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       === North Texas cruises past UNLV to win Heart of Dallas Bowl ===
 
 Dallas,  TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Thompson threw two touchdown passes as
 the North Texas Mean Green beat the UNLV Rebels, 36-14, in the Heart of Dallas
 Bowl.
 
 Thompson completed 21-of-30 passes for 256 yards for the Mean Green (9-4), who
 played in a bowl game for the first time since 2004.
 
 "We  just made plays," Thompson said. "It wasn't anything special that we did.
 We just executed."
 
 Brelan Chancellor carried the ball seven times for 47 yards and two scores for
 North Texas. He also hauled in six passes for 74 yards.
 
 Caleb  Herring connected  on 22-of-41 passes for 196 yards, two touchdowns and
 an  interception  for the Rebels  (7-6), who  made their first bowl appearance
 since 2000. Herring also carried the ball 15 times for 33 yards.
 
 "I  would have liked to  go out on a bit of a sweeter taste, but the time here
 I've  had is nothing short of amazing, and I'm just proud to be a Rebel," said
 Herring, a senior, of playing his final game.
 
 The  Rebels scored  a touchdown on their first possession of the game. Herring
 completed  all five of  his passes on the drive, including a 9-yard TD pass to
 Marcus Sullivan.
 
 North Texas got a bit of a break when UNLV's Keith Whitely fumbled a punt. The
 Mean  Green took advantage of the mistake, as Antoinne Jimmerson scored on the
 ground from one yard out.
 
 UNLV  kicker Nolan Kohorst  missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired in the
 first half.
 
 The  Mean  Green scored  a touchdown  on their first  possession of the second
 half. Marcus Smith's 27-yard catch on 3rd-and-7 led to Drew Miller's 7-yard TD
 catch.
 
 North  Texas put the game away with a 22-point fourth quarter. Chancellor's 3-
 yard TD run on the first play of the final period made it a 21-7 contest.
 
 Darnell Smith capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 34-yard touchdown catch.
 
 Jerry  Rice Jr. caught a 13-yard TD pass from Herring to get the Rebels within
 28-14.
 
 Chancellor's 15-yard TD run with 2:24 to play accounted for the final margin.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Despite the loss, the Rebels lead the all-time series with the Mean Green by a
 4-1  margin ... North  Texas won a bowl game for the first time since 2002 ...
 Darnell Smith caught five passes for 75 yards.
 
 
 01/01 20:05:29 ET

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