Sat 10/9/10 3:30 PM
LSU L 14-20
TV: Big East Network
Nevada L 26-44
Series: First Meeting
First Meeting: 2010
Last Meeting: ----
AT THE HELM
West Virginia has started a different quarterback in its first game in each of the past three seasons, and that turnover has probably contributed a bit to the Mountaineers' decline in scoring. However, WVU hasn't faced anywhere near the turnover that UNLV has gone through.
From 2005-02, the Rebels have started six different players at the position. Current incumbent Omar Clayton is an invited walk-on, and when he took the job in 2008, he was the fifth different opening game starter over the past five years.
This year, Mike Clausen was the opening day QB, but he has since ceded the position to Clayton and moved to safety.
In his career, Noel Devine has 12 runs of 50 yards or more, 26 runs of 30 yards or more, and 32 runs of 25 yards or more. However, just two of those ( a 50-yarder against Maryland and a 39-yarder against Coastal Carolina) have come this season.
WEEKLY TURNOVER STAT
There's almost always something in these notes related to turnovers, but it's not an editorial mandate. Turnovers are important, and relate to so many other statistics (as well as wins and losses) that the nuggets which turn up are often to good to leave out.
This week, it's the fact that UNLV, despite a +4 turnover margin (good for 15th in the nation), has just one win on the season. Guess there are only so many sins that a positive takeaway figure can make up for. That stat is the only one in the country in which UNLV owns a top 20 rating.
All five of UNLV's 2010 foes have scored first in their contests. Even lowly New Mexico, a 45-10 loser to the Rebels, got on the board first with a 48-yard scoring strike.
Even with those early deficits, UNLV has manage to keep pace through the first quarter, showing just a ten-point deficit in the opening 15 minutes of each game. However, the Rebels fall apart in the midsection of games, and have been outscored by a combined 103-52 in the second and third quarters.
With a good day, Devine could move into fourth place on the Big East career rushing yardage list. He is currently sixth with 3,772 yards, which puts him 135 yards behind number five Amos Zereoue (3,907) and 151 in arrears of Steve Slaton (3,923).
In addition to safety Mike Clausen, who began the season as a quarterback, another pair of Rebels has pulled double duty in 2010. Deante' Purvis, a two-time letterwinner at cornerback, saw his first action as a running back against New Mexico, running the ball four times for 12 yards, while sophomore defensive end Beau Brence made his debut as a fullback against Nevada.
With an injury list longer than , it won't be a surprise to see more Rebels filling in at different spots this week. UNLV has already gone deep into its newcomers, with no fewer than 13 true freshman already playing in at least one game this year.
This has absolutely nothing to do with how the game will play out, but UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck has a couple of great place names in his background. He was born in Big Timber, Mont., and his first coaching job was as an assistant coach at Sweet Grass High School. You gotta love that.