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Another low: UNLV wastes early opportunities, blasted by UNR, 37-0

Rebels only muster 110 yards of offense, can’t capitalize on five Wolf Pack turnovers

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UNR running back Stefphon Jefferson skips past UNLV defensive back Sidney Hodge during their game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Mackay Stadium in Reno. UNR won the game 37-0 to extend its winning streak over UNLV to seven.

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UNR fans celebrate after a game against UNLV on aturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Mackay Stadium in Reno. UNR won the game 37-0 to extend its winning streak over UNLV to seven. Launch slideshow »

RENO — Bobby Hauck has said time and time again that what he's looking for from his UNLV football team is consistent performance, eliminating "wild swings."

Well, they've been consistent in one area: The inability to stay close in road games.

This one will sting the Rebels more than most, being that they were shut out by their biggest rival in a 37-0 whipping at Nevada-Reno on Saturday at Mackay Stadium.

Another reason for the lasting burn? They had more than one opportunity early in the game to grab the upper hand.

The Rebels (1-4) forced turnovers on each of the first two Wolf Pack (2-3) possessions, including a fumble by starting quarterback Cody Fajardo that set the UNLV offense up at the UNR 16-yard line.

But those possessions resulted in no points and it would be a theme all night for the Rebels, who didn't produce a single point despite the Pack coughing the ball up to them five times (two fumbles, three interceptions).

"When you don't capitalize in a game like this, the home team that's pretty dang good is going to make you pay," Hauck said.

A decent defensive performance through the game's first 23 minutes went to waste once UNR actually did make UNLV pay.

UNLV's fifth straight failed offensive possession out of the gates set UNR up at its own 10-yard line. On the first play, senior quarterback Tyler Lantrip — just inserted into the game for the struggling Fajardo — hit receiver Rishard Matthews on a 10-yard hitch route near the right sideline. After a blown tackle, Matthews turned upfield and scampered 90 yards for the score that officially blew open the floodgates.

"(The defense) played 50 plays in the first half," Hauck said, agreeing that his defense got tired toward the end of the second stanza. "It was a shame we gave up the long pass play on the hitch, because we were playing really, really well on defense at that point in time."

Very little of the defense UNLV played after that point would fit into that category, as UNR was off and scoring.

Lantrip, who had struggled to this point to fill the shoes of the departed Colin Kaepernick, erupted for 366 yards on just 18 completions, adding two more touchdown tosses to his stat line.

Matthews caught 10 balls for 220 yards, while sophomore running back Stefphon Jefferson — starting in place of injured Las Vegas native Mike Ball — had 100 yards on 17 carries.

UNR finished the night with 699 yards of total offense and walked away with the Fremont Cannon for the seventh year in a row.

The biggest problem of the night, though, was UNLV's offense, which sunk even lower than it had two weeks ago in an ugly 41-16 loss to Football Championship Series foe Southern Utah.

Sophomore quarterback Caleb Herring, who threw three interceptions that were all returned for touchdowns against SUU, went just 1-of-14 for eight yards and was sacked five times. Both his one completion and 14 yards through the air set new UNLV marks for single-game futility in those categories, and the one hook-up through the air didn't come until there were four minutes left in the game.

At times, he held onto the ball too long, and on several other occasions, he overthrew the ball. To boot, star senior receiver Phillip Payne, who had caught 18 passes for 282 yards in his last two meetings with UNR combined, was only targeted twice the entire game.

Herring wasn't replaced by junior backup Sean Reilly, but one would have to think that the pressure on the struggling starter will be turned up in practice in the coming week.

"Confidence-wise, after a loss like that, you don't really have much of it," he said. "You have to try to find something on film to get you back on or do something in practice next week."

It also didn't help that UNLV's young and inconsistent offensive line once again showed its age. Right from go, UNR stacked the box against UNLV, applied pressure on the edges and, most importantly, never let up. In its 2011 home opener, the Wolf Pack was clearly wanting to let out some frustrations from a brutal road trip that left Chris Ault's club 1-3.

They never eased up, and UNLV was only able to muster 110 yards of total offense.

Herring was sacked five times, and the Rebels averaged only 2.6 yards per carry as a team on 39 attempts. Freshman Dionza Bradford led the way with 79 yards on 18 totes, as he replaced sophomore Tim Cornett, who was hurt early in the game and never returned.

Just another bad night that left many frustrated and several questions lingering above the program. Under Hauck, UNLV is now 0-10 on the road, with an average margin of defeat of 36.6 points.

"We didn't complete passes, didn't convert third downs and didn't move the ball on offense," Herring said. "What people saw was pretty much what we can say for ourselves."

This and that …

UNLV was just 1-of-14 on third downs, while UNR converted nine of 14 third down plays into fresh sets of downs … Sophomore linebacker Tani Maka led UNLV with 13 tackles, including one for a loss … The shutout is the first time in the history of the UNLV-UNR series that either side has been held scoreless … In his first game at safety, senior Quinton Pointer had seven tackles, two forced fumbles, an interception and a pass break-up … UNLV has now forced 11 turnovers in its last three games … UNLV next faces Wyoming (3-2) in Laramie next Saturday at 11 a.m. The Cowboys were blown out at Utah State on Saturday night, 63-19.

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  1. 2 weeks to prepare two turnovers right out of the gate, you couldn't have asked for a better start...yet the results are the same 1-4 blown out of every game. Wisconsin 51-17 ok tough opener Wazzu State 59-7 0 points on offense td on kick return. Hawaii 40-20 we got them on the second week of a long road trip have to say in hind sight they took us lightly, Southern Utah 41-16 we score on a quick turnover fake field goal best completion of the year we don't score offensively until time running out.
    We get our rival in a bye week they're breaking in a new qb and once again we put him on the heisman watch. The offensive numbers are hard to believe 1 first down 8 passing yards shut out again!!!!!! WTF is going on? Our FBS stats have us in triple digits pass yds 103rd points for 102nd points against 118th.
    All time low! Bobby you got to do better the whole staff have some pride gentlemen some of us actually paid for season tickets!

  2. These guys are as good as the Minnesota Golden Gophers. I think that matchup would end up in a 6-3 score line...and that many points is being generous.

    DOES ANYONE AT UNLV CARE ABOUT HIRING SUCH AN UNQUALIFIED COACH??????

  3. The UNLV football program is in really bad shape.

    And by the way, it is not UNR. The proper name is NEVADA, or the University of Nevada or Nevada Wolf Pack. The folks in Las Vegas can't seem to understand that this name was changed years ago. Go look at ESPN.com or CBSSportsline.com and there is no UNR, just Nevada. This is a fairly simple concept.

    Perhaps the folks in Las Vegas just can't get their heads around the fact that Nevada is just a better school. This has the feel of low self esteem.

  4. I don't think Bobby needs to go but at LEAST one of the two cordanators needs too. And if the staff cant relize that then they all have to go.

  5. Simple.......NO athletes!!!!

  6. God bless these Saints of the Ball!

  7. Was I the only guy who got no sound on the channel 68 or whatever broadcast? And why did it look like it was shot with someone's hand-held camera? What a joke.

    As for team, when a college team gets this inept you have to blame the coaching staff.

  8. Continuing the season with the same coaching staff means they accept the problem and aren't trying to find solutions. Basketball home opener 11-11-11. Running Rebel weekend starts next Friday at the Fremont Experience. And on November 14th (Nevada, UNR, whatever) gets payback when they visit the Thomas and Mack!!

  9. How can UNLV not fire Huck. This so called coach has to be one of the worse coach's in NCAA. I have seen pee wee football with more talent.

  10. If this were a regular school teacher producing scholastic results of this kind, you'd be demanding their head. And you certainly wouldn't pay them this much. Just so long as you're entertained, I guess.

  11. The sound on channel 98 came on in the second half. Agree the picture looked like a porn movie from the 70's.

    That was the worst QB I have ever seen since Pop Warner days. And we gave The Coach an extension? Poor Hawaii must be ashamed right now.

  12. Oh yeah...MIKE LEACH. Still out there.

  13. The first year, it might be the fault of the team getting used to the new coach. The second year it's the coach. Period.

  14. I'm not a sports fan in even the loosest sense of the term, so I don't really give a crap about winners and losers.....But are any of these players on scholarships? If so maybe UNLV could spend the $$ more wisely elseware....just a thought. Support your local HS team instead!

  15. Worst offensive performance in school history. How do you get 5 turnovers and zero points? The special teams did their part in setting up for good field position too, and the punt team was doing pretty good. Zero offense. I mean none, nada, nothing. The first quarter, there was zero, yes, ZERO yards. At half, there were ZERO pass yards.

  16. Hey Superbad, the whole we're not UNR, we're "Nevada" thing is really quite old. Instead of using sites like ESPN and CBS to prove a point, why don't you take a visit to your school's website at... wait for it...

    http://www.unr.edu/

    Maybe the people up north just can't wrap their heads around the fact that when the rest of the United States and the world for that matter thinks of Nevada, Las Vegas immediately comes to mind.

    As for our dismal performance yesterday... I can't say that I'm surprised. Our defense wasn't horrible, but when your offense can't capitalize on turnovers, what do you expect? I feel like Herring needs to be replaced immediately. I don't think Sean Reilly is the key to our success, but he's bound to have more that one completion.

    Thank goodness basketball season is just around the corner. 11-11-11 is redemption day for UNLV athletics!

  17. This is picky but in response to superbad the name is UNR, University of Nevada, Reno. Just as UNLV is University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Look at the University's web site. You shouldn't believe ESPN.

  18. UNLV football fan, I feel for you. As a life-long Montana fan, I suffered through the Hauck years myself, along with a lot of other fans who deserved better. Yes, MT had a winning record under Hauck, but the numbers don't tell the real story. Under Hauck's "leadership," MT won the games they were supposed to win; but when the pressure was on, they folded every time: because Hauck folded every time. We lost 3 FCS Championships under Hauck, and each loss was utterly predictable. One close-up of Hauck on the side lines, and you knew you were going to lose. The man exuded nervousness. His facial expressions and body language radiated bewilderment and lack of confidence. That is an inexcusable demeanor for a head coach to have: it has a toxic effect on the impressionable young men he is supposed to inspire and lead. Never mind Hauck's ability (or inability) with respect to the X's and O's of the sport. He fails in the most crucial category of all: the unteachable art of leadership. A man who cannot inspire and lead other men has no business coaching football, at any level.

    I seriously wonder if UNLV's A.D. did due diligence before hiring Hauck. Anyone who did the research would know that Montana's record was not an accurate indicator of Hauck's coaching ability. MT had won two national championships (under coaches Don Reed and Joe Glenn) before the Hauck era began. When Hauck was hired, MT was one of the most vaunted FCS programs in the nation: the program was able to recruit top talent on the basis of its reputation alone. The truth is, MT won DESPITE having Bobby Hauck for a head coach. They won because of the talent the school was able to attract on the basis of a winning tradition that was established by previous coaches, not by coach Hauck. Hauck himself eroded the core of that winning tradition, leaving MT football in worse shape than he found it.

    Those responsible for hiring Hauck (and for extending his contract) do not want to admit how poor their judgment has been. Thus it will be up to UNLV football fans to mount a grass-roots effort to find a new coach if they want to have a winning program again. But it's unlikely such a thing will ever happen. Because if there's one thing a Montana fan can tell you, it's this: having Bobby Hauck around has the strange effect of making you never want to care about football again for as long as you live.

  19. Anyone take a look Mike Sanford's record through his first eighteen games at UNLV? Oddly enough, it's the same as Bobby Hauck's through eighteen games, 3-15. Sanford didn't win number four for another five games.

    Albeit, Sanford's teams could put points on the board. But let's be honest with ourselves, UNLV has never been and never will be a football school.

  20. Rebel fans can call the Pack whatever they want. It won't change the scoreboard, and we'll just keep calling them "terrible." ;-)

  21. bobthebuilder asks an excellent question: "What the heck happened?" Bobby Hauck. That's what happened.

  22. was at the game. Truly pitiful...worst UNLV team have seen in 35 years. Players were actually falling on field so to be not tackled....kid you not. Worst quarterback have ever seen. How on earth can a coach let players get away with such behavior and zero motivation? Red shirted rebel fans were gone from stadium before 3rd quarter and don't blame them. Attended both schools and impartial...was truly embarrassed for Vegas. Next time send great high school team to play.

  23. Moved by pity for UNLV, Wyoming has announced that they will play 8-man football for the duration of the game next week. They've also promised not to run up the score.

  24. Ryan, the problem with the idea of not holding haulks feet to the fire is that gives him a pass to be lousy. He doesn't need to be fired this year but he needs to know the pressure is on. Also the truth is nobody is going to turn a team around who can't even stay in a game at all. Way less people would be mad if the rebels were actually in the games and lost. We would see hope there. Nobody is going to turn around a team to six wins in one year from now when they can't even be in a game at all. That's just the truth. So haulks feet should be on the fire to change his staff or something because you can't really believe there is a chance to go from one of the worst fbs teams to a middle team in twelve games from now. That would be a unrealist jump of nearly 70 spots.

  25. Jahreb,

    Why don't you enlighten us about your kook aid drinking only two short games ago? Here is what you said; "As silly as it sounds, a bowl game is reasonable. All we have to do it beat a 4 terrible teams (SUU, Reno, Wyo, UNM) and 1 halfway decent one (CSU), and we are bowl eligible. That really isn't a difficult road to hoe".
    What is really cracking me up is that a UNLV fan has the stones to call other teams terrible. Now that's some funny shizznit right there.

  26. Seriously, is anyone else wondering if the players themselves bet against the spread and took the over? Dropped balls. Missed tackles. And yet they're on scholarship which leads one to believe at some point, these players were good? I would start an investigation. There's no excuse for some of the things that are happening.

  27. Bobby, Caleb is a terrible QB. Fire your O'Cordinator too.Those are 2 moves to start with.Why don't players want to come to UNLV?Is this a bad place?Is the "sin" city something that scares recruits?Of course the program is really suffering now.It's so sad, when we beat Hawaii the hope was so high.Football can be so fun at SB Park but players got to play some tough football.BUT FIRST, GET CALEB OUT!!!! He is killing us.

  28. :( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. If Temple can turn around their program, there is no excuse in a city with a Top 10 nationally ranked High School Football team that UNLV can not become a big time program. The fact that no heads are rolling on Hauck's Staff is something that Livengood needs to ask his Coach about as it is not working, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
    The broadcast was of poor quality and had UNLV's stamp of approval. Good that there was not any sound to hear these horrible announcers.
    The choice was made to hire Hauck and considering how the program could not payout Sanford to get him out of here (anyone seeing how bad Louisville is in scoring points). This is where a big donor needs to step up and say lets get a program builder in Mike Leach to get this fixed. Program builder has to be the main reason to hire a Coach next time, not a guy coming from an already winning program. It has not worked with Strong, Horton, Sanford and now Hauck. Coach Fran set up TCU for Patterson, Leach built Texas Tech from nothing. Since we know that Craig James smeared Leach due to his son not getting any time and ESPN has let go their writer who wrote the book with Leach. ESPN knows the truth and wants to cover for James, who is way over hyped. Changes need to be made with the Staff, as this was not the brutal schedule of last year and the losing has gotten worse. Hawaii must be kicking themselves for taking a holiday in Vegas and then losing to UNLV.

  30. hey mat dice check out the offical website of The UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA. wait of it wait for it wait for it.

    http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/

    even here Nevada head coach Chris ault says calling Nevada Unr is disrespectful.

    We are the University of Nevada. I am calling for anyone and everyone to join the effort to bring awareness for others to call us by our true name, the University of Nevada.
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    It is complete nonsense that we have to put up with others calling our school UNR. We are the flagship campus of the state and deserve our true title, the University of Nevada. This Facebook page is in place to gather everyone who supports that we should have rights to the name.

    Take a look on ESPN, we are Nevada.
    Take a look at Facebook, we are the Nevada Network.
    Take a look at our athletics website, we are Nevada, with out 'Reno'!
    Take a look at all of the Pack clothing. It always says Nevada, not a single hit to UNR or Reno.

    You don' hear anyone call University of Texas call it UTA right? THEN WHY ARE WE ANY DIFFERENT?

    "I would absolutely not wear those passes," Ault said on Monday. "I just feel strongly that is a simple respect that we've earned. I would not allow our university to disrespect their university in that way. I'd never do that. I don't know why they (UNLV) continue to disrespect our university."

    "I've always believed that you should call a university what they want to be called. They've earned that respect. You should never disrespect another university by not respecting their name."
    -Chris Ault, Nevada Wolf Pack Head Coach

    We've earned it since 1874...

    when was unlv formed?

    wait for it wait for it 1957.

    so it is always called nevada.

    http://www.wacsports.com/

    in the wac unr is called Nevada

    in the mwc Unr is called Nevada

    http://www.themwc.com/genrel/081810aac.h...

    Even your confrence calls unr NEVADA. UNLV is full of people who do not know what they are talking about.

  31. also it is a year for unlv to rebuild. and that would be cool if nevada could play UNLV for a bowl game. this year. if both teams could get into the same bowl. and play each other. has that ever happened?

  32. also Nevada can sell out games and pack the house. can unlv even sell out a game?

  33. but hey this game is all for fun anways. i hope unlv can turn around and get a bowl bid, and i hope nevada can get a bowl bid as well. go pack and go rebs.

  34. even new mexico call s Nevada NEVADA.
    http://www.golobos.com/sports/m-footbl/n...

  35. but either way both university's are important to our future generations to do what high school students wan to do after high school go to college.i just hope with this budget crisis they don't cut anything else from Nevada or unlv. and soe anyone know when college of southern Nevada plays western Nevada college for baseball and softball?

  36. It's ok Speedstick, I'd be embarrassed to have Reno in my name too.

  37. How come no is calling for Hauck's head yet? He got a contract extension & yet somehow he has managed to bring your football program to even lower stats. The University should just save some money by not even showing up to the games. At least by not showing up UNLV football program can't get any worse then it is now.. (No I am not a NEVADA/ UNR or whatever they are called this week fan!)

  38. Hauck is making as much money as assistants make in a lot of programs. If you want to get a bigger name coach then you need to raise the coach salary budget by 200-300%. Can a school that is already struggling financially afford to invest in something so under-supported as UNLV football?

    Unfortunately, it seems like the program has just been going through the motions for the last decade with no real traction to be gained. I think it's time to either invest in the infrastructure of the program (on-campus stadium, big name head coach, bigger recruiting budget) or just cut it all together. We can join the West Coast Conference for basketball only if the MWC requires us to have a football team.

  39. JahReb, you need to take a break.. I see you making inflammatory posts all over this website, not just in the Rebels section. You never seem to provide any support for the claims you make and I always picture you screaming at your monitor as you type out your comments..

    WooooooSaaaaah

  40. i agree with UNLV. and UNLV i hope your team improves this year. who do you play next? i hope you guys win. good luck to the pack and the rebs this year.

  41. and all i have to say is a simple game can make fans mad about simple stuff like the name of a university. who cares. as long as colleges are not getting cut is what counts in our state. because allot of people want to go to college. and sports help bring money to the areas economy. so i hope Sandoval dose not make anymore cuts to the university system. because we need these things to help bring more students to these schools. and more people to our area. to bring more money to the state.

  42. and who agrees with me on my last post?

  43. @unlv-123, why would any university drop down to a lower conference (and yes, WCC is lower on the food chain than MWC). MWC can't exactly boot a member out to my knowledge, and someone has to lose. Unfortunately UNLV falls into that category. ESPN typically has us on the Bottom 10, I feel this week it will be ranked higher than 10th. NM takes the honor of being the worst in the nation.

    I believe MWC is on the cusp of having a BCS bid (if schools decide to stay put...), with all the conference realignment happening, and if that were to happen, you'd see better recruits, and more interest in the program.

  44. I work at UNLV and this football team is the most pathetic team I have ever seen. No heart.

  45. @Wade, We could enter the WCC for basketball if the MWC requires us to play football as well. I imagine the WCC could get(or has) a comparable TV deal to the MWC (can't be a whole lot worse), and in NCAABB there is actually a playoff to decide the champion, so conferences are not AS important.

    @Heretic, Last time I posted I said that there is a lot more wrong with the program than Bobby Hauck, and I think I even stated that I wasn't backing him. I haven't changed my stance on that. In order to turn a program like UNLVFB, which has been pathetically bad almost every year since moving up to D1, you need to infuse it with something that changes the culture. This usually starts with money and facilities. If UNLV is not willing or able to put more resources into the program then I don't see the point in keeping it around.

  46. GO REBELS!!!!!

  47. rhizomaton, as a Grizzly fan myself & UM almni, I disagree strongly with everything you said re: Bobby Hauck. I will grant you I have not seen him as up close & personal as you have, apparently, but in his trips to the FCS Championship, Hauck upset some highly touted teams and with talent he developed, 7 of those talented players in the NFL right now, & 2 gone to the Pro Bowl.

    There are more fans, I among them, that think Hauck is a good coach & UNLV has to look elsewhere to see what UNLV's problems are. I'm not saying Hauck is perfect. He does make mistakes. He made mistakes at Montana. But, overall, his 7 years at Montana have been highly successful.

    He may have been too optimistic in turning this program around, overlooking far deeper problems with this program and the fatal low regard Las Vegans and NV have for UNLV, let alone its football program. Let's face it: UNR is the chosen one in NV & it will be a cold day in H**l for that to change.

    You can't take a pig's ear and turn it into a silk purse, as the saying goes. I think Bobby is finding it out and if things don't improve this year, he ought to walk away and let the program, its fans, its critics, remain mired in what they have now.

  48. Major problems again like every single year. How can a school never make it out of rebuilding mode? This is the worst team in the history of UNLV football IMO. I was drinking the Hauck koolaid when his name first surfaced & he was hired but boy do I have serious buyers remorse now. I bet every booster & even Livengood now realizes he should have hired Franchione. When a team consistantly has mental breakdowns in the field of play along with fundamental football technique failures it is the coaching. Either it is the players breaking down, the coaches not having the capabilities to teach & coach correctly, or the coaches are lost altogether on how to get this fixed but it always falls on the coaches. When players quit, they don't care about themselves, their fellow athletes, or their coaches. How can you quit knowing that you have to come to the sideline & face a coach with fire in his eyes, a man who never quits unless you dont have that in your coach? If you cannot give 100% every single play & go hard until the final whistle as coaches & players you are a waste of a salary & a scholarship.

    All fans can really ask for is a team that is unified, goes hard for 4 quarters, is disciplined, & never quits, if you get that you will win some ball games. If Coach Hauck cannot get that from his players he is in the wrong profession.