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For a successful season, UNLV will have to improve on the road

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UNLV’s Bradley Randle (28) cuts upfield during a second quarter kick return against Idaho on Saturday at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. The Rebels fell to the Vandals, 30-7, dropping to 0-3 on the season.

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  • UNLV’s 2-11 campaign in 2010 under first-year coach Bobby Hauck was a tale of two seasons. The six-game home schedule included some of the young Rebels’ more promising performances. The seven-game road slate, though, showed just how young UNLV really was. Hauck’s team lost all seven of its games away from Sam Boyd Stadium, and none of them were really that close, coming by an average margin of 34.7 points. If the UNLV program is going to begin turning a corner this season, Hauck will quickly admit that playing better football on the road is a must. Here’s a recap of UNLV’s eventful road results from 2010:

      • UNLV at Utah
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        Sept. 11, 2010 — Utah 38, UNLV 10

        Bobby Hauck is more involved with special teams than most coaches, which was why this loss made him more visibly angry than most. A bevy of special teams miscues helped the Utes come alive in the second and third quarters, where they scored 28 of their 38 points.

      • UNLV vs. Idaho
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        Sept. 18, 2010 — Idaho 30, UNLV 7

        UNLV was expected to give Idaho a close game in the Kibbie Dome, but laid an egg on both sides of the ball. The Rebels didn’t score until there were 79 seconds left in the game. The Vandals only racked up 332 yards of total offense, but most of that came before the half, as they let off of the pedal some and tried to run the clock out after the break.

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        Oct. 9, 2010 — West Virginia 49, UNLV 10

        It took the Mountaineers less than five minutes to get a 14-0 lead on the board, and both their first and second units had their way with the Rebels. UNLV tried to establish a run game but ended up with only 96 yards on 40 rushing attempts.

      • UNLV vs Colorado State
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        Oct. 16, 2010 — Colorado State 43, UNLV 10

        In another game where UNLV appeared to have a chance going in, highly-touted freshman quarterback Pete Thomas chose the Rebels to be the victims of his breakout game. The Rams’ big-armed frosh hit 10 of 14 pass attempts for 233 yards and three touchdowns, including a back-breaking 73-yard score in the second quarter. Making matters worse, CSU pounded out 259 yards and two more TDs on the ground.

      • UNLV
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        Nov. 6, 2010 — BYU 55, UNLV 7

        This was easily the road effort that left Hauck more livid than any other in 2010. BYU’s young, inexperienced offense had sputtered all season before UNLV came to town. The Rebels found themselves down 38-0 at the half, and it wasn’t until the fourth quarter when the Cougars called off the dogs. Freshman quarterback Jake Heaps had a career day with 294 yards through the air, while BYU totaled 516 yards of offense. Their defense forced 10 UNLV punts.

      • UNLV
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        Nov. 27, 2010 — San Diego State, 48, UNLV 14

        Two years earlier on a trip to San Diego, 5-6 UNLV tried to down 1-10 San Diego State and earn its first bowl berth since 2000. Two years later, the tables had turned, and the Rebels met a buzzsaw in San Diego. The Aztecs, who would go on to win nine games and emerge victorious in the Poinsettia Bowl, stomped UNLV to the tune of 588 yards of total offense.

      • UNLV vs. Hawaii
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        Dec. 4, 2010 — Hawaii 59, UNLV 21

        In the Rebels’ final road game of the season, the offense showed flashes of life and promise for the future, but it was a stumble across the finish line for the depleted, inexperienced defense. Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns. But, hey, at least the weather was nice?

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