For a UNLV team that’s lost five of its seven games by an average of 35 points, beating undefeated Boise State while at full strength would’ve been a monumental task.
At less than full strength? Well, you do the math.
In a press release, the Rebels announced that five players, including two starters, have been suspended for the game with the Broncos Saturday. Those hit with one-game suspensions — “as a matter of team discipline” the release states — are freshman defensive back Peni Vea, freshman wide receiver Devante Davis, junior linebacker Princeton Jackson, sophomore running back Tim Cornett and sophomore linebacker Tani Maka.
“Due to a violation of team rules and code of conduct, these young men will be suspended for Saturday’s game vs. Boise State,’ head coach Bobby Hauck said in a statement.
Maka and Cornett are starters; the former is tied for the team lead in tackles and is tops with two interceptions, while the latter second on the team in rushing with 367 yards and first in rushing touchdowns with four. He’s also third in receptions with nine.