Utah State 27

(1-6, 0-5 away)

North Texas 37

(4-3, 3-0 home)

4:05 PM ET, October 18, 2003

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USU 14 7 0 627
UNT 21 13 3 037

North Texas 37, Utah State 27

DENTON, Texas (AP) -- Patrick Cobbs rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns as North Texas beat Utah State 37-27 for its 14th consecutive Sun Belt Conference win Saturday.

Cobbs, who rushed for 249 yards last week against Idaho, scored on runs of 1, 3 and 4 yards. His final score putting North Texas (4-3, 3-0 Sun Belt) ahead 28-14 about two minutes into the second quarter.

Travis Cox helped Utah State (1-6, 1-1) keep it close, going 26-of-38 for 230 yards and three touchdowns. He threw scores of 20 and 2 yards to Chris Cooley, the 2-yarder bringing Utah State within 37-27.

North Texas then ran out the clock with four straight runs by Cobbs.

Scott Hall connected with Justin Claiborn on touchdowns of 11 and 5 yards for the Mean Green. Hall went 8-of-12 for 109 yards, and Claiborn caught four passes for 37 yards.

The Mean Green jumped to a 14-0 lead on Cobbs' 1-yard touchdown just over a minute into the game and Claiborn's 5-yarder midway through the first quarter.

North Texas' Adrian Awasom and Evan Cardwell had two sacks apiece in the fourth. North Texas linebacker Chris Hurd had 11 tackles and a forced fumble for UNT.

North Texas' last conference loss was a 19-17 defeat against Louisiana-Monroe Oct. 6, 2001.