UNLV wants to move up game with Gophers

  • Updated: February 8, 2012 - 11:39 PM

Nevada-Las Vegas has asked to move its season-opening game with Minnesota ahead by two days, a UNLV spokesman said Wednesday, and is waiting for an answer from the Gophers.

The game in Sam Boyd Stadium, the first ever between the Rebels and Gophers, is currently scheduled for Sept. 1, the first Saturday of the 2012 college football season. But that's the start of Labor Day weekend, UNLV director of media relations Mark Wallington said, and the school would prefer to avoid the busy weekend for its fans.

UNLV's athletic department has asked the Gophers for permission to play the game on Thursday, Aug. 30 instead, Wallington said, "and we're just waiting to hear back from Minnesota."

Moving the game could save Gopher fans some money, too, he pointed out, because Las Vegas fills up during long holiday weekends, so air fares and hotel rates will be considerably lower for a weekday game.

The Rebels have explored television possibilities for a Thursday game -- nonconference games are the property of the home team --but Wallington said their desire to move the game is not contingent of finding a carrier for the game.

If the game is moved, it would mark the second time in three seasons, and fifth time in a dozen years, that the Gophers have kicked off their season on a Thursday.

PHIL MILLER

Sophomore forward Amanda Kessel of the Gophers was named the WCHA's offensive player of the week.

She had eight points as the Gophers swept St. Cloud State 8-1 and 7-0 last weekend. She had two goals and four assists in the first game, one goal and one assist in the second.

Kessel is fourth in the WCHA in scoring this season with 24 goals and 34 assists for 58 points in 30 games.

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