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Rebels Add Houston Trip To 2014 Slate

May 29, 2014

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV's football team will play at Houston on Saturday, September 20 as the schools announced a late addition to their schedules Thursday.

Kickoff time and TV information will be announced at a later date. UNLV will be paid $400,000 for making the single-game trip to face the American Athletic Conference opponent.

The Rebels, who are coming off their first bowl trip in 13 seasons, were able to add a 13th game per NCAA rules because they play at Hawai'i in 2014. The game replaces what was scheduled to be UNLV's first of two off weekends during the fall. The Cougars, who are opening a new on-campus stadium this season, played in the BBVA Compass Bowl en route to posting an 8-5 mark in 2013.

UNLV has 10 Texans on its 2014 roster, including four returning lettermen from the Houston area. That group is highlighted by All-America candidate wide receiver Devante Davis who graduated from North Shores High School in suburb Galena Park.

"We saw nothing but positives in adding a trip to Houston to the schedule," said UNLV Director of Athletics Tina Kunzer-Murphy. "Taking the team to play in a high-profile city and their brand-new stadium, while also helping our budget, is something that was certainly appealing. We are also excited to travel to an area of the country where a good number of our players call home. I want to thank University of Houston athletics director Mack Rhoades and his staff for their work in making this happen and we are looking forward to a great game."

UNLV and Houston have met on the gridiron just twice with the Cougars winning both ends of a home-and-home series in 1989-90.

"We have a big group from Texas, including four seniors, so getting to play in front of friends and family will be memorable," said UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck. "Texas is also one of our biggest recruiting areas after Nevada and California so we look forward to playing down there this fall against a bowl team in Houston."



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DATE     OPPONENT               SITE
Aug. 29  at Arizona             Tucson, AZ
Sept. 20 at Houston             Houston, TX
Sept. 27 at San Diego State*    San Diego, CA
Oct. 4   at San Jose State*     San Jose, CA
Oct. 10  FRESNO STATE*          LAS VEGAS
Oct. 18  BYE
Oct. 25  at Utah State*         Logan, UT
Nov. 1   NEW MEXICO*            LAS VEGAS
Nov. 8   AIR FORCE*             LAS VEGAS
Nov. 15  at BYU                 Provo, UT
Nov. 22  at Hawai'i*            Honolulu, HI
Nov. 29  NEVADA, RENO*          LAS VEGAS
*Mountain West Game 

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