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UNLV vs. No. 4/4 TCU Game Notes

Oct. 31, 2010

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at Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas Oct. 30, 2010

-TCU became the highest ranked team to ever play a football game in Las Vegas. The No. 4 Horned Frogs bested the No. 5 ranking by Wisconsin to open the 2007 season at UNLV.

-TCU was also the second-highest ranked team to ever play UNLV in football. No. 2 Tennessee, behind quarterback Peyton Manning, was the highest on Aug. 31, 1996.

-TCU improved to 8-1 all-time vs. UNLV and stayed perfect since joining the Mountain West Conference (6-0). The Horned Frogs are the only team the Rebels have not defeated in MWC play.

-UNLV starting center Andrew Mack was taken to the hospital before the game suffering from appendicitis. Senior guard John Gianninoto moved over to center while sophomore blocker Yusef Rodgers made his first career start as a Rebel at a tackle spot.

-Despite the unplanned lineup change, UNLV allowed zero sacks for the first time all season. The Rebels came into the TCU game ranked 113th in the nation with 25 sacks allowed, including six in their last game at Colorado State.

-When TCU rushed for a five-yard touchdown in the first quarter, it meant that all eight Rebel opponents this season have scored first.

-UNLV QB Omar Clayton found Michael Johnson for a 10-yard touchdown passing play in the second quarter. It marked Clayton’s 41st career scoring throw, which is third all-time at the school and just two behind Jon Denton’s total of 43 (1996-97) in second place.

-UNLV was called for holding on a successful extra point attempt on its second-quarter touchdown. That backed up kicker Nolan Kohorst 10 yards, who then missed the PAT in the retry. It marked the first missed extra-point attempt by UNLV since Oct. 20, 2007 – breaking a streak of 97 successful attempts. Kohorst , a freshman, had made the first 15 attempts of his career.

-Junior receiver Phillip Payne returned to the lineup after missing two games for disciplinary reasons. The Las Vegas native finished with two catches for 27 yards.

-Rebel senior LB Ronnie Paulo led his team with 10 total tackles.

-UNLV, which lost 41-0 to the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth last season, had more first downs in the first half tonight (10) than the entire 2009 game (seven).



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