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Rebels’ long-distance kicker earns league’s weekly award

Steve Marcus

UNLV cheerleaders perform during the UNLV Rebels home opener against the Northern Colorado Bears at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

Rebels’ long-distance kicker earns league’s weekly award
UNLV Quick Hits:
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 (11:30 a.m.)
Sophomore kicker Nicolai Bornand was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced this morning. The honor comes after Bornand hit a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter of UNLV’s 13-12 victory against Northern Colorado on Saturday.

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UNLV Rebels coach Bobby Hauck, left, talks with UNLV Rebels quarterback Blake Decker (5) during UNLV's home opener against the Northern Colorado Bears at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.
Rebels lucky to avoid 0-2 start with sloppy 13-12 victory in home opener
UNLV Football:
Sunday, September 7, 2014
The most visibly excited players on the UNLV sideline appeared all night at Sam Boyd Stadium was in the fourth quarter with 5:45 remaining when Northern Colorado kicker Seth Czapenski shanked a 23-yard go-ahead field goal attempt. ...

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UNLV Rebels running back Keith Whitely (28) makes a one-handed catch during the UNLV Rebels home opener against the Northern Colorado Bears at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.
Blog: UNLV flirts with disaster in 13-12 victory against Northern Colorado
Rebels football:
Saturday, September 6, 2014
They avoided the upset, which I guess is something, but there wasn't much to feel good about during UNLV's 13-12 victory tonight against Northern Colorado, one of the bottom tier teams in Division I-AA.

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UNR's Kendall Johnson (26) runs out of the tunnel before UNR's 24-13 victory against Washington State on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in Reno, Nev.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Best Bets Week 2
Analysis:
Friday, September 5, 2014
While 5-6 isn’t exactly what I was looking for in the debut of this column, it wasn’t terrible so I’ll take it. This week we drop most of the Division I-AA opponents so things should be a little more clear.

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UNLV quarterback Blake Decker warms up before an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz.
Freshman receiver looking to build on solid debut in UNLV’s home opener
Rebels Football:
Friday, September 5, 2014
College debut. More than 50,000 people in the stands. National audience watching on ESPN. Devonte Boyd thought these things might affect him as he took the field at receiver for UNLV last Friday night at Arizona.

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Arizona running back Austin Hill (29) scores a touchdown against UNLV during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Defense must be focus for Rebels to turn page from drubbing at Arizona
UNLV football: UNLV (0-1) has great chance to bounce back from 58-13 loss with home opener Saturday night against Northern Colorado
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
When the Rebels looked back at it, the tape held basically the same information viewers could take away from Friday’s ESPN broadcast at Arizona Stadium. The Wildcats’ path to most of their points included one-on-one situations that they won. Repeat that several times and you get the 58-13 boondoggle that has UNLV at 0-1 for the fifth straight year.

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Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon (12) and UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck talk after an NCAA college football game, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona knocks Rebels around the field for second straight season
UNLV Football:
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Once you start it’s easy to get lost in the numbers — 2, 4, 787 — because they’re all staggering in their own way. They also tell the story of Arizona’s shellacking against UNLV ...

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UNLV quarterback Blake Decker warms up before an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz.
Blog: Arizona sets school records in 58-13 beatdown against UNLV
unlv football:
Friday, August 29, 2014
Once the Wildcats got rolling it looked like there was nothing UNLV could do to stop them. Bishop Gorman grad Anu Solomon set a freshman record with 425 passing yards for the Wildcats and the team finished with a school record 787 yards in a 58-13 beatdown against UNLV that matched last year's score.

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Boise State defensive tackle Armand Nance (40), center, huddles with his teammates before the first half of an NCAA football game against Mississippi, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Atlanta.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Best Bets Week 1
Analysis: As the 2014 season begins, we start a new feature picking every league game against the spread
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The 2014 Mountain West slate kicks off with a bang tonight on ESPN as Boise State begins the post-Chris Petersen era with a neutral-site game against No. 18 Ole Miss. In what will hopefully be a very profitable new venture I’m going to pick every Mountain West game this season, keeping track of ...

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UNLV won’t pursue funding for new stadium until 2017
Thursday, August 28, 2014
After months of meetings and discussion, UNLV’s Campus Improvement Advisory Board decided the timing isn’t right to seek funding for a new stadium. UNLV acting President Don Snyder suggested ...

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UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck, right, congratulates University of Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez after UNLV's home opener against Arizona at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.
Win or lose, opener at Arizona is one of UNLV’s key games this season
Thursday, August 28, 2014
If the first step to raising expectations is winning, then the next step is to press repeat. The Rebels go into the 2014 season with a drastically different ...

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UNLV receiver Phillip Payne, top, celebrates with teammate Rodelin Anthony (84) after Payne beat Arizona State defensive back Omar Bolden (3) for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Rebels’ 23-20 victory in 2008.
These top upsets in UNLV football history prove anything possible in opener at Arizona
UNLV football:
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The Rebels have an uphill climb in Friday’s season opener at Arizona. UNLV is a 24-point underdog at most sports books in town. It’s a big number, one that would make an outright victory a legitimate shock to most outsiders. But it’s not like the Rebels haven’t ...

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UNLV quarterback Blake Decker throws during practice Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
New quarterback takes the reins as Rebels prepare for 2014 season opener
UNLV Football:
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Blake Decker might not have known he would be UNLV’s starting quarterback when he transferred into the program this offseason, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to say he expected himself to be in this position entering Friday’s season opener at Arizona. “That was the hope ...

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UNLV players walking to dinner at the Bristlecone Convention Center in Ely following practice Tuesday evening.
To stay hot on the field, Rebels keep cool for training camp
Sunday, August 17, 2014
The UNLV football team is taking its yearly trip north to Ely for summer training camp. It costs a little more, but the benefits of being away from Las Vegas for 12 days are worth it ...

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Ely in the background of practice.
Longtime teammates lead defensive charge in UNLV scrimmage
Rebels football:
Saturday, August 16, 2014
They’ve played together, and played well together, for so long that it only made sense for Blake Richmond and Najee Johnson to continue playing alongside each other. “We both felt that it would be good for us to continue the high school and junior college chemistry we have together,” Johnson said at Saturday’s scrimmage at Broadbent Park. From Rodriguez High in Fairfield, Calif., to...

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