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Football Bowl Subdivision
NCAA Game Summary - North Texas at Ball State

(Thursday, September 3rd)

Final Score: North Texas 20, Ball State 10

Muncie, IN (Sports Network) - Riley Dodge threw for 216 yards and ran for another 73 to help lead the North Texas Mean Green to a 20-10 win against the Ball State Cardinals in season-opening action at Scheumann Stadium.

Dodge completed 23-of-33 passing for the Mean Green (1-0), leading to one touchdown and one interception. Running back Cam Montgomery carried the ball 17 times and finished with a game-high 149 yards on the ground for UNT as well.

The Cardinals (0-1) were paced by MiQuale Lewis who gained 103 yards and scored the team's lone touchdown on 15 carries. Signal-caller Kelly Page hit on just 15-of-34 passing for 140 yards and was picked off once in the losing effort.

North Texas moved out to a 10-0 lead at the break, thanks to a three-yard touchdown run by Lance Dunbar in the first frame and a 24-yard field goal by Jeremy Knott with 1:19 remaining in the second period.

BSU got on the scoreboard with 6:19 to play in the third when Ian McGarvey knocked through a 21-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 10-3.

Capping a three-play, 35-yard drive in the fourth quarter, Lewis found the end zone on a 27-yard run for Ball State to knot the score at 10-10 with 12:41 remaining in the game.

The Mean Green closed out the night just as it started, scoring 10 unanswered points, beginning with a four-yard TD pass from Dodge to Michael Outlaw, followed by a 19-yard field goal by Knott to provide North Texas with the 10- point triumph.

North Texas generated a hefty 512 yards of offense, compared to just 309 yards for the Cardinals. Last season Ball State, which began the 2008 campaign with 12 straight wins, was responsible for 442.5 ypg, ranking the squad first in the Mid-American Conference and 17th nationally.

BSU was responsible for nearly 35 ppg a year ago, while North Texas was 102nd in the country with an even 20 ppg.

09/03 23:53:07 ET