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UNLV pushed aside during No. 4 TCU’s BCS war path, 48-6

Rebels fall to 1-7 under Hauck, while Horned Frogs help set up Mountain West’s biggest game in 2010

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UNLV defensive back Eric Tuiloma chases down TCU wide receiver Bart Johnson during their game Saturday, October 30, 2010. TCU won the game 48-6.

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UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck puts his hand on his head during the second half of their game against Saturday, October 30, 2010. Fourth-ranked TCU won the game 48-6. Launch slideshow »

UNLV vs. No. 4 TCU

No. 4 TCU stormed into Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday night and maintained its perfect 2010 season with a 48-6 victory over UNLV, who dropped to 1-7 under first-year coach Bobby Hauck.

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TCU POSTGAME: Horned Frogs handle yet another speed bump

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Ryan Greene and Case Keefer break down what there was to break down from No. 4 TCU's 48-6 romp over UNLV on Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium. How many wins to the Rebels have left this season? Does TCU take care of fellow unbeaten Utah next Saturday? The guys discuss that and much more.

For those UNLV football faithful looking for some silver lining following Saturday's 48-6 loss to No. 4 TCU, you can at least know that the worst of the 2010 schedule is now over.

With five games to go, it's safe to say that the Rebels will see nothing quite like what the Horned Frogs brought to town in what was essentially a warm-up for next weekend's season-defining game at No. 8 Utah.

"They were beating everybody in our league by (an average) score of about 40-2.5, so we knew going into the game that we'd have to have the ball bounce our way almost flawlessly to pull it off," UNLV first-year coach Bobby Hauck said. "And then that didn't happen.

"And that's probably because they didn't let it happen."

While the Utes' lead-in to next weekend's Mountain West Conference game of the year was a bit spottier, defeating Air Force on the road 28-23, TCU (9-0 overall, 5-0 Mountain West) made almost everything look easy.

Gary Patterson's club racked up 530 yards of total offense, with the only blemish on its final stat sheet being a pair of lost fumbles.

The effort was led by savvy senior quarterback Andy Dalton, who for the third consecutive year had his way with the UNLV defense. He completed 16 of 23 pass attempts for 252 yards and two lengthy second-half touchdown tosses. He also ran for 30 yards and another score.

The TCU defense allowed UNLV (1-7, 1-3) to put together one nice drive midway through the second quarter, which included five of the Rebels' 12 first downs on the night and a nifty 10-yard touchdown pass from Omar Clayton to Michael Johnson, completed between a pair of TCU defenders over the middle.

After plugging that minor leak, TCU cruised. The defense which entered Saturday's action ranked second out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision programs has now outscored its five MWC opponents by a combined score of 189-16.

"TCU has one of the best defenses in the nation. They don't give up much, and you have to accept the fact that a four-yard run is a good play," said Hauck, whose team ran for 69 yards on 24 carries. "We had some of those things going, but we were not able to sustain it."

Instead of the numbers being the most impressive part of the Horned Frogs' night, it may have been the fact that in what could have been a sloppy look-ahead performance, they hardly slipped at all.

"I wouldn't expect a team that's trying to win a national championship to overlook anybody," Clayton said. "I don't know how many teams win national championships or get ranked fourth doing things like that. They're a good team, and they came to play."

While TCU has plenty to look forward to, UNLV will have to simply try to soldier on and squeeze some lemonade out of a season that, on paper, has looked like quite the lemon.

Hauck said that he is still seeing signs that things are turning, and one continuing theme is that the Rebels have yet to throw in the towel toward the end of a blowout defeat, which has been the case at times in recent years.

He noted that he felt his team was plenty physical with TCU and did not back down. Agreeing with that sentiment outside of the visitor's locker room was Patterson, who also was irked by the touchdown drive that the Rebels strung together.

"We're becoming a physical football team," Hauck said. "TCU is a tough, hard-nosed team. They're coached that way. I would hope that they think that we're the same way. Coming out of the game, I thought we were better in terms of not being out-hit by a physical football team. That's where it starts.

"Despite the score tonight, we did some things right."

But moral victories for now, as it appears, will go largely unappreciated by the fan base. Many opted to stay home on a chilly, windy night. The announced paid attendance of 16,745, in reality, meant about half that many people in the stadium.

The Rebels will likely play in front of more fans next weekend down the road from where the epic TCU-Utah tussle will take place. They'll face struggling BYU (3-5, 2-2) in an 11 a.m. tilt in Provo, with the Cougars, coming off of a bye week, needing a win to keep its postseason hopes alive.

UNLV will enter that game just like it has the past several: Depth-challenged mostly due to injury, young and still learning on the fly.

"We'll never enter a season without our goal being to win the Mountain West championship, but, you know, you have to be a realist and have other goals as well," Hauck added. "So our goal is to win the game that week and play our best game of the year, and we need to try to do that."

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  1. Hauck, keep the fakes coming, I think we are 0-4.

  2. An incredibly hard season that can't get over fast enough. These guys are taking the proper steps and will be a force in 2 to 3 years. No way can they be competitive based on the power of the schedule, the injuries and the number of young players on the team. Not to mention a whole new coaching staff. Playing this schedule is a good way to measure what this team needs to do to improve, and they will!

    I am very disappointed with the horrible fan support. A year ago we were all excited about a new coach coming into this town and bringing a new, aggresive attitude to turn this thing around. And now we expected this team to turn on a dime and start winning. It can't happen with the difficulty of this schedule.

    The fans (Joke) have abandoned this program already. You have a major university with a D-1 program. These guys are working their tails off on the field! It would mean a lot to them to see more support in the stands! For me, I wanted to see the No. 4 team in the country, to learn what they are putting on the field, to see what a great team the Rebels will become eventually. But mostly, to show the Rebels that I give a damn about them!

  3. rebelheart, It was very troubling last night since from where I sit it looked like there were more purple shirts in the stands than red.

    People that blame the Stadium's location or parking or bad hair day obviously are looking for excuses to not support the team.

    The stadium is approx five miles from UNLV and is easily accessible from Tropicana, Russell or Boulder Hwy. The way people complain about the location one would think it is twenty miles away and only accessible via a pothole strewn dirt road.

    I am disappointed our season hasn't been better but UNLV is my team and always will be.

    Go Rebels!

  4. Students Boycotted because the Star Nursery field was limited to 50 cars and no alcohol allowed and couldnt walk in with alcohol. Underage drinking finally curbed and this is the result, hopefully families will want to return with the drunk masses gone

  5. @common. Are you serious? Students more concerned about alcohol than supporting their own team. Well, I guess along with the "Most Stupid City" in America, we have earned that title along with the University students now. By the way, where the hell are the alumni? In the 30 years since I graduated there have been over 200,000 alumni graduate with 70% supposedly staying in the Vegas area. UNBELIEVABLE!

  6. Don't worry Rebelheart.. A few years from now, when the team I'd winning 6-8 games a year all the fair-weather rebel fans will be back. It was the same with basketball after Kruger started turning that program around. People in Vegas think that sports teams are playing just to make the and feel good about wins. Most of them don't understand the concept of supporting a local team through the good and the bad. This is probably due to the fact that we have so many southern California transplants (ever been to a dodgers game? Hah!).

    Personally, I had fun at the game even though we got killed. It was nice to see the team stand up to TCU and do some positive things. The pass protection, for example, was MUCH improved, even against the huge D Linemen of the hornfrogs. The defense also had some good moments out there. If you take away the 2 bad interceptions and Lamers failing again to execute an open fake punt, it would have been a much better game.

  7. I have no doubt about the future of this team. We were on track to be the likes of Boise and TCU along time ago. The foundation was set during the Tony Knapp years, but then we went into a pathetic conference (PCAA) and then we had some unfortunate hires. Coach Robinson brought us back and brought the stadium much needed improvements (apparently not good enough for the flakes), then we stumbled again.

    I know I rail on the fan base in this town because I am fed up with it. The excuses, the boozing. Maybe you are right common. Lets do away with the drunks and form a base that starts with the families. Get the kids into the University and start all over from the fan perspective. UNLV has invested in a winning coach and UNLV wants to win in all sports. It has to to be a player in the MWC. I will be there to support it like I have for the past 30 years. I would just think the Alumni would be a little more interested in supporting the football team. I'm through with the locals in town. They are idiots. We need to work on the Alumni!!

  8. @pathetic. Thanks for showing your true self, a classic bandwagoner. How about we build you a plush new stadium as nice as those kushy casino's, we'll also drive up to your door and pick you up and carry you out to the limo, but first we will serve you up with a first class buffet. We will get to the game sometime during the first quarter, park your spoiled butt in a lazy boy custom fit for you on the 50 yard line. We will leave before the 4th quarter so you don't have to worry about the traffic and then tuck you into bed. Is that good enough for you? Does that sound like the kind of garbage we have been getting on these posts from Vegans? This is not pro sports we're talking about. This is a college football team that needs fans in the seats to help pay for improvements to the football program. This school has gone out and gotten the best man for the job! Someone that can come in and kick some ass and get things going. You truly are pathetic for your attitude. Even when we start winning again I doubt that would be good enough for you. People like you will always find fault, or an excuse to stay home.

  9. You have to take into effect it was a holiday weekend fellas. People out of town for the extended weekend, and Halloween in the party city of the world. That typically trumps a late football game where you know your team is going to get walloped.

  10. Darn! I forgot that excuse too. Thanks Faking! Keep 'em coming fellas!

  11. Just being a rational human being by using my sound judgment. I'm not in Las Vegas

  12. I went to every home game, and 2 away games for basketball last season. i even got extra tickets to bring friends along (i'm a student at UNLV). I'd go to the football games but i hate all the drunk people. Especially in the student section, i asked a girl in one of my classes why they get so drunk at the games. She said they only went to drink and socialize, not really to watch the game. The Game was just an excuse to go out drinking. These kind of people should be baseball fans. i'm glad to hear they are trying to curb the drunks. maybe i'll go again..

  13. @pathetic. Maybe you were the model that the researchers used to help determine that Las Vegas had the most stupidest people. Your response is very immature and unresponsive for this board. To say the University has neglected the football program is simply not true. John Robinson came in not to long ago and turned things around briefly, got us to a bowl game and got millions put into Sam Boyd, new press box, new field, etc. Unfortunately, he was too old to continue much longer than the first few years. We then hired what we thought was a good coach from Utah, Sanford. No one knew that he would turn out as bad as he did. He came from a great program and was their offensive coordinator. That is a problem with hiring coaches. You don't know what you are going to get. A great example is Coach Hawkins going from Boise State to Colorado. They have never won more than 3 games in 5 seasons.

    This school has been very active as they have hired a very experienced AD and a proven winner as a coach. It will get turned around. The problem now is recruits are coming into town. The local recruits also see what a pathetic following we have here. Don't you think that influences these young kids to help make up their minds? We are embarrasing this school by not showing up at the games. I really think that even when we start winning again we still won't have very many people showing up. And based on your response, pathetic, its no wonder. Your too stupid to appreciate college football!!

  14. I have to say, I am inspired and I am deeply impressed by the minority of supporters here on the board. You are one hundred percent correct we do need to go and support the players. Doing so makes all the difference win or lose. You have motivated me to pick up tickets for the last couple of home games. I WILL BE AT SAM BOYD CHEERING ON THE REBELS!!!

  15. Vegas has problems as a sports town. We can't even get people to Sam Boyd to watch a great team in a near NFL quality league that you can watch for $15. The Locos are winners RIGHT NOW and can't get 10k when other cities are getting 20k! I am not surprised people won't go watch the Rebels get blown out. But part of it is that they need to change the culture of Vegas' fans. The fights in the stands and parking lot are not an environment that good programs have. UNLV and Vegas in general has become the scourge of college and pro sports. We are ALWAYS at the bottom of any conference or pro league in fan support. When we do get fans, there are so many fights it isn't safe for kids. Hauck has a tough job. Just like the Locos, who are already a winning team, have a tough job. Vegas seems determined to prove we don't have pride in local teams' sports of any kind. It's very sad.

  16. No worries guys, basketball starts today. We have the #1 attendance on the west coast for basketball. Just not really a football town I suppose.

  17. Hopefully, with the change in the way alcohol has been distributed, we can get the families to go back to Sam Boyd. We have to make the games more family friendly. I have been to many away games and it is just a fun experience taking kids to these games because the communities come out with fun things for the kids. I wish we could play more afternoon games because that would make a big difference, especially with the boozers. My kid had a great time at the Colorado State game, not because of the game but because of the events going on in the parking lot outside the stadium. A jumpy house, giant kid slides, face painting, booths, and an area where you could stand and watch as the band marched into the stadium. We had our Rebel Red on but we were treated wonderfully. You can't get this kind of activity before a night game. I know it would be too hot in the beginning of the season but we really should have games in the afternoon during the last half of the season.