Scores

Final

North Texas 27

(5-4, 5-0 C-USA)

LA-Lafayette 17

(4-5, 2-3 Sun Belt)

10:00 PM ET, November 5, 2004

Cajun Field, LAFAYETTE, LA

1 2 3 4 T
UNT 17 0 3 727
ULL 3 7 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: J. Babb (ULL) - 169 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Thomas (UNT) - 36 CAR, 203 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Crist (ULL) - 6 REC, 61 YDS

Thomas rushes for 203 yards, two TDs in victory

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- Jamario Thomas, the nation's leading rusher, had two touchdowns and ran for 203 yards on 36 carries to lead North Texas to a 27-17 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday night.

Thomas scored on a 1-yard run early in the first quarter to get the Mean Green off to a quick start. By the end of the quarter, the Ragin' Cajuns trailed 17-3.

In the opening quarter, North Texas (5-4, 5-0 Sun Belt Conference) scored with 7:53 left on a 1-yard run by quarterback Scott Hall. The touchdown came after the Mean Green converted on fourth down at the 2-yard line. Hall rolled to the right side on a busted play into the end zone untouched to make it 14-0.

Nick Bazaldua tacked on a 23-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the first quarter.

After the two teams combined for 20 points in the first quarter, the defenses took charge of the second quarter.

But Louisiana-Lafayette (4-5, 2-3) battled back with Jerry Babb completing six straight passes to march the Cajuns from their own 34-yard line down to the NT 20.

A 10-yard completion to B.J. Crist moved the chains, setting up a first-and-goal. Three plays later Babb found Bill Sampy in the back of the end zone to cut the deficit to 17-10 with 1:08 left before halftime.

Bazaldua made it 20-10 for the Mean Green with a 26-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Chester Johnson scored on a 1-yard run for Louisiana-Lafayette to make it 20-17 with 13:12 left in the game.

But Thomas broke out for a 58-yard TD run 50 seconds later to pad North Texas's lead.

The Ragin' Cajuns were hurt by fumbles. Hall's TD run in the first came after Dwight Lindon dropped a ball in the backfield passed to him Babb. North Texas recovered at the UL 26.

Babb completed 24 of 36 passes for 169 yards. He was intercepted once. Hall connected on 9 of 15 passes for 104 yards and he was intercepted once.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNT
ULL
1st Downs1617
Total Yards314247
Passing104169
Rushing21078
Penalties6-445-56
3rd Down Conversions2-133-12
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers13
Possession32:5827:02

Passing Leaders

North TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hall9/151046.901-
Louisiana-LafayetteC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Babb24/361694.711-

Rushing Leaders

North TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas362035.6258
Moore362.0010
Louisiana-LafayetteCARYDSAVGTDLG
Babb12393.3019
Johnson7263.7110

Receiving Leaders

North TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Quinn36321.0028
Muzzy3227.309
Louisiana-LafayetteRECYDSAVGTDLG
Crist66110.2013
Smothers5234.609

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNTULL
TD12:25JAMARIO THOMAS 1 YD RUN (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 1 yards.
70
TD7:53SCOTT HALL 1 YD RUN (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 26 yards.
140
FG4:23SEAN COMISKEY 37 YD FG
Drive info: 10 plays, 60 yards.
143
FG0:29NICK BAZALDUA 23 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yards.
173
SECOND QUARTERUNTULL
TD1:08BILL SAMPY 3 YD PASS FROM JERRY BABB (SEAN COMISKEY KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 66 yards.
1710
THIRD QUARTERUNTULL
FG7:23NICK BAZALDUA 26 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 61 yards.
2010
FOURTH QUARTERUNTULL
TD13:12CHESTER JOHNSON 1 YD RUN (SEAN COMISKEY KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 45 yards.
2017
TD12:22JAMARIO THOMAS 58 YD RUN (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 83 yards.
2717