FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- TCU did all it could on the field to
keep its slim BCS hopes alive. Now, the No. 18 Horned Frogs get to
play the waiting game.
"It will be interesting to see how things pan out. We'll have
to see," receiver Cory Rodgers said. "I wouldn't say that we
deserve to be in the BCS, I've think we've shown flashes of being a
BCS contender. It would be great to go to a BCS bowl."
Rodgers ran for a touchdown and caught another one, and TCU
wrapped up its regular season with a 51-3 victory over UNLV on
The Horned Frogs (10-1, 8-0 Mountain West Conference) have won
nine straight games -- only No. 1 USC (32 games) and No. 2 Texas
(17) have longer active winning streaks. It is TCU's fourth 10-win
season in six years.
"There's probably a whole bunch of people that don't want to
play us in a bowl game," coach Gary Patterson said. "I'll play
anybody from about No. 10 up, 10, 11, all the way through it, if
they want to decide who should go to it."
TCU is 17th in the latest Bowl Championship Series standings,
five spots below what would make the Frogs eligible for one of
those high-payout four bowl games. While they are the outright
Mountain West champion, their league isn't guaranteed a BCS spot.
So, the Frogs have to sit back and watch for the rest of
November and hope for a series of upsets in other games.
While getting into the BCS will be a stretch, Patterson wanted
to keep his team focused on finishing strong. So even after
clinching the MWC title with a 33-6 victory over Colorado State
last week, they waited until after beating the Rebels (2-8, 1-6) to
"I told the team to win the game like champions, and I think we
did," Patterson said.
The Frogs came out strong, going ahead 17-0 just 7½ minutes into
the game before UNLV even gained a yard.
Quentily Harmon caught a 26-yard touchdown pass and Rodgers had
a 9-yard TD run for the first two TCU touchdowns, after Chris
Manfredini kicked a 29-yard field goal to end the opening drive.
"We didn't want to celebrate last week because the season
wasn't over," said quarterback Jeff Ballard, who completed 17 of
31 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns. "The season wasn't
completed until this game was over, and we wanted to be undefeated
in the conference."
In its inaugural MWC season, TCU became only the third team to
get through the league undefeated. The Frogs captured their first
outright conference title since 1958, having shared four titles in
three conferences (Southwest, Western Athletic Conference,
Conference USA) the previous 11 seasons.
"That's what we aspire to be," UNLV first-year coach Mike
"We see what they do and how they play," said Rebels
quarterback Jarrod Jackson, who was sacked four times. "That's
what we want to do."
TCU freshman Aaron Brown ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns
on 18 carries. He had a pair of 1-yard TD runs in the second
quarter, then capped the scoring with a 31-yard run in the third
quarter after Rodgers' 55-yard TD catch.
After the first of Manfredini's three field goals, Ronnie Smith
muffed the kickoff return that was recovered by Ervin Dickerson at
the UNLV 31. Four plays later, Ballard hit Harmon, who juggled the
ball crossing the goal line but gathered it in for a 10-0 lead.
The Rebels lost a yard on their first play and Jackson threw an
incomplete pass before Drew Coleman's interception and 22-yard
return set TCU up at the 18. Rogers swept around left end on the
third play for a 9-yard TD and a 17-point lead.
TCU had 312 of its 587 yards by halftime, when it led 31-3 and
Ballard had thrown for 187 yards to six different receivers.
UNLV had just 157 total yards, 62 of them on a pass to Erick
Jackson midway through the third quarter. But Sergio Aguayo, who
kicked a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter, was wide left on
a 38-yard attempt.
The Rebels were the second straight TCU opponent held without a
Patterson is the only coach to lead the Horned Frogs to three
10-win seasons (2002, 2003 and 2005), and was the defensive
coordinator when they won 10 games in 2000. TCU has only four other
10-win seasons, all in the 1930s.
TCU's only loss was 21-10 at SMU on Sept. 10, a week after a
season-opening 17-10 upset victory at then-No. 7 Oklahoma. The
winning streak began with consecutive overtime victories, but the
Frogs have won their last seven games by an average of 25 points.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... TCU stepped on the field. The Horned Frogs scored 17 points in each of the first three quarters for the easy win.
Gameball goes to... TCU freshman Aaron Brown ran for 105 yards on 18 carries. He also rushed for three touchdowns.
Stat of the game... 10: The Horned Frogs' win total this year. TCU has won 10 games in four of the last six seasons.