Soph linebacker Banks Floodman, who tore the ACL in his right knee in the season opener at Iowa State, didn't make the trip. KU coach Mark Mangino revealed after the game that Floodman is out for the season.
Nine true freshman were on the charter flight wide receivers Charles Gordon and Mark Simmons, linebackers Nick Reid, Brandon Watkins and Kevin Kane, running back Jon Cornish, offensive linemen Bob Whitaker and Travis Dambach and defensive end Kyle Knighton. Cornish and Kane made their season debuts, Cornish returning kickoffs and Kane helping fill in for Floodman.
As promised, Mangino took the Jayhawks on a tour of the famed Las Vegas Strip. On the way from the airport to the team hotel on Friday evening, the buses detoured and cruised down the Strip.
Red-shirt freshman Clark Green opened at running back. Reggie Duncan, who started the opener, didn't play. Green rushed 18 times for a career-best 69 yards.
Sophomore Leo Bookman, the Big 12 Conference sprint champion who is listed as a defensive back, was used as a wide receiver for the first time since coming to KU.
KU's Johnny Beck was wide right on a 32-yard field goal attempt late in the first quarter, but drilled a 30-yarder 18 seconds before halftime and a 27-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. Incidentally, Beck, a defensive back at Kansas City Piper, made his debut on the kickoff return team as well.
Linebacker Greg Cole blocked a 26-yard field goal attempt by UNLV's Dillon Pieffer with 6:21 remaining in the third quarter and the Rebels leading 17-10.
Curtis Ansel boomed an 82-yard punt the third longest in school history out of the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Ansel averaged 44.6 yards on nine punts.
Adrian Jones' 18-yard reception in the waning moments was the first by a KU tight end this season. Marcellus Jones, a senior wide receiver, had seven receptions for 73 yards, both career highs.
Neither team committed a turnover. UNLV was credited with six sacks and Kansas none. The Rebels were penalized 11 times for 93 yards. Four of the flags were for pass interference.
Free safety Johnny McCoy led game tacklers with 13 stops. Cole had 10, including two for losses.
Sam Boyd Stadium, constructed seven miles west of the UNLV campus in 1970, isn't a popular place for students. Only about 800 of the school's 24,000 students bought season tickets.
Saturday night's crowd of 25,109 included about 3,000 Kansas fans. Last Saturday, an estimated 18,000 Wisconsin fans helped the Rebels set a school attendance record of 42,075. The stadium capacity is listed as 37,500.
UNLV paid Kansas a $150,000 guarantee the same amount the Rebels will receive for playing in Lawrence next season.
All seven game officials were supplied by the Big 12 Conference. Jon Bible of Austin, Texas, was the referee. Umpire Wes White was knocked down twice during UNLV running plays, but was able to continue each time Kickoff temperature was 84 degrees under cloudy skies with a 10 mph wind out of the southeast.