Rebels Host Lobos
The UNLV football team goes for its first win of the 2010 season Saturday night at home against winless New Mexico. In addition to seeking their first victory of 2010, the Rebels are also looking to dent the win column for the first time under new head coach Bobby Hauck. After opening the season with blowout losses to ranked opponents Wisconsin and Utah, and at Idaho last weekend, UNLV is favored for the first time this year against the struggling Lobos. Both teams are 0-3 and 0-1 in Mountain West play, with New Mexico getting blown out by Utah, Texas Tech and Oregon it its first three contests. The Rebels have been unable to generate any consistent offense in their first three games, particularly in the running game. Mike Clausen, who started at quarterback in the season opener, has since moved to safety. Omar Clayton, who has taken over the starting QB job, has struggled the last two weeks, and was replaced by redshirt freshman Caleb Herring in the loss to Idaho last week. The Rebel defense has struggled to stop the run, but has improved in the last two games after allowing 278 rushing yards to Wisconsin in the opener. UNLV won last year’s meeting with New Mexico in
Albuquerque, 34-17, with Clayton throwing two touchdown passes. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is 7 p.m., and UNLV is a 10.5-point favorite at the Las Vegas Hilton.