UNLV left Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon still in search of the first win of the Tony Sanchez era, dropping to 0-3 following a 28-7 loss to the Michigan Wolverines.
While the Rebels aptly defended the pass against Michigan on Saturday, it was the Wolverine ground game that shredded UNLV. The Wolverines tallied up 254 rushing yards, including 118 on 8 carries from Ty Isaac. That includes a 76 yard touchdown run from Isaac that pushed the Michigan lead to 21-0 midway through the second quarter.
UNLV definitely did some good things for a team mostly without an identity and undergoing so much change throughout the program. With the game already decided, UNLV had a couple of shots at the endzone late in the fourth quarter that would have trimmed the Wolverine lead to two touchdowns. Michigan entered the game as 34 point favorites.
The Rebels put together their only scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter. A 5 play 75 yard drive was capped off by a 6 yard TD pass from Blake Decker to Devonte Boyd. Boyd led all Rebel receivers with 3 catches for 65 yards.
UNLV again utilized a dual quarterback scheme. Decker completed 8 of 16 passes for 96 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Kurt Palandech was 6 of 10 for 47 yards.
The Rebels never got any sort of rushing attack going against Michigan. Keith Whitely led UNLV with 29 yards on 13 carries. Freshmen Lexington Thomas and Xzaviar Campbell combined for 16 yards on 11 carries.
UNLV's beastly out of conference schedule is over. Next week the Rebels welcome Idaho State to Las Vegas, before opening Mountain West play at Nevada on October 3rd. Michigan welcomes BYU to Ann Arbor next Saturday.