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UNLV vs. TCU
Dec. 3, 2011
Final: TCU 56, UNLV 9
*TCU clinched its third consecutive outright Mountain West championship. The Horned Frogs have now won a conference title in three consecutive seasons for the first time in their history. It's the 17th overall conference championship for TCU.
*TCU played its final Mountain West game before heading to the Big 12 next season.
*TCU closed its Mountain West era by not losing a conference game over its final three years in the league. The Horned Frogs leave the MW with the following record win streaks that were all active: consecutive conference wins (24), consecutive home league victories (17) and consecutive road league wins (12).
*TCU is the first school in MW history to win the league title in three consecutive seasons.
*The Horned Frogs' 24-game conference winning streak is the longest in the nation.
*TCU has reached the 10-win mark for the fourth straight year and eighth time in the last 10 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson. Prior to Patterson's arrival on campus in 1998, the Horned Frogs had just four 10-win seasons in their history.
*TCU's 19 seniors, honored in a pre-game ceremony, extended their record win total for a class to 46 victories over the last four seasons. It's the fourth straight year the Horned Frogs' seniors will graduate as the winningest class in TCU history. The seniors won three straight games against top-five ranked teams, are 2-1 in bowl games, 6-2 against teams from BCS automatic-qualifying conferences, 23-1 at Amon G. Carter Stadium, 30-1 in Mountain West games and 46-5 overall.
*TCU won at home for the 26th time in its last 27 games while improving to 56-7 under Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
*TCU finished 25-2 all-time at home in MW games.
*TCU had its eighth straight sellout and 10th in its last 14 games at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
*With a 99-yard kickoff return by Greg McCoy and a 16-yard interception return by Kris Gardner, TCU scored two second-quarter touchdowns in a 12-second span. The Horned Frogs had two touchdowns in a 15-second stretch earlier this season against Portland State.
*Combined with Waymon James' 82-yard kickoff return for a score against Portland State, TCU has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this season.
*With Gardner's 16-yard interception return for a touchdown, TCU has returned eight of its last 22 picks for scores.
*TCU held UNLV to an 0-for-15 mark on third-down conversions. It's the first time a Horned Frog opponent was held without a third-down conversion since last year's 45-0 victory over Wyoming (0-for-10).
*The Horned Frogs did not commit a penalty for the first time since a 45-10 win at Wyoming in 2009.
*TCU ran for 186 yards to win for the 59th time in its last 60 games when rushing for at least 167 yards.
*Gary Patterson picked up his 108th win as TCU's head coach, leaving him just one victory shy of tying Dutch Meyer (109-79-13, 1934-52) as the Horned Frogs' all-time winningest coach. Patterson's .783 (108-30) winning percentage ranks fourth among active FBS coaches.
*Greg McCoy's 99-yard kickoff return makes him the first Horned Frog since Cory Rodgers in 2005 to return two kickoffs for scores in the same season. McCoy had a 94-yard touchdown against Louisiana-Monroe.
*McCoy's 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the second-longest in 11 seasons under Patterson as head coach, surpassed only by Rodgers' 100-yard return at BYU in 2005.
*McCoy has tied TCU career records for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career (3) and total kick returns for scores (3). LaTarence Dunbar had three kickoff returns for touchdowns from 1999-02. McCoy, Dunbar, Linzy Cole (1968-69) and Blanard Spearman (1930-32) now share the mark with three career kick returns for scores.
*True freshman Deryck Gildon recorded his second punt block of the season. He's the first Horned Frog with two punt blocks in a season since Greg Burks in 2009.
*Matthew Tucker scored on a 32-yard run on the first play after Gildon's punt block. Tucker has a team-high 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. His 26 career rushing scores rank sixth all-time at TCU.
*Casey Pachall's 8-yard first-quarter scoring run was his second rushing touchdown of the season and first since a 9-yard carry at Baylor for TCU's first points of the season. It was Pachall's third career scoring run.
*Waymon James had scoring runs of 10 and 2 yards to give him six rushing touchdowns on the season and 11 in his career.
*Ed Wesley's 9-yard third-quarter scoring run was his fifth rushing touchdown of the season and 20th of his career, moving him into a tie with Aaron Brown (2005-08) and Robert Merrill (2003-05) for ninth all-time at TCU.
*Matt Brown's 6-yard scoring run was his sixth rushing touchdown of the season.
*Kris Gardner's 16-yard interception return for a touchdown was his second pick of the season and his first career score. He added a tackle for loss among four stops.
*Stansly Maponga had a career-high nine tackles, including 2 1/2 for loss, with 1 1/2 sacks.
*Devin Johnson totaled eight tackles to equal a career-high set earlier this season against BYU.