New Mexico St 26

(2-5, 0-4 away)

North Texas 36

(3-4, 2-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, October 23, 2004

1 2 3 4 T
NMSU 7 0 8 1126
UNT 9 0 14 1336

Top Performers

Passing: B. Pierce (NMSU) - 237 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Thomas (UNT) - 33 CAR, 258 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Quinn (UNT) - 4 REC, 92 YDS, 1 TD

North Texas 36, New Mexico State 26

Denton, Texas (AP) -- Jamario Thomas rushed for 258 yards and one touchdown as North Texas defeated New Mexico State 36-26 Saturday for its 21st straight conference victory.

Thomas, a freshman, broke school and Sun Belt Conference records for the second game in a row, topping the 256 he gained on Oct. 10 against Utah State. He has 997 yards on the season.

New Mexico State (2-5, 2-2 Sun Belt) pulled to within three with 5:03 remaining. Justine Buries fought his way into the end zone on a 5-yard run. The Aggies completed the two-point conversion to make it 29-26.

North Texas (3-4, 3-0) answered on its next drive, capped by an Andy Blount 10-yard touchdown reception from Scott Hall with 3:11 left after a 77-yard run by Thomas.

A 42-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Guardia with 1:51 remaining fell short and to the right, ending New Mexico States comeback hopes.

New Mexico State's Buck Pierce completed 26 of 38 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman tight end Andrew Mooney caught a season-high eight passes for 88 yards, as well as a two-point conversion.

North Texas' Nick Bazaldua kicked field goals of 40 yards and a career-high 51 yards in the fourth quarter.

Johnny Quinn had caught four passes for 92 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown pass from Hall that put the Mean Green ahead 9-0 in the first quarter.

North Texas led 9-7 at the half and scored on the opening drive of the third quarter as Thomas broke multiple tackles on a 33-yard run. North Texas found themselves with the ball on the Aggie 11 to start their next drive, following a blocked punt by Jonas Buckles. Moments later, Kevin Moore scored on a 3-yard run to give North Texas a 23-7 lead.

New Mexico State pulled to 23-15 late in the third quarter following a 9-yard pass from Pierce to Jeremy Weeks.