Coach: UNLV tough to beat

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    While the Horned Frogs’ (5-2, 1-2) Homecoming 26-3 win over the Wyoming Cowboys (4-5, 3-2) was exciting for the team and fans alike, head coach Gary Patterson said at the weekly Coaches’ Luncheon Tuesday there’s nothing to get too excited about just yet.”After the Wyoming win, there was not really much to say,” Patterson said. “All you can do is keep your nose down while you are looking up.”

    Patterson said the team’s position in the Mountain West Conference standings, sixth place, is nothing to be happy about.

    “We’re only three above where most people in the conference standings are sitting,” Patterson said. “So, I don’t think we have anything to jump up and down about.”

    Patterson said the Frogs’ next conference road game against the UNLV Rebels (1-7, 0-4) will be a tough one.

    He said the UNLV team has many skilled players.

    “It’ll be the best skilled players we’ve played against since Texas Tech,” Patterson said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

    Patterson said UNLV gotten stronger offensively with each game and so has its special teams, but the Frogs’ special teams are up for the challenge.

    “I’m fired up about our kickoff team,” Patterson said. “We’ve caused two or three fumbles in the last couple of ball games which means there is a lot of intensity going down on the field.”

    Patterson said the team is keeping its focus on what is in front of it, and even though the Frogs were successful against UNLV last year, the team is not going to take Saturday’s game lightly.

    “When you’re looking up in the standings like we are, there is no margin of error,” Patterson said. “To get to a bowl game, you have to win three or five of your last bowl games to do that.”

    Patterson said to be realistic, the goal set is to be the second best team in the league.

    “At this point, it is going to be hard to catch BYU,” Patterson said. “So, you have to try to be the second best team in the league to make a bowl game possible.