SAN DIEGO (AP) -- John Robinson finished a storied 27-season
career as a college and professional coach with a loss Saturday
night as UNLV fell to San Diego State 21-13.
Robinson's team finished the season with five straight losses
and a 2-9 record overall.
The 69-year-old coach announced his retirement on Sept. 26
citing family and health issues.
"That's it for us and that's it for me, I've had a great
time." said Robinson. "I'm hopeful the new coach will have a good
run, I'll be his chauffer or anything he needs to help him."
During his six-year tenure at UNLV, the Rebels went 28-42 with
one bowl victory, a 31-14 upset of Arkansas in the 2000 Las Vegas
In Robinson's 12 years during two stints coaching USC, Robinson
posted a 104-35-4 record, winning the national championship in
1978, just three years after taking over for his mentor John McKay.
"I thought he was the smartest man who ever lived," Robinson
said of McKay. "He was the guy I tried to pattern myself after."
Robinson was 7-1 in bowl games with the Trojans, 4-0 in the Rose
Bowl. He coached two Heisman trophy winners, Charles White and
Robinson was coach of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams from 1983 to
1991, compiling a 79-74 record and making the NFC title game twice.
The coach spoke only briefly outside the UNLV locker room and
took no questions.
"There's no real need for questions," he said. "I don't think
there is anything entertaining any of you might ask. Any of you
have an entertaining question? I've known most of you, and you
UNLV scored first with a 27-yard field goal by Sergio Aguayo
early in the second quarter, but that would be all the points the
Rebels would manage.
San Diego State's Antwan Applewhite returned a fumble by UNLV
quarterback Shane Steichen 36 yards for a touchdown and Blake Lobel
intercepted a Steichen pass and returned it 14 yards for a
touchdown, both in the second quarter.
Twice in the first half, the San Diego State defense held the
Rebels out of the end zone on first-and-goal situations at the
The Aztecs (4-7, 2-5 Mountain West Conference) limited the
Mountain West's leading rusher Dominique Dorsey to just 46 yards on
20 carries. Dorsey had averaged 121.5 yards per game coming into
Aztec quarterback Kevin OConnell, who was 16-for-25 for 175
yards, connected with Robert Ortiz for a 32-yard touchdown pass
midway through the third quarter for the final score of the game.