In the first overtime frame, Nevada was forced to settle for a field goal to go up 30-27. UNLV, an underdog on the road in this one, scored on a touchdown throw from Kenyon Oblad to Steve Jenkins.
The Rebels rush the field to celebrate, and as he leaves the end zone, Oblad is blindsided by Nevada’s Austin Arnold. It is unclear if any words were exchanged, but it definitely looked like a cheap shot in the video below, which contains some profane language.
Best video I’ve seen of the fight. Appears Nevada’s Austin Arnold threw the first punch (a punch from behind on UNLV’s quarterback). Kenyon Obland might have said something to spark it, but that punch led to the brawl.
— Chris Murray (@MurrayNSN) December 1, 2019
From there, all hell breaks loose.
Among the highlights, or lowlights if you’re the Mountain West Conference or representatives from these schools:
-UNLV’s Noah Bean throwing a Nevada player into the wall behind the end zone.
-Someone in the stands, presumably a Nevada fan, ripping a UNLV player’s helmet off. We’re very lucky we didn’t get a Myles Garrett/Malice in the Palace mash-up after that.
-UNLV players dancing and taunting the screaming Nevada fans as the brawl starts to get broken up.
It was a really ugly scene, and one has to imagine that the Mountain West will take some serious action after combing through videos of the fight. According to a release by the two athletic departments, Nevada police are also reviewing the footage.
Yikes, ugly stuff at the end of Nevada-UNLV.
In a joint statement from both ADs, they’re reviewing video and working with the Mountain West and the Nevada school police, noting actions on the field and in the stands. https://t.co/kyY81o8hPM
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) December 1, 2019
At 7-5, Nevada is likely heading to a bowl game, but you’d have to imagine that a number of members of the Wolf Pack will be suspended after this.
The Rebels are 4-8 after the win. This game should’ve served as a nice send-off for Tony Sanchez, who was fired ahead of the game but chose to coach out the string. Any suspensions for UNLV players would have to take effect next season.