(12) TCU 44

(9-1, 4-1 away)


(3-6, 2-3 home)

8:00 PM ET, November 1, 2008

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

1 2 3 4 T
#12TCU 14 10 13 744
UNLV 7 0 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: A. Dalton (TCU) - 151 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: A. Brown (TCU) - 9 CAR, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Young (TCU) - 3 REC, 42 YDS, 1 TD

Dalton tosses three TD passes as No. 13 TCU crushes UNLV

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- There was no looking ahead for No. 13 TCU against UNLV.

Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes to lead the Horned Frogs past the Rebels 44-14.

Fast Facts

• The Horned Frogs outgained UNLV 410-176 and cruised to their ninth win of the season.

• TCU quarterback Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns. He has nine TDs and no interceptions in his last three games.

• TCU, the nation's leading rush defense entering this week, surrendered 106 yards on the ground, their second-highest total of the season. Despite that, the 176 yards of total offense allowed is their lowest total of the year.

• TCU leads the all-time series, 6-1. UNLV has lost five in a row.

-- ESPN research

TCU (9-1, 6-0) takes a five-game winning streak into their game at No. 10 Utah on Thursday night, a potential showdown for first place in Mountain West Conference.

"You always want to play in the big arena," TCU coach Gary Patterson said of this Thursday's game. "Utah is a good football team -- lot better at home. We've got a lot of work to do. We have to get everyone healed up and ready to go."

Dalton completed 16-of-29 for 151 yards and rushed for 52 yards on nine carries.

"That was a big win for us, especially on the road," Dalton said. "When they asked me to run, I was able to do what I could. We were able to score points. Now we can focus on the next game. Coach kept mentioning we had to play UNLV first. We have to keep our focus. We were able to run the ball. Our defense played great."

UNLV (3-6, 0-5) lost its fifth consecutive game.

Dalton has nine touchdown passes in the last three games since coming back from a two-game absence because of a right knee injury.

The Frogs ran for 259 yards, led by Aaron Brown's 60.

UNLV managed only 108 against the No. 1 run defense in the country. TCU was allowing 10.4 points per game and 1.2 yards per rush coming into the game.

TCU's first drive lasted 17 plays capped by a Dalton 1-yard pass to Justin Watts with 5:21 left in the first quarter.

The Horned Frogs then went up 14-0 thanks in part to Robert Henson's first-quarter interception of Omar Clayton's pass.

Clayton finished 5-of-13 for 45 yards and left with a right knee injury in the third quarter. Clayton's status for next week's game against New Mexico is unclear. He is going to receive an MRI on Monday.

Henson's second pick of the season at the Rebels' 34, led to Joseph Turner's 3-yard touchdown run up the middle with 3:09 left in the first quarter.

The Rebels could not penetrate the second-best scoring defense in the nation, but scored their first touchdown after a dropped punt return by Brown.

It was recovered by Chris Brogdon at the TCU 12. Clayton hooked up with Rodelin Anthony for a 15-yard touchdown reception to make it 14-7.

The Frogs went up 24-7 at halftime after Dalton found Evan Frosch wide open on the left side from 4 yards with :30 left in the half.

"They're a very good football team," UNLV coach Mike Sanford said. "They're very fast. They're the best football team we've played."

Brown's 23-yard run down the left side added to the lead in third quarter, and Jimmy Young caught Dalton's last touchdown pass from 13 yards with 2:38 left in the third quarter. Brown led five double-digit rushers for the Frogs.

"That's normal for us -- spread it around," Patterson said. "It gets a lot of guys involved for us. Everyone has to do their part and it keeps everyone in the game."

This was the fourth time UNLV faced a ranked opponent this season. The Rebels are 1-3 in those games, only winning at Arizona State, then ranked No. 15 on Sept. 13. They lost to Utah and BYU on the road.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2712
Total Yards410175
3rd Down Conversions8-161-11
4th Down Conversions1-10-1

Passing Leaders


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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD05:21Justin Watts 1 Yd Pass From Andy Dalton (Ross Evans Kick) 70
TD03:09Luke Shivers 3 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 140
TD00:44Rodelin Anthony 15 Yd Pass From Omar Clayton (Kyle Watson Kick) 147
FG10:24Ross Evans 20 Yd 177
TD00:30Evan Frosch 4 Yd Pass From Andy Dalton (Ross Evans Kick) 247
TD09:38Aaron Brown 23 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 307
TD02:38Jimmy Young 13 Yd Pass From Andy Dalton (Ross Evans Kick) 377
TD04:40Jai Cavness 1 Yd Run (Ross Evans Kick) 447
TD01:44David Peeples 1 Yd Run (Kyle Watson Kick) 4414