UNLV Rebels show off 'Turnover Slot Machine' following interception
August 28, 2022
The UNLV Rebels' linebacker Austin Ajiake got the game started against the Idaho State Bengals on Saturday by intercepting the ball and pulling the lever on their slot machine.
The Rebels first brought the $60,000 slot machine in a game against Utah State last fall, but the first clear look was on 2022 during the season-opening 52-21 win over the Bengals in Week 0.
The University of Miami started the trend when it debuted the Turnover Chain. Now, the "Turnover Slot Machine" is said to be the next contender in this trend.
Thanks to Miami, many teams started competing to celebrate forced turnover by using items like chainsaws, backpacks, chalices, belts, boxing robes, and even a turnover throne.
Steve Cofield of ESPN Las Vegas shared the video of the players playing the slot machine on Twitter.
"VIDEO - Back and forth!! Charles Williams rips off 75-yard TD run. Rebels lead 10-7," Cofield wrote. "Chuck goes to the slot machine and the cameraman gets swallowed up."
After a spin, the slot machine displayed the UNLV emblem and the number "702", which is the Las Vegas area code.
UNLV Rebels vs. Idaho State
The slot machine added an extra flair to the Rebels' victory over the Bengals at Allegiant Stadium.
Ajiake showed his skill and performed his first career interception. However, the Rebels failed to take advantage of the short field and had to settle for a 39 yards field goal from K Daniel Gutierrez.
As the Bengals fought on, QB Tyler Vander Waal connected with WR Jalen Johnson for a 55-yard touchdown.
Aidan Robbins added a score by receiving and running it in, bringing his total to three in this game.
In the second quarter, the Bengals only gained 22 total yards on 1.38 yards per play, no touchdowns, and one first down, because of the Rebel tight defense.
Quarterback Doug Brumfield went on a 35-0 run to give the Rebels a 45-7 edge heading into halftime.
Coach Marcus Arroyo was satisfied with Brumfield's performance in this game.
"He has done a nice job settling down, we are trying to make adjustments to see what their packages are and what they are doing," Arroyo said. "I think he had done a good job."
The Rebels' offense stagnated in the third quarter until quarterback Cameron Friel entered the game. The 14-yard touchdown pass from Friel to WR Zyell Griffin pushed the Rebels' advantage to 52-21.
The Rebels' 52 points are their highest points in a game since they defeated the Southern Utah Thunderbirds 56-23 in 2019. The Rebels' victory over the Bengals also marked their first victory in a season opener since 2019.
Bengals head coach Charlie Ragle did not look too upset over this loss. He compared his team with the Rebels, saying how the Rebels have more financial support, scholarships, better facilities, and many other things.
"I think they showed it in flashes over the course of the game, that we can compete in the Big Sky this season," Ragle said. "Now, what does that win total look like? I don't know yet. But I am very pleased with how these guys competed."
Sophomore wideout Xavier Guillory also shared his method of coping with a defeat.
"This is one of those times that we just have to watch the film," Guillory said, "Go back home, don't internalize it too much to where we can't take our minds off it."
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