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UNLV Football Becomes Bowl Eligible With Two Wins After the Bye Week

Led by 2X Mountain West Rookie of the Week QB Jayden Maiava, the Rebels rattle off two wins, including a thriller for Homecoming.

Colorado State v UNLV
WR Jacob De Jesus takes off late in the second half to help his Rebels win their sixth game of the season.
Photo by Louis Grasse/Getty Images

QB Jayden Maiava led the Rebels to two wins coming off their week off. One win kept the Fremont Cannon red and the other pleased the home crowd for UNLV’s Homecoming Game.

Oct. 14th @ Nevada

The Battle for the Fremont Cannon did not disappoint as the Rebels put up some numbers. The ground attack of the offense was led by RB Donavyn Lester as he ran for not one, not two, but three touchdowns in the win. Maiava threw for 267 yds and two touchdowns, both to WR Ricky White. White also caught eight balls for 174 yards.

The Pack put up a fight, but the Rebels got off to a fast start to keep ahead of the Pack the whole game. The final score was 45-27 and this was the Rebels fifth win of the season.

Notable Stats


  • QB Jayden Maiava - 20/25 267 yds 2 TDs


  • RB Donavyn Lester - 10 att 99 yds 3 TDs
  • RB Vincent Davis Jr. - 17 att 71 yds 1 TD


  • WR Ricky White - 8 rec 174 yds 2 TDs

Oct. 21st vs Colorado State

This game was a little different than the previous. Colorado State was able to hang with Colorado earlier this year in one of the years most exciting games. This was going to be a tough test for the young Rebel team.

The 1st Half was a very defensive game with only 16 total points being scored and none in the 1st Quarter. The Rams led the Rebels 13-3 at half. Some offensive miscues led to the Rebels only getting 3 points.

Coming out of Halftime, the Rebels scored 16 unanswered points, including an 11-yard score from Lester to put them up 19-13 with a little more than 7 minutes in the 4th quarter left. Colorado State answered back with a touchdown of their own putting them up 20-19 after the extra point. The Rebels then drove down the field and kicked a field goal with 1:15 left. The Rams then kicked a 55-yard field goal with 49 seconds left to put them up 23-22.

The Rebels took the remaining time to drive down the field which including two 20+ yard catches in crunch time by White and WR Jacob De Jesus to put the Rebels on the Colorado State 10 yard-line. K Jose Pizano kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to walk it off for the Rebels.

Rebels win 25-23. Pizano named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week. The Rebels became bowl eligible after the thrilling win.

Notable Stats


  • QB Jayden Maiava - 27/36 353 yds


  • RB Donavyn Lester - 13 att 60 yds 1 TD


  • WR Jacob De Jesus - 9 rec 170 yds
  • WR Ricky White - 9 rec 74 yds

Special Teams

  • K Jose Pizano - 6/6 FG

Next Game

The Rebels face their toughest test yet for an in-conference game. They travel to Valley Children’s Stadium to play the 6-1 Fresno State Bulldogs. The game will be Saturday, October 28th at 7:30 PM PT or 10:30 PM ET. This game will be on FS1.