Eight straight

UNLV had its chances to snap its losing streak against defending Mountain West Conference champion TCU on Saturday afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium. But a couple of key miscues came back to haunt the Rebels in a 25-10 loss. It was the eighth-straight loss for Mike Sanford's squad.

Trailing 22-3 late in the third quarter, the Rebels had a 16-yard touchdown run by David Peeples wiped out by a holding penalty on tight end Chris Butler and eventually had to settle for a 47-yard field goal try by Sergio Aguayo. The preseason MWC Special Teams Player of the Year then missed the kick.

After TCU (6-2, 2-2) extended its lead to 25-3 on the fourth of four field goals by Peter LoCoco, the Rebels (1-8, 0-5) came right back to score on 5-yard run by Peeples with 9:58 to go to cut it to 25-10.

Just four plays later, UNLV had an excellent chance to close within eight points when linebacker Matt Pattison forced a fumble by Horned Frogs running back Lonta Hobbs and freshman safety Starr Fuimaono recovered at the TCU 3-yard line.

TCU corner Rafael Priest then was flagged for pass interference in the end zoned while defending a pass to Rodelin Anthony which gave UNLV a first-and-goal at the two-yard line.

But after Peeples was stuffed for no gain on first down, quarterback Rocky Hinds was intercepted in the end zone by outside linebacker David Hawthorne who did a nice job of closing in on Butler in the right corner of the end zone.

"We are a better football team than the way that thing came out today," Sanford said. "We were right there and legitimately had a chance and we should have won that game.

"The bottom line is you can't have the ball first-and-goal inside the (two) and not score. That is a killer. That was a killer."

TCU came into the game ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference and No. 3 in the nation in run defense allowing just 61.1 yards per game. But UNLV almost doubled that mark with 118 yards on 24 attempts (4.9 avg.) including 68 yards on 10 carries by Peeples.

"You've go to give UNLV's offense credit," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "But when they got into the red zone we didn't give up a lot of points."

Sophomore quarterback Rocky Hinds completed 10 of 27 passes for 128 yards and the one costly interception.

"I think he made progress today," Sanford said. "There were probably five or six plays that I would say were poor on his part. The other thing is that is a really good defense. That's by far the best defense that we've played and the best defense in the conference."

REBEL NOTES – Starting linebacker Beau Bell, the conference leader in tackles (10.9 per game) and tackles for loss (1.29 per game), sat out his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Bell had the ankle in a boot while watching from the UNLV bench … Senior Kip Facer had a 78-yard punt in the second quarter which tied for the second-longest in school history. The UNLV record is held by Brad Faunce who booted a 91-yarder against Nevada in 1994. … Standout junior cornerback Eric Wright lined up at quarterback for a handful of plays and had a 34-yard run. … Aguayo tied his career-best with a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter. … Ryan Wolfe had three catches for 63 yards and now has 704 receiving yards for the season, the second highest total by a freshman in MWC history. He needs 68 more yards in his final three games to break the conference freshman receiving mark of 771 yards set by BYU's Austin Collie in 2004. … TCU was led by senior quarterback Jeff Ballard who completed 15 of 28 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

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