1974 UNLV Rebels football
ConferenceIndependent
Record12–1
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorLarry Kennan (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorSteve Sidwell (1st season)
Captains
  • Scott Orr, DT
  • Mike Thomas, RB
  • Mike Whitemaine, DE
  • Terryl Thomas, OG [1]
Home stadiumLas Vegas Stadium
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 NCAA Division II independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Central Michigan ^     12 1 0
No. 6 UNLV ^     12 1 0
No. 4 Delaware ^     12 2 0
No. 8 Western Carolina ^     9 2 0
No. 9 Tennessee State     8 2 0
No. 12 Youngstown State ^     8 2 0
Santa Clara     7 3 0
Wayne State (MI)     7 3 0
Northeastern     6 4 0
Central State (OH)     6 5 0
Akron     5 5 0
Indiana State     5 5 0
Nevada     5 6 0
Portland State     5 6 0
American International     4 5 0
Eastern Michigan     4 6 1
Milwaukee     4 6 0
Northeast Louisiana     4 6 0
Eastern Illinois     3 6 1
Arkansas–Pine Bluff     3 5 0
Chattanooga     4 7 0
Nebraska–Omaha     3 7 0
Bucknell     2 8 0
Northern Michigan     0 10 0
  • ^ – NCAA Division II playoff participant
Rankings from Associated Press poll

The 1974 UNLV Rebels football team was an American football team that represented the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an independent during the 1974 NCAA Division II football season. In their second year under head coach Ron Meyer, the Rebels won all eleven games in the regular season and were invited to the eight-team Division II playoffs. They advanced to the semifinals (Grantland Rice Bowl),[2][3] and ended the year with a 12–1 record.[4]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 14at Weber StateW 28–1011,013
September 21at Northern ArizonaNo. 10
W 31–14  7,800
September 28MontanaNo. 7W 20–1711,524[1]
October 5Santa ClaraNo. 8
  • Las Vegas Stadium
  • Whitney, NV
W 51–1911,112
October 12Prairie View A&MNo. 6
  • Las Vegas Stadium
  • Whitney, NV
W 63–28  8,915
October 19No. 4 Boise StateNo. 5
  • Las Vegas Stadium
  • Whitney, NV
W 37–3518,631[5]
October 26HawaiiNo. 3
  • Las Vegas Stadium
  • Whitney, NV
W 33–815,418
November 2New Mexico HighlandsNo. 2
  • Las Vegas Stadium
  • Whitney, NV
W 52–14  5,587
November 9South Dakota StateNo. 2
  • Las Vegas Stadium
  • Whitney, NV
W 24–21  9,672
November 16NevadadaggerNo. 2
  • Las Vegas Stadium
  • Whitney, NV (rivalry)
W 28–717,119–17,200[6]
November 23Idaho StateNo. 2
  • Las Vegas Stadium
  • Whitney, NV
W 31–78,654
November 30No. 12 Alcorn StateNo. 2
W 35–2212,689[2]
December 7vs. No. 3 DelawareNo. 2
L 11–4910,000[3][7]
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[8]

NFL Draft

Running back Mike Thomas was selected in the fifth round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, and was the NFC Rookie of the Year in 1975.

References

  1. ^ a b "Game program: UNLV and the University of Montana". University of Nevada, Las Vegas. University Libraries. September 28, 1974. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Las Vegas romps". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. December 1, 1974. p. 82.
  3. ^ a b "Delaware destroys Las Vegas". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. December 8, 1974. p. 85.
  4. ^ "UNLV 2020 Football Guide" (PDF). University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 2020. p. 129. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "Las Vegas nips Boise". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. October 20, 1974. p. 14.
  6. ^ "Final 1974 Cumulative Football Statistics Report". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  7. ^ Finocchiaro, Ray (December 9, 1974). "Capt. Clark Steers Hens to NCAA Finals". Evening Journal. Wilmington, Del. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Final 1974 Cumulative Football Statistics Report". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved December 22, 2022.