BAD BAD BAD BAD.

  15. choked away the oppertunity. lets see if the third try is a charm.

  16. Wow, life in this team thanks to 3 straight fumbles by reno. Still, all three fumbles after huge gains. Can they ever stop reno's offense?

  17. If our D cant stop WYO the it won't stop Reno.


  19. It's plain & simple for UNLV, they have a lineup on who why play this season (Except for UNR & Hawaii). UNR played Notre Dame this year!!!!!!! Yes, they got their behinds beaten to a pulp; but they got better playing their next opponents.

  20. At least on the TD drive by UNR, the Reb's D forced a couple of 3rd and long plays... They still didn't stop them, but at least they got to 3rd down!!


  22. Its a wrap...

  23. Yep, time to start over. I can't recall the last time I've seen so much ineptitude on defense and someone in charge needs to pay.

  24. Kind of makes me glad this debacle wasn't on TV. How does Sanford keep his job?

  25. Its too bad we can't dissolve the football team and spend the money on the basketball team and improving the T&M.

  26. this game is horrible watching it online. It looks worse than people are making it sound

  27. What a joke. Sanford should do the right thing and resign!

  28. +4 turnover ratio and you lose by 3+ touchdowns. Mr. Sanford, your resignation please.

    The City of Las Vegas

  29. I hope this bastard resigns during the post game conference. I could careless what this team does the rest of the season. I just hope they don't go and do some stupid and beat TCU... and I pray that New Mexico does not run up the score on them. Damn another touchdown for Reno. Its official we suck monkey balls.

  30. So who's all going to Runnin Rebel First Look?

  31. Sanford should resign as soon as the game ends. He better not wait until Monday morning. He needs to be a man and resign tonight.

  32. You have to be kidding me, another touchdown... just kick us in the nuts why don't you?

  33. What will be Sanford's excuse this time? Maybe they weren't focused enough because they had mid terms. Sanford you should walk home!

  34. Ryan, what's the climate like on the Rebel sideline right now? What are the kids doing??

  35. We would run it up on them...if we could.

  36. shouldn't the time have run out by now?

  37. It's a good thing the kids weren't allowed to talk this week.

  38. Ryan..I hope you ask the tough questions next time you talk to MS. I am an overly positive fan and he has lost even my support.
    I am sick of watching this team. If we cant even competer against a sorry UNR team then why support this coaching staff?

  39. I am stunned that this team doesn't capitalize on the talent they have on this year's UNLV roster. It is embarrasing to even listen to this game. Also, i am uphauled that there were no changes defensively after halftime. You can't be predictable and this is why Sanford is not suited to be a Division I coach. He is too predictable on defense and doesn't even know offensive sets very well. Even though he claims to be a "genius" on offense. Sad day and season if this dude is stillin Vegas after this season. AD wake up please and FIRE HIM PLEASE!!!

  40. I can't believe you lost. Us UNR fans held no hope for a win today. Both schools suck imo

  41. We really need to look for a big time coach. How long does Sandford get to turn them around. Just not happening with this coach. Depressing...

  42. Where are the Rebel myopics? Well, did not win the UNLV equivalent of a National Championship so they will have to settle for the Mountain West National Championship by beating San Diego State. At least the dirt parking lot is still dirt.

    I'm so happy for the dirt lot, Mike Sanford, and all of the myopic rebel fans.

  43. UNLV has not money to hire a big time coach.

  44. Can't wait til hoops. Come on Sanford just do the right thing and walk away.

  45. All the 'myopics' want this staff fired...if you couldn't tell by all the comments you antagonistic moron.

  46. Last week's loss sealed Sanford's fate for me. This loss just shows we shouldn't wait another day to get rid of him. There is no way UNR has that much more talent. Sanford just flat sucks. But then we've known that for at least 3 years.

  47. Sanford's gotta go. UNLV will never win under him.

  48. i think sanford should stay.............. as OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR.... lets get a real head coach and a REAL defensive coordinator.

  49. UNR drops 35 pts. in the 4th quarter?????? There is no way Sanford resigns because if he quits he will not get his buyout on his contract. He is going to make the university fire him so he can get that buyout. Way to stick it to the fans, the local tax payers, & the university, way to be a standup guy!! Nearly 600 yards given up on the ground to 3 players & 773 yards of total offense for UNR?? This team has quit, they are a bunch of quitters, there is no other explanation to this meltdown today. I think the players want Sanford out so they have quit playing all together because it is obvious the coach has no control over this team at all. It is time for a regime change this week I hope Jerry Koloskie has enough stones to pull the trigger and get this guy out of here. If Sanford stays the rest of the season they probably wont win another game the rest of the year.

  50. I'm officially on the bandwagon. Stanford needs to go. I'm ready for basketball season.

  51. All Sanford cares about is getting paid. His contract is back loaded and if he is fired the university has to pay him the remainder of his 3 year contract. He gets to ride away into the sunset with a couple million, do you really think he cares at this point? Hamrick you SCUMBAG!! The rebels are screwed, the university is flat out broke. Maybe they can hire a real good D-2 HC who just wants a shot at the D 1 level. There are quite a few D-2 coaches who could win right away given the right talent on this level. I think that is their best option if they cannot get a a big time coach who is willing to coach simply for the love the of the game.

  52. *sigh* Another dumb loss. But hey lets play pick the soundbite!
    Will Mike Sanford say:
    1) "Well UNR just wanted the win more then we did"
    2) See #1

    Next week at Sam Boyd it's going to look more like a BYU homecoming then UNLV.


  53. I just have one no 2 questions first does unlv ad care about it's football program?My next question is how does this ms still have a job get it toghter unlv!

  54. The players know Sanford is soft that is why they have quit. He commands no respect therefore he is getting none from the team. I cannot believe what I just heard today, I knew UNLV would lose this game but I did not expect to see them quit altogether. This is how players protest a coaching staff when they want a change, they quit on them so the coach gets thrown out on his ear. I am positive that is what is going on with the Rebels.

  55. Mike Sanford is the worst head coach in the history of College Football.

    I told UNLV not to hire this bum but nobody wants to listen to Sufferin Succotash.

    The great Athletic Director Jeremy Foley from the University of Florida said - "What must be done eventually should be done immediately!"

    That applys to FIRING SANFORD.

    The sooner we remove the cancer that is Mike Sanford from the Football program, the better. Make Mike Bradeson the interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season and immediately start a NATIONAL SEARCH for a real Head Coach!

    Put me on the selection committee. In fact, make me the selection committee.

    No coach will succeed at UNLV without my approval. Never have, never will.

    We can't afford a mistake with this next hire. This is a critical point in the history of UNLV Athletics. With Conference expansion on the horizon this is make it or break it time for UNLV Athletics. We either go big time RIGHT NOW or we go home. Time to decide who and what we want to be as a University!

    Jerry Koloskie is not competent to make this decision. We need a real leader to step forward and save UNLV Football along with the entire UNLV Athletic Department. Now is the time. Do or die.

  56. Sufferin, I would love to know who you have in mind to replace Sanford. Can we afford any good coaches?

    I nominate this guy, I like his passion:


  57. I saw a bunch of guys quit out there today too. Mostly on defense. A normal school would work the buyout behind the scenes so the coach could 'resign' with some sort of grace and save a little face, then bump up an asst. to interim coach for the rest of the year. This is not an original idea, it happens all the time. And sometimes that interim HC ends up doing pretty well, turns the season around and winds up with the gig. There is still a chance this year for UNLV, but they need to pull the trigger quick.

    So that would mean there is zero chance anything like this would happen at UNLV. Far too sophisticated for the Einstein's at 89154 to be able to figure out. Nope, they are going screw themselves once again by letting this nightmare drag out the entire season and turn the remaining schedule into a 3-ring circus with a lame duck coach.

  58. Well folks. This is rock bottom. I'm sorry for those seniors who never had the experience of seeing the red cannon. I'm watching the TCU vs SMU game and they are playing for a frying pan. It's not even painted. Can you believe that...a friggin frying pan. The sideline announcer was using it to keep the rain off his head. The cannon is a much bigger/better deal unfortunately we can't seem to snag it.

    Can we get any lower than things are now? Last week I was embarrased. This week things turned out as I expected. Does this change anything for me? No. Sanford needs to move on. I don't advocate the rest of you to think so poorly of the man. He seems to be a good person and he want's to do the best but, he just can't. I think Dirty Harry said it best: "A man's got to know his limitations". I think it best if Sanford realized his limitations and moved on.

  59. I can't believe that it has come to this.

    It's hard to imagine that this is where we'd be after upsetting, what we thought at the time, a top ranked Arizona State team.

    I find myself wondering....if UNLV really does care about the advancement of the football program. And I mean everything, from the dirt parking lot to Sanford not hiring Rocky Long to the hiring of an outsider like Mike Hamrick as AD to the minimal amounts of money that the university attempts to collect through donations from the public.

    Are they serious about the building of the prestige of the Program?

    Mike Sanford recruits better than any other past UNLV coach but look what he does with them. He may be indirectly responsible for the hidious D but he hired Therrell, which in my mind, makes him fully responsible.

    The D did quit like a bunch babies but don't forget the offense laid a big egg in the 4th quarter as well. What happened? Where are the answers? Why do we always get coach speak? I have supported this team in multiple ways for a long time now but in no way more important than with my heart...and I want some answers for the poor play by the supposed talent on this team.

    I believed MS when he said at his press conference after he was hired that we would be ranked, win a conference championship and have some respect.

    Where are the answers....

  60. To pave the parking lot would be commit to excellence. UNLV, as an organization does have that. Many UNLV fans are deeply committed to excellence in myopia. For example, when UNLV beats San Diego State, Sanfords sons will rush to his defense and their hero will be given an extension. He just needs a little more time.

  61. Typical Rebels football here.

    It looks like the Rebels players put the fix in on this one.

    Were some Rebels players families short on rent this month?

  62. I have to buy a new computer now. I paid five bucks to watch this "game" and I threw my computer at the wall.

    Sorry Mike, I can't support you any more. I have no clue WTF you or your staff are up to.

    He will say "we didn't execute very well", REALLY ???!!!

    Week five dude, not week one. Do not let the door hit you or your staff.

  63. Join the Fire Mike Sanford group on Facebook:


  64. Wow Sufferin, should the staff ask you before they interview a recruit also? Do you have to have a guest house for your ego?

    I hate the current coaching staff and the lack of respect they demand. They should demote MS and bring in a HUNGRY coach from the HS or JC ranks.

  65. What they said!!

  66. @test666

    I don't think there is a fan on this planet that wants MS here beyond today. There are no former Sanford supporters that would come to his rescue.

    However, you are not a fan of any kind, you're an insecure freak trying to stir up trouble cuz you weren't breast fed as a baby. The rest of us here want to see UNLV succeed, you just want chaos.

  67. The game was fixed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Who loses 63 to 28. It's rediculous.

    I can tell you that the books in Vegas were big winners here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. As a native of Las Vegas the time has come to retire the UNLV Football Team once and for all. Lets just focus on what we know best - Basketball.

  69. Does this mean we get to bring can goods for the next home game

  70. Dump him.

  71. fire him now unlv you have to theres no way around it!

  72. PLEASE SHUT THE FOTTBALL PROGRAM DOWN!!! The only year that my school, UNLV, had a decent football team, was the year that Harvey Hyde recruited all the burglers, dirtbags and thieves he could find and they won the California Bowl before their "resale" shop was shut down after attempting to unload all of the stolen goods. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

  73. UNLV should hire a "Real Coach" like UNR's Chris Ault. The Little General would look good in UNLV RED. UNR doesn't deserve such a great coach. Bet UNLV could hire him away cheap for a million or so. Wouldn't that make UNR mad with envy! They might even throw in their Athletic Director too. What a steal.....make the deal!!

  74. Git rid of Sanford and bring in Dan McCarney.

  75. Calling on all true rebels! We are going to boycott sam boyd till we get a new coach! it will send a big message when the stadium next week is byu blue!! Who's with us?!

  76. boys, your goose is cooked; unlv cant afford to fire coach sanford and may offer him a lower offer to resign graciously after this season. until then take up a more interesting hobby, like birdwatching, origami, or silk spinning.

  77. I think some of Staford's assistants want him to get fired. I say Stafford should find a new defensive coordinator ASAP. The season isn't over, I predict UNLV will beat Col State, NM, SDSU, and AF and either BYU or UTAH (yet both will be close games). Take this prediction to the bank, I'll be black to gloat later in the season.

  78. I got 2 season tickets for sale..Oh wait I couldn't even sell them, 2 tickets for free, not even worth wasting my time to watch them get destroyed by the momos. This team and the coach are terrible!

    Oh and Sergio you are smokin crack this team doesn't haven't a chance against Utah or Byu, they might have a shot against SDSU or NM but good luck!