Game #12 UNLV (3-8) vs RENO (7-4)
Well the big news this week was that Coach Sanchez has been relieved of his duties as head coach but will stay on for the Rivalry game. I think most will always have a special place for Coach Sanchez for what he did to move the program in the right direction off the field. Academically the team is reaching new heights and it cannot be understated how important he was in getting the long overdue Fertitta Football complex to become a reality. Now onto the biggest game of the year.
UNLV is entering this week coming off a thrilling 38-35 win over SJSU. The defense created 5 Turnovers and the offense capitalized on those opportunities to secure the win. Kenyon Oblad had one of his best performances as a Rebel (21/36, 203 2 TD’s & 1 INT) in the win. Randal Grimes (6 rec 130, 1 TD) and Charles Williams (27 carries 186 3TD ) both had their best days as Rebels as well. On defense Jericho Flowers, Rayshad Jackson and Javin White led the way. The Rebels need to take this momentum, accompanied by the news of their coach’s future and use as fuel to send this season out on a high note and keep the cannon red.
Reno enters the game on a 3 game win streak. This is a team that looks to have figured things out a bit. After being in an out of the lineup Carson Strong (173/271 1582 9 TD/ 7 INT has taken hold of the QB spot and like Oblad is getting more comfortable with every game/rep. On the ground the Wolfpack is led by Toa Taua (175 carries 716 6 TD). Much like the Rebels on defense Reno is surrendering over 30 ppg.
Like most years you can throw out records when it comes to this game. UNR is looking to regain the cannon and solidify their bowl status as they chase an 8th win. UNLV is looking to end the season on a high note after earlier goals set in the season could not be met. As in most rivalry games I expect to see trick plays and usually a player no one expected to step up and make a momentum grabbing play. Reno is debuting an all-Black look for this year’s installment of the rivalry. Curious if UNLV has anything planned or if the focus will be solely on sending the seniors and Coach Sanchez out the right way.