UNLV lost its 14th consecutive game — the second-longest losing streak in program history — and stunk up Mackay Stadium in bowing down to intrastate rival UNR.
UNLV hasn’t won a football game since Nov. 30, 2019, when it defeated rival UNR in the regular-season finale. That makes 699 days as of Friday, when the Rebels return to Reno to play their rival once again.
Charles Williams could break UNLV’s rushing record Friday against UNR at Mackay Stadium in Reno.
Friel played the most complete game of his true freshman season Thursday in a 27-20 loss to San Jose State, flashing the kind of growth and progression that Arroyo didn’t necessarily anticipate when the season began.
UNLV point guard Keshon Gilbert is the only freshman on a roster flush with juniors and seniors and is earning respect with his competitive nature.
For the fifth time this season, UNLV had an opportunity to tie or win a game in the fourth quarter or overtime and couldn’t capitalize, dropping to 0-7 this season.
The Rebels on Wednesday were picked to finish seventh in the Mountain West annual preseason poll. Top returnee Bryce Hamilton was a preseason first-team All-MW selection.
The Rebels have utilized multiple quarterbacks in all six of their games this season, with injuries disrupting their rhythm before they’re able to find it.
Senior Charles Williams rushed for a career-high 221 yards and three touchdowns, but UNLV gave up a late TD and fell to Utah State to remain winless under Marcus Arroyo.
Steve Stallworth, who played quarterback for UNLV in the 1980s, wants to form a club to provide networking and guidance for former Rebels players.
The Rebels return Saturday after a one-week hiatus, and will search for their first win under Arroyo against Utah State and Allegiant Stadium.
The open practice doubled as a fundraiser for UNLV legend Robert Smith, who suffered a devastating stroke in 2019 and continues to work toward recovery.
The Lady Rebels were picked to finish third in the conference by a panel comprised of the league’s media, after finishing second in 2020-21 under coach Lindy La Rocque.