UNLV Rebels

UNLV Rebels

About UNLV Rebels

The UNLV Rebels football program was established in 1968 and represents the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Their main rivals are the Nevada Wolf Pack, with the rivalry dating back to 1969. In 1970, the Fremont Cannon was introduced to the rivalry and awarded to the winner of the series each year. It is currently the most expensive trophy in college football.

In the 1984 season, the team won their first ever Conference Championship in the Big West Conference and went on to compete in their first bowl game at the California Bowl, where they beat Toledo. Unfortunately, it later emerged that several of the players who competed for UNLV over the course of the season were ineligible. As a result, the team had to forfeit their entire regular season, vacating their Conference Title in the process. In addition, despite none of the ineligible players competing in the game, UNLV were also forced to forfeit their California Bowl victory.

Having had their previous win taken away retrospectively, the Rebels finally won their first Conference Championship in the 1994 season. In the aftermath, UNLV went on to beat Central Michigan in the Las Vegas Bowl. Altogether, the team have appeared in three bowl games and have been victorious in all three, albeit with their first bowl win being forfeited at a later date.

The team have retired one jersey number, the number 12, which belonged to quarterback Randall Cunningham during the early 1980s. Cunningham still holds several of the Rebels' passing records. Other notable alumni include Glenn Carano, Mike Thomas and Ickey Woods. Furthermore, Death Row Records founder, Suge Knight, also came through the program.

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