The Houston Cougars and the UNLV Rebels have added a game against each other to their 2014 football schedule.
Houston will host UNLV at the brand new Houston Football Stadium on Sept. 20, 2014. In turn, Houston’s Sept. 27, 2014 game vs. Tennessee Tech has been moved to Sept. 5, 2015.
Houston and UNLV have met twice previously in a home-and-home series. The Cougars won both games, 69-0 in Las Vegas in 1989 and 37-9 in Houston in 1990.
The move helps Houston’s strength of schedule because they had two FCS opponents on the slate. The Cougars are also scheduled to host Grambling State on Sept. 6.
“We are grateful this opportunity presents itself now as it was not available two months ago when we originally announced our schedule. Adding a third FBS opponent was a priority for our program as it relates to the strength of schedule component of the new College Football Playoff,” said Houston Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades. “We’d like to thank Tennessee Tech Director of Athletics Mark Wilson and UNLV Director of Athletics Tina Kunzer-Murphy for their help in completing this late rearrangement.”
UNLV was able to add the Houston game to their schedule due to the Hawaii Exemption. That rules states that any team that plays at Hawaii during the regular-season may schedule an additional game to help offset travel costs. UNLV visits Hawaii on Nov. 22, 2014.
The Rebels, which are ineligible for a bowl in 2014 due to their APR score, will receive a $400,000 guarantee for the game.
“We saw nothing but positives in adding a trip to Houston to the schedule,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Tina Kunzer-Murphy. “Taking the team to play in a high-profile city and their brand-new stadium, while also helping our budget, is something that was certainly appealing. We are also excited to travel to an area of the country where a good number of our players call home. I want to thank University of Houston athletics director Mack Rhoades and his staff for their work in making this happen and we are looking forward to a great game.”
2014 Football Schedules