NCAA Game Summary - Middle Tennessee at North Texas
(Saturday, December 3rd)
Final Score: North Texas 59, Middle Tennessee 7
Denton, TX (Sports Network) - Lance Dunbar carried 40 times for 313 yards and four touchdowns, as the North Texas Mean Green closed out their schedule with a 59-7 rout over Sun Belt Conference foe Middle Tennessee.
James Hamilton added 108 rushing yards and a TD to help the Mean Green (5-7, 4-4 SBC) finish off their best season since 2004. Dunbar entered the game needing 140 yards to match Patrick Cobbs' career rushing record at North Texas, and the senior tailback easily surpassed that mark. Dunbar also became just the sixth player in NCAA history to amass 4,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a career.
Benny Cunningham rushed for 80 yards on 15 carries to pace the Blue Raiders (2-10, 1-7), who suffered six straight losses to end their season. Quarterbacks Logan Kilgore and Jeff Murphy combined for just 91 yards and a touchdown on 10-of-28 passing.
North Texas marched right down the field on the game's opening drive, and Derek Thompson scored on a one-yard run for an early 7-0 lead.
Dunbar added a one-yard touchdown plunge later in the opening quarter to put the Mean Green on top, 14-0.
Dunbar began to take over the game in the second quarter with two more rushing scores. His second TD of the contest came on a 26-yard scamper at the 14:23 mark of the second quarter, and his five-yard touchdown gave North Texas a 28-0 lead with 5:38 to play until halftime.
Zach Olen tacked on a 40-yard field goal just before intermission to send the Mean Green into the locker room with a 31-0 halftime lead.
North Texas continued to pad its lead in the second half. Dunbar scored yet again at the 10:14 mark of the third quarter, crossing the goal line on a 14-yard run.
The Mean Green would add three more touchdowns before Middle Tennessee ever got on the board. Hamilton scored on a one-yard run with 4:30 to play in the third quarter. The defense forced a punt on the ensuing possession, and Lairamie Lee blocked the punt, which was scooped up by teammate Julian Herron, who waltzed three yards into the end zone for a 52-0 NT lead.
Brandin Byrd capped the blowout with a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and Middle Tennessee's Murphy closed out the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Griswould to avoid the shutout.
The Mean Green racked up 487 total yards for the game, compared to only 231 for Middle Tennessee. North Texas held a 14-minute edge in time of possession and scored touchdowns on six of seven trips inside the red zone.
12/03 20:13:30 ET