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FSM Essential Recap – UNLV Rebels vs Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors- Week 6 -2023


UNLV took on Hawai’i in The Ninth Island Showdown and dominated the Rainbow Warrions en route to a 44-20 victory on Saturday afternoon.

UNLV Football took on the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday!

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UNLV welcomed the University of Hawai’i to Allegiant Stadium on Saturday afternoon for The Ninth Island Showdown. The winner of the showdown would claim the Golden Pineapple, sponsored by the California Hotel and Casino. 

The home team in the series had won 12 out of 14 matchups. On Saturday, the Rebels, once again led by a strong ground attack, dominated the Rainbow Warriors en route to a 44-20 win. It is the first time in school history that UNLV scored 40 points for three consecutive games.

UNLV improved to 15–27 in conference openers and now has won two straight. They have also won seven of their last nine home games, and the Rebels have now started 4-1 for the second consecutive season. 

Barry Odom became the first UNLV head coach to win his first three home games since Wayne Nunnely in 1986. He did so in front of 25,328 fans, mostly UNLV fans, who attended the game on Saturday afternoon. 

UNLV beat Hawai’i on Saturday

UNLV dominated on the ground and on defense to pave the way to victory over Hawai’i.

UNLV Rebels vs Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors saw a dominant performance by the Rebels on Saturday.

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The Rebels started the scoring when Jayden Maiava connected with Vincent Davis for a 16-yard touchdown to give the Rebels a 7–0 lead after the extra point was made. Jose Pizano kicked a 52-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10–0 UNLV.

Hawai’i cut the lead to seven after they made a 33-yard field goal. Pizano came right back and kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 13-3 UNLV. With 45 seconds left in the first half, senior running back Courtney Reese scored from 4 yards out, and after the extra point, UNLV held a 20–3 lead going into the half.

Hawai’i started the scoring in the third quarter when Braden Schager hit Steven McBride for a 51-yard touchdown to make it 20–10 UNLV. But the Rebels answered right back, and it was once again Reese scoring a touchdown, this time from 21 yards out to once again extend the Rebels lead (27-10). Shipley kicked a 34-yard field goal, and Hawai’i cut the lead to 27-13.

In the 4th quarter, Pizano again made a field goal, this time from 48 yards out, to give the Rebels a 30-13 lead. Less than two minutes later, Schager hit Alex Perry for a 38-yard touchdown to make a 30–20 UNLV. 

But Jayden Maiava and the Rebels marched down the field, and the red-shirt freshman quarterback hit Jacob De Jesus for a 3-yard touchdown to make a 37-20 UNLV. The final rebel score came when Donovan Lester broke tackles and rumbled in the end zone from 22 yards out to make it 44-20 UNLV.

UNLV was led by running back Donovan Lester in their win vs Hawai’i.

This was a big win for the Rebels. Not only did they beat a rival and bring hime the Golden Pineapple, they improved to 4-1 overall on the season.

UNLV took on Hawai’i at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday

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The UNLV running game was unstoppable, racking up 307 yards compared to just 46 from Hawai’i. Six different UNLV runners finished with more than 30 yards, led by Donavyn Lester, who had 98 yards on 12 carries. Courtney Reese came off the bench to score a pair of touchdowns and run for 32 yards. 

Maiava completed just 11 passes, but two then went for touchdowns. He threw for 142 yards. Safety Jonathan Baldwin finished the day with nine tackles, including two for loss. 

But for UNLV, this win meant more than just kicking off conference play with a W. 

This game was not only important to our team and to our university, but also to Las Vegas. With conference play starting, the ability to continue the momentum we have built so far in our program, the importance of every single conference game, that’s so huge for where we are trying to get to,Coach Odom said. “This is the first time we have scored 40 points in three straight games, that’s tremendous. We had a great offensive performance. We had six sacks and didn’t give up any on the other side. That’s complimentary football. When we can do that and play well in all three phases together, we’ve got an opportunity to continue to play winning ball … I’m proud of this team for what we’ve done now through five weeks.

UNLV, now 4-1 on the season, has a bye this week before heading up to Reno to take on rival UNR in the battle for the Fremont Cannon on October 14th.

The final score from Allegiant Stadium was 44-20, UNLV over Hawai’i.

The Rebels will return to action on Saturday October 14th when they travel to Reno to take on UNR. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.


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