We can see!
One thing we were eager to see Saturday night was the UA’s road white jerseys.
Not because we’re huge fashion fans or anything, but because in last week’s opener against NAU, it was incredibly hard to read the numbers of the players on their blue jerseys.
The numbers on the blues are red on top and then fade to blue and blend in with the jersey. Needless to say, binoculars were in frequent use trying to figure who was who.
Well, we’re happy to report it was much easier to read the numbers on the white jerseys. The blue-to-red fading numbers stand out much better on the whites. And get this: We were actually able to read the numerals.
The Wildcats wore blue pants and blue helmets with the white jerseys.
So, if you’re counting at home, we’ve yet to see any red threads from the Wildcats this season. Don’t be shocked if the Wildcats break out some red next week against UTSA. The Roadrunners have a lot of blue in their uniforms.
No Neal, no Bruno
At the beginning of the week, UA coach Rich Rodriguez said he expected to hear about the status of receiver DaVonte Neal by Thursday.
Thursday came and went with no decision from the NCAA on Neal. So did Friday.
As a result, Neal did not make the trip to Las Vegas. The UA still hasn’t heard if the Notre Dame transfer will be cleared to play this season.
Freshman defensive lineman Luca Bruno stayed home Saturday because of an NCAA clearinghouse issue. Rodriguez said earlier in the week he was doubtful Bruno would be cleared in time for the game. The NCAA continues to request more paperwork from Bruno and his family.
Tweet of the day
“After we win can you give me some swing tips?! #myothersport.” UA kicker Jake Smith (@iKick_) tweeting to former UA standout and current LPGA regular Natalie Gulbis @natalie_gulbis). Gulbis, a Las Vegas resident, attended Saturday’s game.
Anthem done right
UNLV football fans haven’t had a ton to cheer about in recent years.
Rebels fans can at least be proud of how the program starts a game.
In true Las Vegas fashion, the pregame ceremonies were a real show.
Terry Fator, winner of the second season of “America’s Got Talent,” sang the national anthem with an American flag taking up the entire field. (Quick side note on Fator: Wikipedia tells us Fator, a comedian and ventriloquist, has a net worth of $100 million. We obviously got into the wrong business.)
Back to the pregame show: After the anthem and field-length flag, three Red Bull parachutists flew onto the field.
There was still more to come.
A full fireworks show preceded UNLV’s entrance onto the field. The team ran through, of course, an inflatable helmet.
Well done, UNLV. Well done.
The big number
The UA ran four drives before Ka’Deem Carey made his first appearance of the 2013 season. The junior promptly took his first rush of the season 58 yards for a TD.
Faces in the crowd
Gulbis wasn’t the only familiar face at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday night.
Former UA players Ricky Hunley and David Wood stood on the sideline with Arizona donor Jeff Stevens, one of the benefactors behind the program’s new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility.