MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Patrick Cobbs ran for a school-record 249
yards, leading the North Texas Eagles to a 24-14 come-from-behind
win over Idaho on Saturday.
It was the 13th consecutive Sun Belt Conference victory for the
two-time defending conference champion Eagles, who improve to 2-0
in conference play and 3-3 overall. Idaho drops to 1-1 and 1-6
Cobbs scored all three of UNT's touchdowns, the last of which
was a 1-yard run to put the Eagles ahead by 10 with just over 2
minutes to play.
Cobbs' performance offset a 23-for-41, 402-yard passing effort
by Idaho quarterback Brian Lindgren. The Vandals also received 111
rushing yards from tailback Zach Gerstner.
North Texas fell behind 14-0 after Idaho scored on its first two
possessions. But Cobbs, who had 39 carries, gave the Eagles their
first lead of the game with a 1-yard plunge in the third quarter.
That score was set up by a blocked Idaho punt, which gave the
Eagles possession at the Vandal 40-yard line.
Idaho put itself in position to tie or retake the lead, but
Lindgren fumbled the snap on fourth-and-inches, and North Texas
took over at its own 13.
The Vandals missed another opportunity to score late in the
fourth quarter, coming up empty-handed when Lindgren's fourth-down
pass, intended for Orlando Winston, was batted away in the end
zone. Lindgren was 6-for-6 on Idaho's opening drive, which ended
with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Winston. Lindgren made good on his
seventh pass as well, connecting with Jimmy Labita, who outran
North Texas defender Markeith Knowlton to complete a 92-yard
North Texas answered on its ensuing drive, scoring on a Cobbs's
30-yard run to cut Idaho's lead to 14-7. The Eagles made it 14-10
with three seconds remaining in the half, getting a 29-yard field
goal from Nick Bazaldua. The field goal was made possible by a