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Rebels Fall to 0-3 Against Bulldogs

todayNovember 9, 2020 10

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The UNLV Rebels Football Team faced off against the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday afternoon inside Allegiant Stadium. Saturday marked the third game in the Marcus Arroyo era at UNLV and after 3 games, the Rebels still find themselves winless. UNLV was defeated by Fresno by a score of 40-27 which would improve the Bulldogs’s record to 2-1 while the Rebels fell to 0-3.

UNLV was able to keep it close most of the game up until the fourth quarter. The Rebels only trailed by 3 points at the half and went into the fourth quarter tied at 27. However, Fresno would outscore UNLV 13-0 in the final quarter to secure the win. Ronnie Rivers led the way for the Bulldogs carrying the ball 19 times for 133 yards and 3 touchdowns and also catching the ball 6 times for 99 yards and 1 touchdown. Max Gilliam led the Rebels in both passing and rushing passing the ball for 160 yards and 1 touchdown while rushing the ball 16 times for 139 yards and 1 touchdown. Freshman Kyle Williams led the Rebels in receiving with 5 catches for 52 yards.

Is this UNLV team getting any closer to winning a game this season? I would say yes but there’s still a lot of work to do. A lot of that work I believe needs to start in the fourth quarter of games. The Rebels have yet to register a single point in the fourth quarter in each of these first three games being outscored by a total of 30-0 in the final quarter of action. Another point of concern for UNLV has to be the questionable defense. This is now the third game in a row that UNLV has given up 34 or more points in a game. The reason this becomes notable is when you look at the offense for UNLV, it has yet to score 30 points in a game this season.

Now while there are some negative aspects of the game going on for UNLV right now, there are also some positive things that they have improved on over these first three games. A notable improvement is that UNLV has increased the amount of points they’ve scored in each game (6 vs SDSU, 19 vs UNR, and 27 vs Fresno State). The offense does seem to be coming along and getting in rhythm slowly but surely.

One key contributor to this is the fact that UNLV was able to establish against UNR who their leader at QB is in Max Gilliam. As noted earlier, it is the defensive side of the ball for UNLV that has seemingly gotten worse over the 3 games especially with how many points they’re giving up to opponents (34 to SDSU, 37 to UNR, 40 to Fresno). As the old saying goes, “Defense wins championships,” and in the Rebels’ case, an improved defense will go a long way in winning them at least 1 game this season.

The Rebels hit the road for their next game traveling to San Jose to take on the San Jose State Spartans. That game will take place on Saturday, November 14th at 7:30pm PST and can be seen on FS2.

By: Matt Raftery

Written by: Vanessa Mcconnell

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