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Football Looks To Regroup After Dropping Opener

Sept. 2, 2017

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UNLV was stunned in its season opener at the hands of Howard University, 43-40, in a game at Sam Boyd Stadium that featured multiple twists and turns and four lead changes Saturday night to open the 50th season of Rebel Football.

UNLV won nearly all statistical categories but two costly turnovers and too many penalties (13 for 90 yards) allowed the upstart Bison to win the first meeting between the programs. Caylin Newton, the younger brother of NFL star Cameron Newton, rushed for 190 net yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for the visitors from the MEAC. The Rebels, who don't play at home again until Sept. 30 vs. San Jose State, must now regroup quickly with two road games sandwiched around their bye week laying ahead.


UNLV was driving for the potential go-ahead score in the second quarter when, on first down at the Howard 19, the Rebels fumbled the ball and Bison big man Devin Rollins picked it up and ran for a 75-yard touchdown the other way to give his team a 21-9 lead.


Howard converted two UNLV fumbles into 15 total points.


Junior running back Lexington Thomas came off the bench to rush for 151 yards and two touchdowns in addition to adding another 48 yards on two receptions.




"Extremely disappointing outcome, the most frustrated I have been since I've been here. We shot ourselves in the foot so many times early on in that first half. Our inability to play well on our third downs and our defense the entire game was pretty evident ... That's a game we fully except and should win and we did not. We've got some work to do."- Head Coach Tony Sanchez

REBEL NOTES: -UNLV wore throwback helmets for the first time in its half-century history, sporting a design inspired by arguably the best team in school history -- the Randall Cunningham-led 1984 league and bowl champions.

-Redshirt Armani Rogers became the 11th different starting quarterback for UNLV in the last 14 years.

-Rogers became just the fourth freshman (all redshirts) in school history to start at quarterback during a season-opening game, joining Nick Sherry (2012), Travis Dixon (2007) and Jon Denton (1996). Dixon was the only one of the foursome to win his debut.

-Rogers completed 11 of 19 attempts for 220 yards and one touchdown through the air while rushing for 82 net yards on just nine carries in his first collegiate action. He did not have a turnover and was not sacked.

-Senior Devonte Boyd finished with 105 yards on just four receptions, marking the 12th career 100-yard receiving game of his career and tying him with UNLV all-time leader Ryan Wolfe, who had 12 from 2006-09.

-Junior Lexington Thomas ran for 151 yards on 21 carries, marking the eighth career 100-yard rushing game of his career and tying him with two others for ninth place on the school's all-time list.

-Junior linebacker Bailey Laolagi led all tacklers with 13 total.


UNLV will play its first road game of 2017 when it travels to face Idaho next Saturday starting at 4 p.m. Fans can watch via

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