UNLV Loses MW Finale To TCU, 56-9
Dec. 3, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - - Bradley Randle rushed for 71 yards to lead UNLV which lost 56-9 to TCU Saturday.
UNLV (2-10, 1-6) led 3-0 after Nolan Kohorst kicked a 39-yard field goal with 5:35 left in the first quarter before TCU scored 21 unanswered points.
Waymon James, Matthew Tucker and Ed Wesley all ran for touchdowns for TCU (10-2, 7-0 MWC), which won its last 24 games in that league before moving to the Big 12 Conference next season. Casey Pachall and Matt Brown both scored on quarterback keepers on the rain-soaked field.
Pachall dropped back to pass, then tucked and ran straight forward for an 8-yard touchdown, plunging through two defenders to get into the end zone. James had a 10-yard TD run, when he went to the right sideline, planted his right foot and then lunged forward with his left hand extended holding the football.
Then on the first play after Deryck Gildon blocked a punt, Tucker took a handoff and scored on a 32-yard run when at least five defenders got their hands on him without bringing him down.
After Kohorst kicked a 43-yard field goal with 2:13 left in the first half, McCoy and Gardner followed with their big plays for a 35-6 halftime lead.
McCoy, who already had a kickoff return for a touchdown earlier this season, backpedaled to field the ball just in front of the goal line and then took off. He ran through a group of players on the left side before breaking into the open and sprinting all the way down the field.
When the Rebels got the ball back, senior linebacker Gardner picked off a pass by Taylor Barnhill and went untouched into the end zone.
James scored on a 2-yard run to cap TCU's opening drive of the second half, and Wesley later had a 9-yard run.