The UNLV Rebels at Colorado State Rams football game has been canceled due to COVID-19, it was announced on Wednesday.
The two schools were scheduled to meet at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 21. The game was canceled due to “… positive COVID-19 tests and the resulting contact tracing within the UNLV football program.”
The Mountain West is declaring the matchup a no contest and there is no plan to reschedule the game.
“Based on four positive COVID-19 test results in our football program, the resulting contact tracing, and consulting with our medical and epidemiology experts, UNLV will not travel this weekend for its scheduled game at Colorado State and has informed the Mountain West and Colorado State,” UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said.
“Over the past six weeks, more than 2,600 tests have been administered to UNLV football student-athletes, coaches and staff with a positivity rate of less than 0.6 percent,” Reed-Francois continued. “Unfortunately, with a surge in cases in the Las Vegas community and despite the efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and staff to adhere to health and safety protocols, the decision to not play this weekend is in the best health and safety interests of all involved.”
UNLV is 0-4 so far this season. The Rebels are next scheduled to play on Friday, Nov. 27 at home against the Wyoming Cowboys. The game will be televised by FS1 at 4:00pm ET.
“We are very disappointed to not be playing CSU this weekend but understand the circumstances,” UNLV Football Head Coach Marcus Arroyo. “The health and safety of our players and staff remains our top priority and we are proud of the lengths everyone has gone through to play football in 2020. We look forward to playing again as soon as possible.”
Colorado State, 1-2 in 2020, are scheduled to return to the gridiron on Thursday, Nov. 26 when they travel to play the Air Force Falcons. The game is scheduled for 2:00pm ET and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.