Game Preview: Idaho State at UNLV Football

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Photo credit: Alex Sanchez, Vegas Sports Today

Photo credit: Alex Sanchez, Vegas Sports Today

Saturday’s preview
UNLV (0-0) opens its 55th season of football by hosting Idaho State (0-0) from the Big Sky Conference on Saturday afternoon at Allegiant Stadium, the matchup marks the earliest game in school history by two days, beating matchups played on August 29 vs. Toledo in 2003, at Minnesota in 2013 and at Arizona in 2014 … Because the Raiders host the Patriots in a preseason game at Allegiant Stadium Friday night, UNLV and ISU will play on the NFL team’s natural grass field instead of the Rebels’ usual artificial turf field for the first time … The Rebels last competed on grass at Arizona State last September and will be on grass for a home game for the first time since former venue Sam Boyd Stadium featured the natural stuff from 1999-2002 … UNLV rarely plays on grass, with its last win coming in 2018 at San Diego State (0-3 since) … The Rebels bring in an all-time record of 3-6 in games played in the month of August, including winning their last such effort in 2019 over SUU … UNLV is 24-30 in its season lid-lifters, including 19-10 when they happen at home … The Rebels also opened 2021 at home vs. a Big Sky team, falling in double-overtime to Eastern Washington … UNLV is looking to earn a season-opening victory for the first time since downing Southern Utah in 2019 and for only the third time in the last 13 years (also defeated Jackson State in 2016) … Head Coach Marcus Arroyo’s program is coming off a season that saw it lose a school-record six one-score games (previous record was five in 2012) while facing three straight ranked teams for the first time in history and four overall, which was the most ranked opponents for the Rebels since taking on five in 2010. 

Rebels vs. Bengals Notes:
UNLV leads 6-2 in a series that dates back to Rebel Football’s second-year of existence as Bill Ireland’s squad got by ISU 35-31 in 1969 … The following season, UNLV traveled to Pocatello and played the first collegiate game staged in Holt Arena (then called the ISU Minidome) on Sept. 26, 1970 … All eight meetings between these schools have been won by the home team … UNLV is 29-12-1 all-time vs. teams that currently make up the league … UNLV head football equipment manager Quintin Kohorst was at ISU in the same position last season … New ISU DL Jameson Helu was a walk-on for the Rebels in 2021 … The  Bengals’ head coach from 2017-21 was Rob Phenicie who spent five years on the UNLV staff, including as offensive coordinator in 2010-11.

Press release courtesy of UNLV Football