Rebels To Play At West Virginia In '10
May 20, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV football team will travel to Morgantown to play perennial power West Virginia University on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, the schools announced Wednesday.
The additional date means the Rebels will play 13 regular-season games for the first time in program history. The expanded schedule is allowed per NCAA rules because UNLV plays at the University of Hawaii on Dec. 4, 2010.
The trip will not only mark the first gridiron meeting between UNLV and West Virginia, but also the first time the Rebels will play a team from the Big East Conference. WVU is 4-2 all-time vs. teams now making up the Mountain West Conference: 3-1 vs. Colorado State, 0-1 vs. Utah and 1-0 vs. TCU in the most recent such game between the Mountaineers and a MWC member (1984 Bluebonnet Bowl).
The 2010 game will mark a rare cross-country trip for head coach Mike Sanford's team as UNLV last played in the Eastern Time Zone on Sept. 5, 2004, at Tennessee. In fact, Morgantown will be the farthest east the Rebels have competed since playing in Florida against the University of Miami in 1972.
"Because we play at Hawaii in 2010, we had an opportunity to add another marquee matchup to our schedule and did just that with West Virginia University," UNLV Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick said.
"Going on the road to play a program like West Virginia will help UNLV's national visibility and we're looking forward to the trip," Sanford said. "It's also a great opportunity to go against a highly regarded program from the Big East Conference."
UNLV 2010 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Sept. 4 WISCONSIN Sept. 18 at Idaho Oct. 2 NEVADA, RENO Oct. 9 at West Virginia Dec. 4 at Hawaii