Scores

Final

Arkansas State 31

(6-5, 5-2 Sun Belt)

North Texas 24

(2-9, 2-5 C-USA)

2:00 PM ET, November 26, 2005

Fouts Field, DENTON, TX

1 2 3 4 T
ARST 7 0 17 731
UNT 3 14 0 724

Top Performers

Passing: N. Noce (ARST) - 205 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: P. Cobbs (UNT) - 37 CAR, 180 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Quinn (UNT) - 8 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD

Last-minute TD gives Arkansas St. win, Sun Belt share

DENTON, Texas (AP) -- Antonio Warren rushed for 105 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 30.4 seconds left, giving Arkansas State a 31-24 victory over North Texas and a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship on Saturday.

Arkansas State (6-5, 5-2 Sun Belt) won a tiebreaker and a trip to the New Orleans Bowl when Louisiana-Lafayette beat Louisiana-Monroe 54-21.

The bowl game will be Arkansas State's first postseason appearance since 1987, when it reached the Division I-AA quarterfinals.

North Texas (2-9, 2-5), the Sun Belt champions the past four years, lost its final six games of the season and was winless (0-5) at home for the first time since 1982.

Warren injured his right foot in the second quarter and briefly left the game before returning late in the third quarter. Shermar Bracey gained 139 yards in his place, including an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter.

Patrick Cobbs rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown for North Texas. Cobbs, the NCAA's rushing champion in 2003, surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in three years and eclipsed 4,000 yards for his career.

The Indians' game-winning drive was kept alive by Kevin Jones' 48-yard catch from Nick Noce on a third-and-8 with 1:30 left. Noce finished with 205 yards passing.

Time expired on the Mean Green's final drive, as Matt Phillips' pass fell incomplete at the 25-yard-line.

North Texas tied it at 24 with 5:24 remaining on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Phillips to James Mitchell.

The Dec. 20 New Orleans Bowl is being moved from the damaged Louisiana Superdome to Cajun Field on the campus of Louisiana-Lafayette.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARST
UNT
1st Downs1820
Total Yards442393
Passing205218
Rushing237175
Penalties6-527-70
3rd Down Conversions5-168-20
4th Down Conversions0-02-4
Turnovers02
Possession26:5333:07

Passing Leaders

Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Noce13/312056.610-
North TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Phillips6/13665.111-
Meager16/241526.311-

Rushing Leaders

Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bracey141399.9180
Warren191055.5122
North TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cobbs371804.9127
Spencer12121.0021

Receiving Leaders

Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Higgins36421.3135
Dejohnette33511.7017
North TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Quinn88010.0118
Nwigwe45814.5037

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARSTUNT
FG8:08NICK BAZALDUA 31 YD FG
Drive info: 10 plays, 66 yards.
03
TD2:51PATRICK HIGGINS 35 YD PASS FROM NICK NOCE (ERIC NEIHOUSE KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 49 yards.
73
SECOND QUARTERARSTUNT
TD8:24PATRICK COBBS 5 YD RUN (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yards.
710
TD0:03JOHNNY QUINN 3 YD PASS FROM DANIEL MEAGER (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 61 yards.
717
THIRD QUARTERARSTUNT
TD14:46SHERMAR BRACEY 80 YD RUN (ERIC NEIHOUSE KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yards.
1417
FG5:56ERIC NEIHOUSE 22 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 31 yards.
1717
TD1:50OREN O'NEAL 1 YD RUN (ERIC NEIHOUSE KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 71 yards.
2417
FOURTH QUARTERARSTUNT
TD5:24JAMES MITCHELL 4 YD PASS FROM MATT PHILLIPS (NICK BAZALDUA KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yards.
2424
TD0:30ANTONIO WARREN 1 YD RUN (ERIC NEIHOUSE KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 63 yards.
3124