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Instant analysis: Rebels sorta impressive, sorta not


Sam Morris

UNLV wide receiver Ryan Wolfe trys to get past Sacramento State linebacker David Coleman during the first half Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Sacramento State vs UNLV

UNLV wins its season-opener 38-3 over Sacramento State Saturday night, thanks to Channing Trotter's three touchdowns.

UNLV vs. Sacramento State

UNLV cheerleaders and players sing the UNLV fight song after defeating Sacramento State 38-3 Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium. Launch slideshow »
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Sacramento State Postgame

Ryan Greene and Rob Miech break down UNLV's season-opening 38-3 victory over Sacramento State, paced by a solid defensive showing and three Channing Trotter rushing touchdowns. Plus, the guys take a look at what the win against the Hornets does for the Rebels as they prepare to welcome Oregon State to Sam Boyd Stadium next Saturday night.

Next game

  • Opponent: Oregon State
  • Date: Sept. 12, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Sam Boyd Stadium
  • TV: CBS College Sports
  • Radio: ESPN Radio 1100 AM

So this is what a New Mexico Bowl team looks like.

Or doesn't. It was still a little hard to tell.

On a gusty night at Sam Boyd Stadium, UNLV did what it was expected to do. It beat Division I-AA Sacramento State of the Big Sky Conference. It was a competitive game for three quarters.

It wasn't in the fourth.

A quick analysis of the Rebels' 38-3 victory in front of 22,195 at the Wind Tunnel off Boulder Highway:

• Channing Trotter looks nothing like Tank Summers, the Rebels' star running back now playing (or at least sitting on the bench) on Sunday in Pittsburgh. But he looked a lot like a guy on which you could build a running game. Trotter finished with 102 yards on 16 carries including three short touchdown runs that prevented the Big Sky from falling on the Rebels.

• After giving up yards in huge chunks last year, the Rebels yielded them in smaller chunks Saturday night.

But they still yielded chunks. To a Big Sky opponent. Sacramento State vaporized the second quarter by running the ball between the tackles, eating up more than seven minutes on one drive. Not a good omen with Oregon State of the Pac-10 coming to town next week.

• Special teams were a little iffy, too, as Sacramento State almost blocked two punts. Yeah, I know: Almost doesn't count except in horseshoes, hand grenades and drive-in movies (if you find one). But had the opponent been somebody such as Air Force, which prides itself in blocking kicks, a couple of those near misses probably would have been direct hits.

• UNLV's play-calling was aggressive, especially at the start of the game. Perhaps the Rebels wanted to make a statement against an alleged inferior opponent. Or maybe they just wanted to get some points on the board before Dorothy's house landed on the 35-yard line and crushed the Cowardly Lion.

• Rebels' performance in five words or less: Adequate.

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  1. I was there and I bleed Rebel Red and you are spot on.

    This wasn't a high profile scrimmage, this was scheduled game. While I commend Sanford for trying to mix up the QB situation, let the lesson be learning. One is a starter and the other a BACK-UP, not the other way around.

    If they stay snappy they will be fine. If they continue to experiment they will be doomed.

  2. Sanford is on his last legs here. If we don't have a winning season, the guy needs to be kicked in the teeth on the way out.

  3. Watching UNR play Notre Dame was sad and laughable. Once again the sports enthusiasts up north are trying to revise a sports power that went belly up just prior to the Korean War.

    The same scenario will take place when UNLV attempts to take on Oregon State. The sports enthusiasts dream of some major football power locally is unrealistic. The dream that UNLV will someday, if ever, be in the same conference level as the latter schools is a laughable pipe dream for fantasy land.

    A great deal of money has been spent trying to find the 'right coach' to lead us on to such victories as UNLV over Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, UCLA...it is not going to happen in this millenium. Many of these coaches like John Robison laughed all the way to the bank...they got rich off of a sucker, ignornant pubic.

    The state of Nevada is bankrupt in terms of collegeate education financing. We, the people and taxpayers, cannot afford the luxury of big time sports extravaganzas, arenas, stadia,and expensive coaches.

    The rah rah college days of the 20's,30's, 40's and 50's are over, gone for good; get over it and get on with creating a great univesity system throughout Nevada. The national emphasis on sports for the sake of money has corrupted our nation and is bankrupting education. Intramural sports are more important to the average college student than big time intercollegiate competition; that way everyone can participate, not just a few beefy athletes.

    Those jocks who don't like my comments can go fish as far as I am concerned.

  4. Those are all wonderful thoughts intestini. I'd like to add in an idea of my own if you don't mind.....

    What we ought to do is let the girls play football with the guys, that way everything is nice and equal and wrapped in lace and bow and wrapping paper. But most importantly, then you would get a chance to play. Socialistic weakling.

  5. Why do we always get someone bringing a political agenda? Go Rebels good game. worry about youselves and gettin better on defense not those who post on the net..