BYU wide receiver Mitch Mathews (10) gets tackled by UNLV defensive back Mike Horsey (32) during an NCAA football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. IAN MAULE, Daily Herald

1. UNLV played as an independent from 1968-1977 (Division II) and from 1978-1981 (Division I).

2. The Rebels play in-state rival Nevada every season for possession of the Fremont Cannon.

3. A new domed stadium in Las Vegas is expected to be completed in 2020.

4. The last bowl game for UNLV was the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl, a 36-14 loss to North Texas.

5. Famous alumni include former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, television personality Guy Fieri, former Sacramento Kings owner George J, Maloof, Jr., former NBA star Larry Johnson, ESPN host Kenny Mayne, TV late night host Jimmy Kimmel and political commentator Tomi Lahren.

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Darnell Dickson, who has been covering sports in Utah since 1989 (with a detour to Nebraska for three years somewhere in there), is currently the BYU football columnist and BYU men’s basketball beat writer.

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