UNLV gave No. 15 Southern California a fight for three quarters, but then the Trojans took over the fourth and beat the Rebels 43-21 on Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Mark Anderson has been at the Review-Journal since January 1999. He covered UNLV football for 17 seasons before moving to the men’s basketball beat in January 2016, and was president of the Football Writers Association of America in 2016. Anderson returned to the football beat in 2017 and still covers men’s basketball. Before coming to the R-J, he covered UNR football for five seasons at the Reno Gazette-Journal and was the high school sports reporter for the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat from 1988-94. He is a native of Tallahassee and a graduate of the University of Florida.
UNLV could be catching Southern California at a good time as both teams open their football seasons at 1 p.m. Saturday in Los Angeles. Even so, the 15th-ranked Trojans are 26-point favorites.
A breakdown of Saturday’s non-conference UNLV game at USC.
Bubba Bolden, who went to Bishop Gorman and won the starting job at strong safety for Southern California, will not play against UNLV on Saturday. Trojans coach Clay Helton would not elaborate.
UNLV appears to have an excellent chance to make a bowl this season. But the Rebels have some obstacles to clear to get there.
Marty Hennessy’s Inspiring Children Foundation has developed winning tennis players but emphasizes academics and personal growth. Rocco Mendez said the foundation changed his previously negative view of tennis.
Southern California named freshman JT Daniels its starting quarterback for Saturday’s season-opening football game against UNLV at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. UNLV has its own young promising quarterback in sophomore Armani Rogers, who hopes last season’s experience pays off.
UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois saw a lot of positives in her first year, with five conference championships coming from Olympic sports. But she knows most of the focus is on football and men’s basketball.
UNLV safety Dalton Baker does more than play with passion. It’s his attention to detail — the less glamorous but perhaps more important stuff — that elevated him to team captain as a senior.
UNLV has policies and protocols for offseason football conditioning and training camp designed to increase player safety. Maryland football player Jordan McNair died after offseason workouts due to heatstroke.
UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers grew up in Los Angeles, but he cheered for Texas against USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. He hopes to lead UNLV to what would be a shocking victory over the Trojans on Sept. 1.
UNLV junior defensive end Nick Dehdashtian will miss the football season because of a Lisfranc fracture on his left foot. He was expected to compete with senior Jameer Outsey for the starting spot.
UNLV will receive $1.15 million for its Sept. 1 football trip to Southern California. The Rebels must balance the importance of such high-payout games against the needs of moving the program forward.