Cougars Come Up Short Against Rebels

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Dominique Dorsey ran for 94 yards and a touchdown and UNLV won when Brigham Young failed to score on first-and-goal from the 10 in the final 14 seconds Friday night in the Rebels' 24-20 victory.

BYU had three chances to score after John Beck completed a pass to Antwaun Harris at the 10, but Beck threw incomplete three straight times. The final play began with only eight-tenths of a second left, and Beck was pressured into a pass over the middle that bounced harmlessly on the grass.

UNLV (2-3, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) has beaten BYU consecutive times for the first time in the 12-game history between the two schools.

The Cougars (2-4, 1-1) were trying for their first winning streak since 2002, but made too many mistakes and couldn't rally against the Rebels.

BYU had six fumbles, losing four of them. Another would-be turnover was nullified by an offsides penalty on UNLV.

Trailing 21-20 in the fourth quarter, BYU was forced to punt from its own end zone, setting up the Rebels at the Cougars' 39. UNLV didn't drive far, but did use several minutes before Sergio Aguayo kicked a 35-yard field goal with 3:49 remaining.

Down by four, BYU couldn't rely on Matt Payne, who kicked a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter, to tie it.

BYU converted a fourth-and-2 on a screen pass to Curtis Brown. Then on first down, UNLV defensive lineman Leon Moore was called for a facemask. BYU kept moving with a long pass from Beck to Todd Watkins, but Watkins fumbled and Brian Nicholson recovered at the UNLV 11 with 2:18 remaining.

As the officials tried to figure out who had the ball, Nicholson was holding it in the air in front of the UNLV bench and the Rebels started the celebration. But the Cougars forced another punt and got the ball back at their own 42 with 1:10 remaining, only to come up short.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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