UNLV stayed close for about 15 minutes before things like forgettable shot selection and not being able to guard anyone and never getting to the rim painted an inevitable fate.
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T.J. Otzelberger’s second season at UNLV begins Wednesday when the Rebels host Montana State in what will be a fanless Thomas & Mack Center because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Las Vegas is now 6-4 a season removed from being, well, 6-4 after 10 games.
The only thing keeping the defense from an “F” was the interception from cornerback Trayvon Mullen near the end of the first half.
Significant regular-season games and the Raiders have gone together the past two decades about as well as chili cheese dogs and red wine.
— The Rebels won’t play at Colorado State on Saturday while the Raiders placed seven more defensive players on the COVID-19 list.
The Raiders are rolling despite COVID-19 issues and mounting injuries, and their head coach deserves a massive amount of credit.
Raiders defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and his daughter, La Strega chef Gina Marinelli, on the similar qualities needed for success on the field and in the kitchen.
Mark Davis is excited about his team’s 5-3 record but knows well how fast things can change over 16 games.
Talking is a must in the middle of a defense, and Las Vegas wants even more of it from free-agent signing Nick Kwiatkoski.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden might have erred on the side of illogical Sunday, but his faith in a struggling defense paid off in a 31-26 win.
In a year when the NFL has added an extra wild-card spot, Las Vegas should compete for a playoff berth.
The NFL reportedly fined the Raiders and head coach Jon Gruden a total of $650,000 while stripping them of a draft pick for repeated COVID-19 violations.