Scores

Final

W Kentucky 26

(7-5, 1-0 C-USA)

North Texas 27

(2-9, 1-5 C-USA)

4:00 PM ET, November 24, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
WKU 7 13 3 326
UNT 0 7 14 627

Top Performers

Passing: D. Wolke (WKU) - 129 YDS

Rushing: J. Thomas (UNT) - 16 CAR, 147 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: C. Fitzgerald (UNT) - 8 REC, 80 YDS

North Texas 27, W. Kentucky 26

Associated Press

DENTON, Texas (AP) -- Jamario Thomas ran for three second-half touchdowns to help North Texas rally for a 27-26 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday.

The Hilltoppers (7-5) had a chance to win with a minute to play, but Chris James' 38-yard field goal attempt fell short after a high snap.

WKU took leads of 14-0 and 20-7 in the second quarter but fumbled the second-half kickoff. Deavin Cox recovered for UNT (2-9). Three plays later, Thomas ran 8 yards for his first score.

Thomas' second touchdown, with 4:24 remaining in the third quarter, pulled the Mean Green within two at 23-21.

UNT's defense, which allowed 47 points per game in its first 10 contests, held Western Kentucky to James field goals of 26 and 44 yards in the second half.

The second of those field goals put WKU ahead 26-21 with 9:50 to play. North Texas came back with a six-play, 76-yard drive. Thomas went the final 42 yards to put the Mean Green ahead for the first time. He also ran for a first down that allowed UNT to run out the clock. Thomas finished with 147 yards in 16 carries.

The Hilltoppers knocked down a pass attempt for a 2-point conversion. They drove 41 yards to the UNT 21 before James' second miss of the game.

Two of Western Kentucky's three interceptions of Giovanni Vizza led to touchdowns.

Rashad Etheridge's 52-yard return set up Tyrell Hayden's 23-yard scoring run in the first quarter, and defensive end Terald Clark returned an interception for a touchdown 28 seconds before halftime. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed the extra-point attempt back 15 yards, and James missed the kick.

Quarterback David Wolke ran 10 yards for WKU's other touchdown in the second quarter.

North Texas moved within 14-7 when it blocked a punt and Chris Neal ran 5 yards for a touchdown.

Casey Fitzgerald's eight receptions increased his UNT record to 104 with one game to play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WKU
UNT
1st Downs2123
Total Yards349397
Passing123202
Rushing226195
Penalties11-1188-90
3rd Down Conversions3-134-13
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers23
Possession31:1628:44

Passing Leaders

Western KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wolke14/201296.500
North TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vizza20/422024.803

Rushing Leaders

Western KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hayden19975.1123
Wolke16774.8112
North TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas161479.2342
Vizza13302.3013

Receiving Leaders

Western KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hamilton77310.4031
Gaebler4297.3012
North TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fitzgerald88010.0021
Stickler33812.7021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWKUUNT
TD10:03Tyrell Hayden 23 Yd Run (Chris James Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 36 yds, :55
70
SECOND QUARTERWKUUNT
TD09:30David Wolke 10 Yd Run (Chris James Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 83 yds, 1:40
140
TD06:13Chris Neal 5 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Thomas Moreland Kick) 147
TD00:28Terald Clark 44 Yd Interception Return (Pat Failed) 207
THIRD QUARTERWKUUNT
TD13:52Jamario Thomas 8 Yd Run (Thomas Moreland Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 29 yds, :59
2014
FG08:57Chris James 26 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 60 yds, 4:49
2314
TD04:24Jamario Thomas 30 Yd Run (Thomas Moreland Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 73 yds, 2:07
2321
FOURTH QUARTERWKUUNT
FG09:50Chris James 44 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 58 yds, 5:10
2621
TD06:54Jamario Thomas 42 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed)
Drive: 6 plays, 76 yds, 2:50
2627