2012 Football Schedule Announced

March 2, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV football team will open its season with four consecutive home games for only the second time in history as the Mountain West released its complete 2012 schedule Friday.

Kickoff times and television information will not be released by the league until sometime during the coming weeks and please note that games are subject to change to non-Saturday dates because of television considerations.

The 13-game schedule, which will be played without a bye week, will see the Rebels open with four straight home dates for the first time since 1973 when they were a Division II school.

The 45th season of UNLV football kicks off on Thursday Aug. 30 with the first appearance in Las Vegas by the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers will be only the third Big Ten Conference team to ever play in Las Vegas, following a 2001 visit from Northwestern and five trips to Sam Boyd Stadium by Wisconsin, the last of which came in 2010. The only other time the Rebels opened their season on a Thursday in Las Vegas was Sept. 2, 1982, vs. BYU.

On Sept. 8, UNLV hosts Big Sky Conference member Northern Arizona for the first time since 1992. Overall, the two programs, which are located just 250 miles apart, have met seven times with the Rebels holding a 5-2 lead in the series. All but the most recent game took place during the 1970s.

After the Lumberjacks play here, Pac-12 Conference member Washington State returns last year's game by making its second-ever Las Vegas appearance and first since 1991 on Sept. 15.

The Rebels open Mountain West play the following Saturday by hosting Air Force on Sept. 22. The next week will mark a stretch of four away games in five weeks for the team, starting with a trip to Utah State on Sept. 29 for the first meeting with the Aggies since 2008. A week later, UNLV begins a home-and-home series vs. defending WAC champion Louisiana Tech in Ruston on Oct. 6. The Rebels and Bulldogs have met only twice before when UNLV swept a two-game series in 1993-94.

The 38th edition of the Battle for the Fremont Cannon will be waged when the Rebels host Nevada, Reno on Oct. 13. With the Wolf Pack joining the Mountain West in 2012, it will mark only the fifth time the two state rivals will meet as part of league play and first time since 1995 when both were members of the Big West Conference.

An Oct. 20 game at Boise State will be UNLV's first trip to play the Broncos since 1977. That will be followed by a game at San Diego State on Oct. 27 that will see the Rebels play the Aztecs before the month of November for the first time since 2005.

UNLV returns home to host New Mexico on Nov. 3, plays at Colorado State on Nov. 10 and closes out its home schedule with a visit from Wyoming on Nov. 17. The regular season closes on Nov. 24 with a trip to play another first-year Mountain West member, Hawai'i.

"I like the games we have scheduled at home but it does lead to playing on the road four out of five weeks," UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck said. "The middle of our schedule features a tough stretch against six straight opponents that played in bowl games last year but we're determined to work hard at making this a season our fans can enjoy and be proud of."

Rebel Football season tickets for the 2012 season are currently on sale by calling (702) 739-FANS. Prices in the South end zone are $115 and sideline locations are just $215. Some sideline locations require additional Rebel Athletic Fund (RAF) scholarship donations, however, all scholarship donation levels for priority seating remain the same from last season.

A limited number of Value Zone Season Tickets are available in the North end of Sam Boyd Stadium for just $90. There is also a special "4-for-3" season ticket offer in the Value Zone for new season ticket purchasers allowing a fan to purchase four Value Zone Season Tickets for the price of three ($270). This is a limited time offer, while supplies last.

Current season ticket holders will upgrade/add seats during the normal renewing process - beginning this month - and will have priority over new season ticket holders. Season ticket renewal forms are being sent to last year's season ticket holders next week and the deadline to renew 2012 football season tickets is May 18. Those renewing tickets from last year by the deadline will receive a special renewal discount.

Mini-plans and group sales will go on sale in early July with single-game tickets going on sale in late July. For more information on Rebel Football, visit www.unlvrebels.com.

(Dates are subject to change for TV considerations)

DATE OPPONENT SITE Aug. 30 MINNESOTA LAS VEGAS Sept. 8 NORTHERN ARIZONA LAS VEGAS Sept. 15 WASHINGTON STATE LAS VEGAS Sept. 22 AIR FORCE* LAS VEGAS Sept. 29 at Utah State Logan, UT Oct. 6 at Louisiana Tech Ruston, LA Oct. 13 NEVADA, RENO* LAS VEGAS Oct. 20 at Boise State* Boise, ID Oct. 27 at San Diego State* San Diego, CA Nov. 3 NEW MEXICO* LAS VEGAS Nov. 10 at Colorado State* Fort Collins, CO Nov. 17 WYOMING* LAS VEGAS Nov. 24 at Hawai'i* Honolulu, HI *Mountain West Game

UNLV SEASON TICKETS (CALL 702-739-FANS) END ZONE $115 (Payment plans are available) SIDELINE $215 (Payment plans are available) VALUE ZONE $90 (Limited availability)