45-10. UNLV was beat down in the battle for the Fremont Cannon, as Nevada came into Vegas on Saturday and dominated the Rebels from start to finish. Even with the win, Nevada ranks 122nd out of 128 teams by Football Study Hall’s S&P+ rankings.
The Wolf Pack are one of the 10 worst teams in the country and they crushed UNLV in Vegas.
The loss gives year two under Tony Sanchez a horrible after taste going into the offseason. A win over Nevada would have kept the cannon red for two straight years and kept excitement high in the offseason.
Wolf Pack senior offensive linemen Jeremy Macauley and Jake Henry roll the cannon to midfield to start the celebration. pic.twitter.com/yq4INITh3R
— Chris Murray (@MurrayRGJ) November 27, 2016
Now the pressure might fall on Tony Sanchez to produce wins in year three. Two teams that beat UNLV, Nevada and San Jose State, fired head coaches this weekend. A regression in wins, which is possible given UNLV’s defensive attrition, could lead Sanchez to a hot seat.
The wild card will be UNLV’s new athletic director. Tina Kunzer-Murphy will be leaving the position at the end of June. Whoever takes over the job may grant Sanchez the deserved patience to continue building this program. But a new AD may tire of former high school coach not winning enough and want to make a mark on UNLV with a new coach. Sanchez’s contract runs through the end of the 2018 season.