The record books say UNLV went 0-13 during the 1984 season. Memories say otherwise.
Six years after UNLV jumped from Division II to Division I, they were one of the best college football programs in America. They went 11-2, won the Pacific Coast Athletic Association championship (currently the Big West) and beat Toledo in the California Bowl. Quarterback Randall Cunningham ranked third in the country with 26 passing touchdowns and eighth with 2,898 yards. All but two of their victories came by at least 13 points.
A year later, an NCAA investigation revealed that several Rebels were ineligible, leading them to forfeit all 13 games and eliminate the only season with double-digit victories in program history.
UNLV will honor that team during their season opener against Howard on Saturday, Sept. 2, with cool throwback helmets:
UNLV throwback helmet for home opener vs. Howard on 9/2. Similar to '84 Cunningham-era but no center stripe. Red lettering/mask are chrome. pic.twitter.com/VxA0D46IFq
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) August 22, 2017