Scores

Final

North Texas 36

(3-4, 3-0 C-USA)

7:00 PM ET, October 23, 2004

Fouts Field, DENTON, TX

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NMSU
UNT
1st Downs2417
Total Yards354401
Passing249139
Rushing105262
Penalties9-679-117
3rd Down Conversions5-154-11
4th Down Conversions3-30-1
Turnovers00
Possession30:1729:43

Passing Leaders

New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Pierce26/382376.220-
Vincent1/11212.000-
North TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hall10/141399.920-

Rushing Leaders

New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones24221.0041
Buries7284.0111
North TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas332587.8177
Moore492.317

Receiving Leaders

New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mooney88811.0019
Dombrowski66811.3030
North TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Quinn49223.0147
Blount3248.0110

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNMSUUNT
S5:23MICHAEL PRUITT SAFETY02
TD4:42JOHNNY QUINN 47 YD PASS FROM SCOTT HALL (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 62 yards.
09
TD1:52DAVID ROMAKA 2 YD PASS FROM BUCK PIERCE (RYAN GUARDIA KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 69 yards.
79
THIRD QUARTERNMSUUNT
TD12:46JAMARIO THOMAS 33 YD RUN (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 51 yards.
716
TD9:39KEVIN MOORE 3 YD RUN (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 11 yards.
723
TD2:57JEREMY WEEKS 9 YD PASS FROM BUCK PIERCE (ANDREW MOONEY 2PT PASS FROM BUCK PIERCE)
Drive info: 14 plays, 63 yards.
1523
FOURTH QUARTERNMSUUNT
FG14:04NICK BAZALDUA 40 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 29 yards.
1526
FG11:12RYAN GUARDIA 40 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 46 yards.
1826
FG8:58NICK BAZALDUA 51 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yards.
1829
TD5:03JUSTINE BURIES 8 YD RUN (KENNETH BUCKLEY 2PT PASS FROM BUCK PIERCE)
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yards.
2629
TD3:11ANDY BLOUNT 10 YD PASS FROM SCOTT HALL (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 91 yards.
2636