UNLV blows late game-tying opportunity, falls at Wyoming, 30-27

Turnovers, missed opportunities in second half send Rebels to 2-2, 0-1 in league play

UNLV vs Wyoming

UNLV loses its 20th consecutive road conference game, 30-27, at Wyoming.

UNLV vs Wyoming Preview

UNLV players and coaches talk about what it will take to win their Mountain West Conference Opener Saturday at Wyoming.

A Long and Painful Road

The UNLV football team has lost 19 straight conference road games and 16 in a row under Head Coach Mike Sanford. As the Rebels prepare for Saturday's road conference game against Wyoming, they talk about the streak and what they must do to stop it.

September 24: UNLV News & Notes

Ryan Greene from the Las Vegas Sun discusses the impact of UNLV win over Hawaii. He also drops knowledge on who is banged up for Saturday game against Wyoming and what the Rebels must do to beat the Cowboys.

Final, Wyoming wins 30-27

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Sure, Wyoming freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels looked phenomenal in the second half, but UNLV had no one to blame but themselves after a series of second half miscues led to a 30-27 Cowboys victory on Saturday afternoon.

It runs UNLV's road losing streak in Mountain West Conference games to 20 games.

Carta-Samuels was 24-of-37 for 234 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, while UNLV's Omar Clayton threw two costly interceptions in the second half. One of those was taken away by Tashaun Gipson at the goal line, while another led to the eventual game-winning field goal by Wyoming's Ian Watts.

The Rebels made it down to the Cowboys' 28-yard line on their final drive, but a delay of game penalty on fourth-and-three forced Kyle Watson's game-tying field goal attempt to come from 50 yards out. The kick never happened, as Brendon Lamers couldn't get the hold down, and Wyoming ran the clock out on its second victory under first-year coach Dave Christensen.

UNLV drops to 2-2, with an emotional road game coming up at UNR next Saturday afternoon.

Clayton on the day was 26-of-43 for 260 yards and a touchdown to go with those two picks, while Ryan Wolfe led all receivers with eight catches for 96 yards and his first touchdown of the 2009 season.

For full postgame coverage, including stories, video, photos, stats and the Rebel Room: Postgame Podcast, stay tuned to

4:21, fourth quarter, Wyoming leads 30-27

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Omar Clayton was picked off for the second time today by Tashaun Gipson on a slant pass to Phillip Payne, and Wyoming took its first lead of the second half a few minutes later with a 29-yard Ian Watts field goal, 30-27.

It could have been worse, but Jason Beauchamp came up with UNLV's first sack of the day as Wyoming faced third-and-goal from its own three-yard line.

That came a play after Quinton Pointer broke up a pass into the flat by Austyn Carta-Samuels.

UNLV now has just over four minutes to go 74 yards.

8:16, fourth quarter, game tied 27-27

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Austyn Carta-Samuels continues to give Wyoming fans hope for the future, as his third touchdown pass of the day — this one to Travis Burkhalter from 16 yards out — tied the game yet again, 27-27.

The true freshman looks more and more like a gamer as the game goes on. On a second down play earlier in the drive, he juked UNLV's Jason Beauchamp to buy a few extra seconds to fire a pass downfield for a first down. A few snaps later, a big run up the gut after evading pressure put Wyoming on UNLV's half of the field.

He's now 20-of-32 for 202 yards and three TD passes.

UNLV right now could really use a drive reminiscent of the one that ate up a huge chunk of clock right out of the halftime locker room last week against Hawaii. Obviously, this is not an offense you want to give the ball back to with much time left on the clock.

11:28, fourth quarter, UNLV leads 27-20

LARAMIE, Wyo. — It took 31 catches to get there, but Ryan Wolfe's first touchdown of the 2009 season couldn't have come at a better time for the Rebels, as it put them back on top of Wyoming early in the fourth quarter, 27-20.

Facing a second-and-10 from the UW 18-yard line, Omar Clayton — who has now thrown a TD pass in 13 consecutive games — hit Wolfe in space over the middle. Showing good patience, Wolfe worked behind his blockers and slipped across the goal line for the 14th touchdown of his decorated UNLV career.

He now has eight catches for 96 yards on the day, while Clayton has picked things up after an early interception in the second half and is now 22-of-35 for a 232 yards.

Channing Trotter also came up with a couple of big runs on the drive, and now has 74 yards on 16 carries.

1:29, third quarter, game tied 20-20

LARAMIE, Wyo. — As expected, Austyn Carta-Samuels has continued to look more and more comfortable after busting the Cowboys' offensive TD drought, and now he's straight-up going blow-for-blow with UNLV.

The true freshman QB took advantage of a 15-yard pass interference call on UNLV's Warren Zeigler, and two plays later found leading receiver David Leonard streaking down the right sideline for a 34-yard score. Leonard now has five catches for 81 yards.

UNLV will now start at its own 20 after Deante' Purvis took the ensuing kickoff out from deep in the end zone.

Carta-Samuels is 16-of-27 for 169 yards on the day, including the first two TD passes of his young Cowboy career.

3:49, third quarter, UNLV leads 20-13

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Ryan Wolfe came within about two feet of his first touchdown of the 2009 season, but the Rebels' all-time leading receiver gladly watched Mike Clausen clean up the leftovers, as the backup QB's one-yard plunge put UNLV on top of Wyoming, 20-13, late in the third quarter.

The Rebels got some redemption after their previous drive was stymied by an interception at the goal line.

Wolfe caught two huge passes to help set up the score, including a pass from Clayton to take the ball down to the one-yard line. On the day, Wolfe has seven catches for 78 yards, giving him a team-high 30 grabs on the season.

Wyoming, however, is moving right back down the field, and was just now aided by a pass interference call against Warren Zeigler, who has two crucial 15-yard penalties on the afternoon.

8:29, third quarter, game tied 13-13

LARAMIE, Wyo. — An 18-yard pass from Omar Clayton to Michael Johnson on third-and-long got the Rebels first second half possession kick-started, but it ended with a thud, as Clayton was later picked off at the goal line.

A Channing Trotter 27-yard run put UNLV deep in Wyoming territory, and a pass interference call on UW's Tashaun Gipson set the Rebels up with a first-and-10 at the 16. But Gipson got his revenge three snaps later, jumping a pass to Phillip Payne and picking it off right at the goal line.

Wyoming, however, couldn't capitalize, and punted the ball back to UNLV three plays later, and the Rebels now take over at their own 31. UNLV has now scored one touchdown on four red zone opportunities.

Halftime, game tied 13-13

LARAMIE, Wyo. — UNLV's best hope for the second half today at Wyoming would be a repeat performance of last week from Omar Clayton, who played maybe his best half of football as a Rebel after the intermission in a 34-33 victory over Hawaii.

So far today, he hasn't quite looked like himself.

The Rebels have shuffled personnel in and out quite a bit, and the offense hasn't had a chance to find much of a rhythm. They also had two potential touchdown-scoring opportunities turn into chip-shot field goals by Kyle Watson. That left the door open for Wyoming, who scored late and got us to where we are in Laramie, with a 13-13 tie at the break.

Here are some numbers to digest ...

— Clayton is 10-of-21 for 103 yards. It's not that bad when you consider that he started the game 1-of-6.

— Wyoming true freshman Austyn Carta-Samuels hasn't looked half bad, going 12-of-22 for 105 yards and a late touchdown pass. He's shown nice poise and creativity, which was best displayed on his 19-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stewart.

— UNLV's run defense looks good yet again, having allowed just 46 yards on 16 carries.

— All six scores in this game have come from within the red zone. That said, only two of those six are touchdowns. This one could be pretty lopsided in either direction right now, which I'm sure is driving both coaching staffs nuts at the moment.

— Ryan Wolfe leads all receivers with four catches for 45 yards, but he's been shuffled in and out quite a bit. The Rebels often times have gone with Tate Knutson and Mark Barefield as their receivers on early downs. Those two have combined for two catches this year. On most of those snaps, the Rebels have run the ball. That said, the Wyoming defense is having pretty good success on those downs.

— Phillip Payne didn't play early, and looks pretty sharp despite battling the flu all week. He has two grabs for 30 yards.

— Wyoming's Gabe Knapton leads all tacklers with 11 stops. Ronnie Paulo has five for the Rebels to go with his pass break-up.

Wyoming will take the ball to start the second half. UNLV's defense can't afford to give up a touchdown, as playing from behind won't be easy today. This place is near-capacity, which is pretty insane for a 1-2 team that's looked pretty punchless the past two weeks. Credit the Cowboy faithful for being, well, faithful.

2:48, second quarter, game tied 13-13

LARAMIE, Wyo. — After failing to score TDs in the red zone on their previous two possessions, the Rebels let the Cowboys show them how it's done, as Austyn Carta-Samuels hit Brandon Stewart for a 19-yard score, tying the game at 13-13.

It was the first career TD pass for Wyoming's freshman QB, and ended the Cowboys' 10-quarter drought without an offensive TD.

The score was a product of a Carta-Samuels scramble after he evaded a near-sack by Malo Taumua.

The drive breathed new life into a near-capacity crowd at War Memorial Stadium, and may have awaken a sleeping beast in terms of the Wyoming offense. UNLV's had multiple opportunities to separate itself throughout the second quarter, and now could use a score to re-assert itself here going into halftime. A nice 8-yard run by Omar Clayton, then a first down pass to Ryan Wolfe started the ensuing drive off the right way.

5:45, second quarter, UNLV leads 13-6

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Apologies for the drought between updates. Had some technical difficulties.

Long story short, UNLV and Wyoming traded field goals, with the Rebels scoring the latter of those two three-pointers, going up 10-6 on Wyoming.

Then, the Cowboys took a very interesting risk.

Facing a fourth-and-long from their own 26-yard line, they attempted a fake punt pass, but when UNLV forced a premature throw thanks to heavy pressure, the ball fell incomplete, giving the Rebels a short field to work with.

A seven-yard gainer from Omar Clayton to Jerriman Robinson was coupled with a facemasking call on Wyoming, and UNLV wound up with its second chip-short from Kyle Watson in the span of just a few minutes.

However, UNLV's failure to get into the end zone has left Wyoming still within one score. And on the first play of the ensuing drive, Austyn Carta-Samuels hit David Leonard for a 30-yard gain to midfield. UNLV's defense is far from off the hook at this point.

3:13, first quarter, UNLV leads 7-3

LARAMIE, Wyo. — With Wyoming's offense struggling to capitalize after grabbing early momentum off of a UNLV turnover, the Rebels finally just grabbed what was their for the taking.

After starting 1-for-6 on UNLV's first three possessions, Omar Clayton completed a pair of passes in a 7-play, 76-yard drive which resulted in the game's first touchdown.

The passes — the bigger of which was an 18-yard strike to Jerriman Robinson on third-and-five — set up a pair of huge runs by sophomore C.J. Cox and junior Channing Trotter.

On third-and-three from the Wyoming 45-yard line, Cox ripped off 27 yards through a huge hole on the left side of the line, and a play later, Trotter exposed that same hole, rolling in for an 18-yard score.

The UNLV offensive line has looked great since the major flaw on the opening drive.

Wyoming brought the ensuing kick back to its own 38-yard line, and picked up 14 yards on a trick play a snap later, so look for the shootout to potentially ensue at any moment.

12:56, first quarter, Wyoming leads 3-0

LARAMIE, Wyo. — For the first time in awhile, UNLV coach Mike Sanford decided to take the ball right off the bat after winning a coin toss.

Moments later, it was in Wyoming's possession.

On a third-and-six play from UNLV's 34-yard line, the snap went over Omar Clayton's head and was recovered back at the seven-yard line by Wyoming's John Fletcher.

But then, it became pretty apparent why the Cowboys have gone nine quarters without an offensive TD.

Freshman Austyn Carta-Samuels threw three incomplete passes, including a near-interception to UNLV's Terrence Lee on second-and-goal.

Add in a five-yard penalty on the Pokes, and Wyoming took a 3-0 lead with a 29-yard field goal, capping a four-play drive that covered -5 yards.

UNLV is back with the ball at its own 33, and sophomore receiver Phillip Payne has yet to see the field for the Rebels. He's in uniform, and surely he'll play at some point.


LARAMIE, Wyo. — A lovely early morning drive up north from Denver, and here we are at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo., where the weather is flat-out beautiful.

Right now, temperatures are in the low 70s, not a cloud in the sky and a slight breeze. It's amazing that living in Las Vegas, you forget what a real 'fall' afternoon feels like.

But the Rebels hardly have any room to feel comfortable today in Laramie.

On paper, there's little reason to think that UNLV leaves its first conference game of the year without a 3-1 record. But as the previous 19 road league contests indicate, nothing is a given.

We've documented all week Wyoming's struggles offensively so far this season, having gone nine quarters without an offensive touchdown. But don't expect that to last through this one, as UNLV's defense has shown some pores here early in the season and Wyoming may have found some stability now, with true freshman Austyn Carta-Samuels taking over at QB.

Plus, having come from Big 12 country, I've seen what Dave Christensen's offense can do, as his days at Missouri were quite impressive. I know he doesn't have all the pieces in place here in Laramie, but the Cowboys may look pretty decent today, I have a feeling. After all, they just played back-to-back Big 12 foes in Colorado and Texas. You've got to imagine that forced a young team to grow up a bit.

How's this for an early sign of disrespect, however? And, I should say, I'm not sure if this was intentional or not, but I'd have to assume so.

When Wyoming's players left the field a little while ago to put on pads, leaving UNLV alone for warmups, the music played over the P.A. system included Shakira, Kelly Clarkson and Miley Cyrus (who I just found out is the same person as Hannah Montana? Shows what I know ...). Then, when the Cowboys came back out? AC/DC.

As for the Rebels on the field, sophomore quarterback Mike Clausen (with a freshly shaved head) and sophomore receiver Phillip Payne are both here and going through warmups, apparently past bouts with the flu. Not on the trip is senior receiver Rodelin Anthony and senior safety Marquel Martin, both of whom are recovering from concussions.

Before getting out of here to prepare some notes for kickoff, how about some Mountain West predictions? After all, it's not that often that UNLV kicks off before everyone else in the league ...

— Air Force 42, San Diego State 35 — Ryan Lindley & Co. will put up points, but that defense is lookin' rough. Air Force will get everything it wants on the ground.

— UNLV 35, Wyoming 17 — I think the Rebels score two TDs early and hold the Cowboys at bay from there on out.

— TCU 24, Clemson 21 — The Horned Frogs soon after this become America's new non-BCS darling.

— BYU 33, Colorado State 20 — CSU returns back to reality, while BYU goes under the radar with success for the next couple of weeks after having its bubble burst.

— Utah 23, Louisville 22 — Maybe the best non-conference matchup of the day that no one is talking about.

— New Mexico 3, New Mexico State 2 — How this one is televised, I'll never understand.

Talk to you in a bit.

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  1. so did we ever get the answer why this game wasnt televised?

  2. how sick is clausen still? think he gets some playing time?

  3. Well, he hasn't played yet. I'm betting there's still some lingering effect from the flu. Payne was held out of the first couple of series for the Rebels. It can't be easy playing at 7,200 feet after getting past the flu.

    As for the television, not sure we'll ever hear a logical reason for that. You'll never convince me that New Mexico-New Mexico State deserves the TV play over this one. 1) it's a conference game, and 2) NM and NMSU are two of the five worst teams in the FBS. Plain and simple.

  4. well thanks for the coverage.... any way you can use your camera phone and just stream us the video? :)

  5. Unfortunately, I cannot, but Christine Killimayer will have a complete highlights package here on our site later this evening! Stay tuned!

  6. man our secondary is bad

  7. Our D sucks.
    We don't deserve to win this game.
    I wish MS would have hired Rocky Long.
    We are going to be in trouble against UNR again.

  8. yep.... have a feeling we lose next week as well.

  9. Please!!!! No more Kantowski columns about why no one goes to UNLV football games!!! The answer should be more than obvious.

  10. *sigh*

  11. WTF?!?

  12. well said jeff.... anyone want to buy 2 tickets to reno and 2 seats to the game next week? ill throw in my hotel room....

  13. Fellow rebel fans I am sorry for predicting UNLV would blow out Wyoming. That was absolutely despicable. Sanford needs to be FIRED immediatley along with Dennis Therrell, blow them out right now that loss should cost his whole staff their jobs as a matter of fact. The play calling was horrible, our D sucks, there is no way Wyoming should have been within 20 points of UNLV in this game. I am not just pissed but I promise you this season is over, UNLV will not recover from this game and there is no way UNLV finishes with a winning season with this defense and this coaching staff. Sanford has proved over & over again he cannot get his teams ready to play in games that they should win, this loss is by far worse then the SDSU loss last year & he needs to go right now! I will not support Sanford ever again after this loss!!!!!!!!

  14. Can't see - Can't hear sh*#t.Google can take a satellite picture of my front door and I have know idea how. But I can't even get a A.M radio broadcast.
    -UNLVUNREB- what was going on in the game?

  15. What??? The Rebels blow a 4th quarter lead and choke the game away!! That sounds familiar!! Does anyone know how we get a delay of game penalty coming out of a timeout on 4th and 3 and then after the penalty fumble the snap on the game tying field goal???

  16. Same old UNLV!

  17. UNLV way to step your game up. How do you let the worst offense in this league carve you up all day? Answer = UNLV defense. I am listening to Sanford right now with his inept post game comments saying, "Wyoming just wanted this game more then we did". That is the coaches job to get his team to want it more, there is nobody that can debate against Sanford being fired now after this game. A delay of game after a timeout for the game tying field goal? That is the coaches fault, we should never have tried a field goal in that situation either, on the road you have to play for the win especially with all that is at stake. I will continue to root for UNLV but Sanford needs to go!!

  18. I am almost glad that I couldn't watch the game. It sounds like we only failed in 3 areas. Offense, defense and special teams. Our QB gets outplayed by a true freshman and "the best receiving core in the Mountain West Conference" got shown up by the worst offense in the Mountain West Conference. I drank the Kool-Aid and believed that our secondary was going to be improved this year, but HOLY COW we suck!!

    It's time to blow this up try to find someone who can coach. Sanford is horrible.

  19. Blogs arn't even on time.... Bet on Black...where we getting to the QB?

  20. Unfortunately I was always advocating giving Stanford more time. This was to be the year. Well this game shows that our coaching staff does not have the ability to manage the game. We started the season with the usual high expectations. We are at rock bottom. Nonsense about the other team wanted it more than us. If that is true the staff needs to go. Granted finding a new coach in mid-year is tough but the search needs to begin. Like betonblack I root for the rebels but Stanford time is over.

  21. I just saw the headline. This is truly an embarrassment. Sanford has got to go.

  22. Fire Sanford now! The man simply can not coach. Please email
    [email protected]
    and express your desire to show Sanford the door.

  23. somewhere sufferin suckotash is smiling

  24. GO WYO!

  25. Ok, I'm offically ready for basketball season.

  26. I don't smile when UNLV loses.

    I want UNLV to win. I want UNLV to be the best. I am more passionate about this program than any of you others are! You don't want to compare how much you love the Rebels against how much I love them.

    I want what is best for the program. I knew since DAY ONE that Sanford was the wrong hire. I begged Mike Hamrick not to hire him! Rick Neuheisel wanted the job but instead we hired this bum SANFORD.

    Sanford is 1-2 this year vs. FBS (Division I-A).

    Sanford is 0-1 in the MWC this season.

    Sanford's overall road record at UNLV is 2-22.

    Sanford's MWC road record at UNLV is 0-17.

    It is his 5th year on the job. Excuses are over! They are his players. They are his recruits. They aren't winning. They are 1-2 this year vs. Division I-A (FBS) opponents.

    Sanford must be fired.

    It is UNLV's destiny to be great. To get there we must fire Sanford and hire a REAL HEAD COACH!

  27. You absolutely CAN'T get a delay of game penalty in that situation. No execution. No defense. Crippling penalties at the worst possible time.

    Same old, same old.

    As much as Sanford deserves to be fired, he won't be. Because it's clear that no one at UNLV cares about football.

    It's a sad reality, but it's the truth.

    He'll probably get an extension.

  28. Pretty pathetic boys. Can't wait to get a piece of you later this year. Glad you have Sanford and we don't!

    You need to learn how to win like the Utes have.

    Go Utes!

  29. Reno is gonna barbeque them some Rebels next week. This team is on the rise like a 90-year old without Viagra.

    Ute fan, your season is OVER. You're living in a dream world if you think the Utes have a shot at a BCS bowl. Get off our board homer.

  30. Oh for sure. Reno is going to kill us.

    Bet the farm.

    This is the loss that sends UNLV into it's annual tail spin.

  31. No surprise here!!!

  32. Fire a head in season? Pro yeah ,collegiate ?Can you? But really why? He has nothing to do with the defense.I am sure he goes with his D coordinator's decision's. He handles the offense.
    Granted Sanford may have a shortcoming or two . His choice of D(therrell)as coordinator. Biggest problem I can see.
    No D back can cover a receiver for a endless period of time in a down. When no pressure is applied to the QB you have DBacks with thier hands full. How many sacks did we have?
    Linebackers we have are great.Do they jam? NO! (jam=hold up a receiver in route)This technique is requested by the coaches,all linebackers know how. Once again why are we with the talent we have on defense, not fu#$king winning.
    Drastic times take drastic measures.
    Therrell ,Plastic or paper,? get packing.
    p.s Sanford ,removing the inept, is the type of affirmative action that makes you appreciated by people.You can't make a snake fly. Therrell cannot run a defense.

  33. I could barely listen to this game. I am speechless. I really have to dig deep to say, Go Rebels.

    So much talent, so little coaching ability.

    I can put up with fumbles, interceptions and slow execution but getting a delay of game coming out of a time out with a field goal try is so inexcusable it boggles the mind.

    I could only listen but did they walk off the field and come back on? If they remained on the field was some coach trying to audible his way into a fake and stupidity reigned. I really don't know what else to say.

    This is the worst defeat that I can remember. Only UNLV and Coach Sanford can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


    FIRE SANFORD.. Hamrick you're a scumbag.

  35. let me clarify, hamrick is a SCUMBAG not for hiring him in the first place but for giving him an extension after FOUR LOSING SEASONS.

  36. And those MARSHALL fans actually thought they were getting one on UNLV for "snaring" Hamrick away. IDIOTS won't know what hit them.

  37. It is sad...
    I moved here 15 years ago and have followed the rebels since.
    I guess I am a masochist...

    I felt this was the year...
    I have stuck up for Sanford... through all his bad decisions... but no more.

    There never should have been that last field goal attempt...

    we had 3rd and 3 inside the WYO 30 with over a minute to go... We should have let Trotter or Cox have the ball one or two times and get the first down! ... and then give Omar 4 shots at the end zone...

    Instead... a 30 yard incompletion! so it is 4th and 3... and then a time out... and the decision to go for a TIE!? and kick a field goal (no chip shot either) and then the DELAY OF GAME penalty! and the decision to STILL try a field goal even further away? and then the fumbled snap... I felt like throwing up.

    Our secondary makes every other team's quarterback look like Heisman candidates... is it the athletes or the coaches?

    The decisions made by the coaching staff have often been questionable but this time was the absolute worst.

  38. "UNLV blows late game-tying opportunity""

    Yep, UNLV blows.

    : )

  39. Ziegler - not one, but TWO penalties???/ CMON - - this is not high school anymore - you need to pull this guy out and put your most discipline players in the secondary - - Wyoming loses this game big IF you keep Ziegler out of the game...he is horrible!!!

  40. UNLV has a football team?

  41. This is why I only follow the runnin rebels basketball team. I check back once in awhile to see if the football program is any better and it never is. I have been in Southern Nevada for 23 years and it never changes. They might have one decent showing every five years or so. But eventually they go right back into the toilet.

  42. How long is Sanford's extension? Are you kidding me? I'll bet he uses Coach Therrell as the scape goat and fires him.

    Let's face the facts. UNLV's defense sucks! Coach Dennis Therrel had to speak afterwards to the press and explain why they lost. Sanford put the noose around Therrell's neck. "Therrell talked about throwing some zone blitzes in the second half, but the Rebels didn't throw many, -if any-noticeable blitzes at the Cowboys in the last 30 minutes." commented by Mark Anderson. Maybe Therrell should have watched the Jets-Titans game today and how the Jets defense kept blitzing Kerry Collins in the fourth quarter with pressure defense.

    And Sanford's remarks about not seeing that the game was going to be close? Yes he did take full responsibility for not watching the clock. But that's not where the game was lost. It was his defense and his defensive coordinator,Coach Therrell. And another senseless pass interference in the fourth quarter where the receiver was no where near the ball? Hope it wasn't Deante Purvis again. So many missed tackles from the D-backs. Was Travis Dixon playing in the secondary ?

    Wait till next week, where QB Kaepernick, scrambles and picks UNLV's defense apart. My advice for Therrell, watch the Jets game from someone that TIVOed it and learn how to put pressure on the QB. Otherwise, Sanford will either resign himself or replace you.

    I can't wait for ED Graney's column. Title it:
    "The Big Bust". You can compare Sanford to JaMarcus Russell. They're both a BUST !

  43. Now does everyone know why Urban Meyer didn't take Sanford to Florida with him? Is anybody surprised? If you stop and think about it, Urban Meyer was the genius behind the Utah offense... not Sanford. I have to believe Meyer breathed a sigh of relief when he was able to walk away from this clown. Funny, but everyone talks about how bad the Rebel D is right now, so was anyone as astounded as I was when he won the coin toss last week against Hawaii and opted to put the defense on the field at the start of the game? Against the "Run and Shoot" offense of Hawaii? Anybody in their right mind (or a beginner's knowledge of football) would have wanted to keep the Rebel defense on the bench as much as possible! The Reb's won, but not because Sanford didn't try to wear out the defense as fast as he could. Then did anyone else see the classless "handshake" that Sanford gave the Hawaii coach after the game? He never actually stopped running to say anything of consequence to the Hawaii coach as you would expect any mature, intelligent college coach would do. I'm sure the Hawaii coach walked away asking himself what THAT was all about! Sadly, I haven't seen any written sports articles commenting on any of these issues. Are my wife and I the only ones that have seen these things? What it all boils down to is UNLV having one really bad coach. We've gotta get rid of him, and I would suggest sooner rather than later... He doesn't represent either UNLV or the MWC well and is an embarrassment we here in LV are being forced to live with.

  44. Of course you can fire a coach in mid-season. Give him his buy out right now along with that loser Therrell. Make Todd Berry the interim coach and start the search for a real coach this week. At least Berry has head coaching experience & a military background maybe he can instill some discipline in this group for the rest of the season. The players need to take over this team and begin to win these games for themselves if they can because it is obvious Sanford has no control over this team at all.
    There are plenty of real good O coordinators & D coordinators in top 15 schools just itching for a shot. We already have some talent to work with why not go after a good coordinator who is already running the spread offense for a top 15 school? They could step right in with the talent we have and probably win right away. Why did they not run Trotter more he was averaging 5.2 a carry when it was obvious Clayton needed some help? If Trotter carries the ball 27 times in that game he finishes with at least 150 yds. & the rebels win that game. Once again bad play calling, coach has got to go!!