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Making The Rounds: UNLV Rebels

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UNLV was defeated in Salt Lake City by Utah last week. Above is The Mtn.'s highlights of the game and the Announcers' recap of the game.

Here is Mountain West Connection's recap of the game.

The score does not reflect how well UNLV played in this game. Utah scored three touchdowns off of UNLV special teams mistakes this game. If UNLV had a better special teams, it's possible that UNLV could have won this game. If those three touchdowns aren't made, then it was 17-10 towards the end of the game. At the end of the game, Omar Clayton drove the ball down to the 1 yard line on 4th and goal, but coach Hauck elected to kick a field goal, which was missed. That could have been the game tying touchdown had UNLV not made so many mistakes on Special Teams.

UNLV's rivals site, Rebel-Net, has their own recap of the game.

The Rebels came into the game as three touchdown plus underdogs for a reason.? Not only is Rice-Eccles a tough venue for anybody, but the Utes have a big, physical, talented team.? But Coach Hauck and staff came up with a game plan that allowed the Rebels to stay close and maybe steal one they had no business stealing.? In the first half, the offensive attack was balanced and the Rebels were sharp in third down conversions. The decision to start - and stay with - Omar Clayton appeared to be the right choice.??

However, untimely turnovers and key isolated mistakes left the Rebels scrambling to get back into the game, something they failed to do.??

 Rebel Nation has a recap with inside information - it's the blog for the Review-Journal.

His team had a big edge in many of the key statistics afterward. But don't try selling new UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck on his team gaining any moral victories in a 38-10 loss at 20th-ranked Utah on Saturday afternoon at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Next week the Rebels play Idaho, Here is my preview of them from back in July.

This Idaho football club has traditionally been a bottom of the cellar team in the WAC although that changed last season. The Vandals got their first winning season in a long time and most of that was because their offensive line played so good. Unfortunately, only one starter from that line is returning and that is going to make things tough on Idaho. The good news is they return every player on defense except for the free safety. That's not saying much though because this defense wasn't exactly what you would call good. Giving up 70 points to Nevada is just inexcusable. That said, having almost all of your starters return is a huge help and this defense should improve.

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