UNLV Rebels




NCAA Division:

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)



Mountain West Conference (1999–present)


Past Conferences:

Independent (1968–1981),Pacific Coast Athletic Association (1982–1987), Big West Conference (1988–1995), Western Athletic Conference (1996–1998)


City: Las Vegas, Nevada


Stadium: Allegiant Stadium


Bowl Game Appearances: 4


Championships: 1

National Championships: None

Conference Titles: 1 (1994)

Divisional Championships: None

Team History

The University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels are a Division I FBS football team based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Founded in 1968, UNLV has an overall record of 243–362–4. Originally known as Nevada Southern University, the school spent their first ten seasons in Division II, eventually moving to Division 1-A in 1978 and joining its first conference, the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (later renamed the Big West Conference.)


In 1984, the Rebels team stats flourished thanks to future NFL superstar quarterback Randall Cunningham, going 11-2 on the season and culminating with a victory in the 1984 California Bowl, their first-ever appearance in a bowl game. However, due to the program having ineligible players active during the 1983 and 1984 seasons, all of their wins from those two seasons were later vacated by the NCAA, including the 30-13 win over Toledo in the aforementioned bowl game.


The program has encountered limited success during their history, with the only conference championship coming in 1994 as a member of the Big West, winning the crown with a 7-5 record. They earned a 52-24 win over Central Michigan in the Las Vegas Bowl, which was held in their old home, Sam Boyd Stadium, and took place ten years exactly to the day of their 1984 California Bowl win. UNLV has played in four bowl games overall with a 1-2-1 record. In 2020, the Rebels left Sam Boyd Stadium, moving to Allegiant Stadium, a state-of-the-art dome that was built for the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, who moved from Oakland that same year.


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⦁ All-Time Records (CFB)


Passing yards

⦁ Randall Cunningham: 8,290

⦁ Omar Clayton: 6,560

⦁ Jon Denton: 6,177

⦁ Sam King: 5,372

⦁ Jason Thomas: 4,997


Rushing yards

⦁ Charles Williams: 4,201

⦁ Tim Cornett: 3,733

⦁ Lexington Thomas: 3,555

⦁ Dominique Dorsey: 2,834

⦁ Kirk Jones: 2,681


Receiving yards

⦁ Ryan Wolfe: 3,495

⦁ Devonte Boyd: 3,242

⦁ Devante Davis: 2,785

⦁ Earvin Johnson: 2,604

⦁ Damon Williams: 2,558


1. What Was the Best Season in Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels Program History?

The best team in Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels program history has zero wins, according to NCAA records. The 1984 Rebels squad went 11-2 under head coach Harvey Hyde, with a perfect 7-0 conference record, winning the Pacific Coast Athletic Association title and beating the Toledo Rockets 30-14 in the California Bowl. However, the National Collegiate Athletic Association launched an investigation into the program and uncovered that ineligible players were on the 1983 and 1984 teams and forcing the school to vacate all of their victories during that time.


2. What Was the Worst Season in Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels Program History?

The 1998 Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels went winless over 11 games that season under head coach Jeff Horton. The Rebels were held to 18 points or fewer in nine of the 11 games played and yielded an average of 35.4 points per game. No player accounted for more than six touchdowns with Kicker Tim O’Reilly outscoring all but one teammate, running back James Wofford, that season.


3. Who Is the Greatest Player in Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels Program History?

Quarterback Randall Cunningham was, without question, the greatest player in Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels history. A dual-threat athlete, who also doubled as the team’s starting punter, Cunningham started three seasons for the Rebels from 1982 to 1984. He threw for 8,290 yards and 61 touchdowns, while also rushing for 223 yards and nine more touchdowns. As a punter, Cunningham averaged 45.2 yards per punt over 145 career punts. Cunningham was drafted 37th overall in the 1985 National Football League draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and played 16 seasons with the Eagles, the Minnesota Vikings, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Dallas Cowboys. He made four Pro Bowl teams and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.


4. How Many Bowl Games did Nevada-Las Vegas Make?

The Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels have made four bowl games in program history. Their 1984 California Bowl victory over Toledo was vacated due to NCAA violations, but they beat Central Michigan 52-24 in the Las Vegas Bowl exactly ten years to the day of their 1984 bowl victory (December 15th). Nevada-Las Vegas also beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 31-14 in the 2000 Las Vegas Bowl and lost to the North Texas Mean Green 36-14 in the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl.


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