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
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
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
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.