Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 | 11:59 p.m.
If UNLV has a golden opportunity left on the board this season to end the nation's longest road losing streak in conference games, this weekend's trip to Albuquerque is it.
The Rebels will hit the road having lost 20 consecutive Mountain West contests away from Sam Boyd Stadium, but a change of scenery might not be the worst thing in the world for Mike Sanford's club.
After losing four in a row, UNLV now gets a chance to heal up some against New Mexico, who is the league's lone remaining winless team.
While the Rebels have had defensive woes, the Lobos have had several of their own. UNLV ranks 112th out of 120 FBS teams in total defense this season, while New Mexico is 108th.
New Mexico is a program experiencing far more turmoil right now than UNLV. On top of the fact that five of those six losses this season have come by more than 20 points, the Lobos will be without first-year coach Mike Locksley this weekend, who is serving a 10-day suspension without pay following an alleged altercation with one of his assistant coaches.
One Lobo who the Rebels are familiar with is quarterback Donovan Porterie, who has the potential to keep them in the game. He's thrown for 1,098 yards this season, completed 60.3 percent of his passes and has four TD tosses to go with five interceptions.