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Heart of Dallas Bowl loss doesn't tarnish UNLV's 2013 season

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UNLV wide receiver Devante Davis walks off the field as North Texas fans celebrate after the Heart of Dallas Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. North Texas won 36-14.

Heart of Dallas Bowl loss doesn't tarnish UNLV's 2013 season
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Wed, Jan 1, 2014 (3:10 p.m.)
Devante Davis struggled to find the words. While UNLV coach Bobby Hauck and quarterback Caleb Herring answered questions, Davis sat back in his chair and waited his turn with nothing to do but replay a 36-14 Heart of Dallas Bowl loss to North Texas in his mind.

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UNLV wide receiver Devante Davis walks off the field as North Texas fans celebrate after the Heart of Dallas Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. North Texas won 36-14.
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UNLV football:
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
UNLV played well for a lot of the game, but it didn't have enough to pull out one more victory and finishes the season 7-6 following a 36-14 loss to North Texas today in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

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UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy talks during a news conference for the Heart of Dallas Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Anyone in Las Vegas who cares about UNLV football even a little bit was excited the 7-5 Rebels landed in a bowl game for the first time in 13 years. Getting those people to actually attend the game was never going to be easy, though, and a day before kickoff the numbers are about as low as expected.

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Las Vegas natives and UNLV linemen Ron Scoggins checks the lettering on teammate Aleks Vekic before having their team photo taken for the Heart of Dallas Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
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UNLV quick hits:
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Bobby Hauck has said that the bowls are the only reward system for college football players. Well, that and a nameplate.

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UNLV tight end Taylor Barnhill talks to teammates during UNLV's practice on the campus of Southern Methodist University for the Heart of Dallas Bowl Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 in Dallas.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
One of the many lessons Roy Barnhill imparted on his only son is that no matter how hard you’re working, someone is working harder. The only way to compete with those unknown masses is to push yourself up to and past your limits, then do the same thing tomorrow. “To make it you have to do this every day,” Roy Barnhill said.

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Head coach Dan McCarney talks to his players during the North Texas practice for the Heart of Dallas Bowl Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Highland Park High School in Dallas.
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Rebels quick hits:
Monday, December 30, 2013
UNLV isn’t the only success story playing at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Wednesday. North Texas (8-4) has had a better 15-year run than the Rebels but recently their situations have been very similar, with the Mean Green winning only 22 games from 2005-12.

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UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck talks with Athletic Director Jim Livengood following their game against Wisconsin Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Wisconsin won the game 41-21.
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Rebels quick hits:
Monday, December 30, 2013
The man most responsible for not only putting Bobby Hauck in his current position but keeping him there long enough to make a bowl game now watches the team’s success from the shadows of retirement. Jim Livengood says that’s just fine.

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The Rebels go through practice drills on SMU's campus in Dallas on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. UNLV is preparing for its first bowl game since 2000 to be played on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Cotton Bowl Stadium.
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UNLV football:
Monday, December 30, 2013
The Heart of Dallas Bowl and the week of events leading up to it are a reward for this year’s Rebels. The work UNLV is doing leading up to the game is what they hope will help make these trips a regular thing.

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UNLV quarterback Caleb Herring points to a receiver after not being able to reach him with a pass during their Mountain West Conference game against  San Diego State Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNLV won 45-19.
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UNLV quick hits:
Sunday, December 29, 2013
The methods differed from person to person, but like they would for a game, the Rebels entered Saturday’s gift suite with a game plan. You never want to be unprepared, even when the opponent is a room full of tables holding free stuff.

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Brett Boyko (69), right, talks with teammates during practice at UNLV Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.
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UNLV quick hits:
Sunday, December 29, 2013
For a lot of kids in Texas, football is a way of life. The same could be said about hockey for Canadians. That’s why it’s a little surprising that UNLV junior offensive tackle Brett Boyko, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, has never been to an NHL game.

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The field at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas undergoes a paint job four days before UNLV and North Texas will play there on Jan. 1 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
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UNLV football:
Sunday, December 29, 2013
A voice in the lobby bellowed, “Welcome to paradise!” and while the Dallas Hyatt Regency may not be the destination that phrase brings to mind for most people, it feels that way to the UNLV football team.

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'Two football teams and one president': Neal Smatresk at the center of bowl game
'Two football teams and one president': Neal Smatresk at the center of bowl game
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Friday, December 27, 2013
When the captains for the UNLV and North Texas football teams meet at midfield on New Year’s Day for the Heart of Dallas Bowl, they will shake hands and await the result of the coin toss that starts off every football game. When they get there, the Rebels will see a familiar face while the Mean Green see one they’ll know shortly — current UNLV President Neal Smatresk said he’s going to do the ceremonial coin toss.

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Ron Scoggins Sr., left, talks with his son, Ron Scoggins Jr., right, after UNLV football practice December 17, 2013. When the Rebels play Jan. 1 in the Heart of Dallas bowl, they will become the program's first father-son to play in the postseason. Scoggins Sr. was part of the 1984 California Bowl championship team.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
As UNLV offensive lineman Ron Scoggins Jr. left practice Tuesday, a familiar face greeted him: his father. Ron Scoggins Sr. was part of UNLV’s 1984 California Bowl championship team, so father and son will enter the program’s record book when the Rebels play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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New UNLV football defensive coordinator Tim Hauck is seen outside the gates to Rebel Park on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tim Hauck didn’t need to be informed about UNLV’s defensive woes. Ever since his older brother, Bobby, took over the program, Hauck had been following along closely. He even dug through the history book.

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The University of Texas football team runs onto the field at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas for the start of their game against Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006.
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Rebels football:
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
There are two things the Rebels point to as reasons this bowl game in particular is special versus some of the others they may have landed in. The first is the date — Jan. 1 — because that day is often set aside for a full day of college football. The other is the venue — Cotton Bowl Stadium.

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