Scores

Final

Kansas State 49

(7-5, 3-5 Big 12)

North Texas 41

(3-9, 3-5 C-USA)

4:00 PM ET, November 27, 2010

1 2 3 4 T
KSU 7 14 21 749
UNT 20 0 14 741

Top Performers

Passing: R. Dodge (MCNS) - 123 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: L. Dunbar (UNT) - 22 CAR, 270 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Jackson (UNT) - 3 REC, 42 YDS, 1 TD

Kansas State rallies as North Texas drops Fouts Field finale

Associated Press

DENTON, Texas -- Daniel Thomas rushed for a career-high 269 yards and Kansas State closed the college home of "Mean" Joe Greene by rallying for a 49-41 victory against North Texas on Saturday.

The Wildcats (7-5) fell behind 20-7 in the first half after Lance Dunbar rushed for 161 yards and two long touchdowns in the first quarter alone.

Dunbar finished with 270 yards and three touchdowns for the Mean Green (3-9), who are leaving 58-year-old Fouts Field and moving across Interstate 35 into a new $78 million stadium next year.

Kansas State finally went ahead 21-20 on Carson Coffman's touchdown pass with 5 seconds left in the first half. The Wildcats scored twice early in the third quarter to build a cushion that withstood a wild second half.

The half-full stadium had at least as much Wildcat purple as Mean Green, but the Kansas State fans didn't have much to cheer for most of the first half.

Running through huge holes, Dunbar had a 52-yard scoring run on the fourth play of the game and went 63 yards for a 20-7 lead with 3:33 left in the first quarter.

In his final audition for the permanent job, interim North Texas coach Mike Canales did plenty of arm-pumping trying to keep his team in front. But Kansas State's varied rushing attack kept coming.

Backup quarterback Collin Klein came off the bench in the third quarter for a 6-yard scoring run and a nifty pitch to Braden Wilson for a 1-yard TD. Thomas took several direct snaps for runs that helped set up both scores.

The rest of the game mocked the legacy of Greene, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star who won four Super Bowls as part of the stingy Steel Curtain defense.

Dunbar went 36 yards to finish a 79-yard touchdown drive that pulled the Mean Green within 35-27, but Thomas answered with his second touchdown, a 3-yard run that capped a 56-yard march.

The teams traded 90-plus-yard kickoff returns that left Kansas State in front 49-34 early in the fourth quarter before North Texas drove another 77 yards to pull within 49-41. Dunbar scored from 17 yards on a fourth-down shovel pass from backup Chase Baine on the first snap after starter Riley Dodge left on a stretcher with a neck injury.

Dodge spent about 10 minutes on the field but had full movement before going to a hospital for X-rays.

Both defenses stiffened late in the fourth quarter, but not before the teams combined for 909 yards.

The final play at Fouts Field was a Hail Mary toss from Baine that traveled 60 yards before Kansas State intercepted it in the end zone.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KSU
UNT
1st Downs2116
Total Yards450459
Passing77161
Rushing373298
Penalties3-154-18
3rd Down Conversions14-203-9
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers12
Possession36:1923:41

Passing Leaders

Kansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Coffman9/20773.910
North TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dodge8/1212310.310

Rushing Leaders

Kansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas362697.5252
Coffman14342.418
North TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dunbar2227012.3363
Baine11919.0019

Receiving Leaders

Kansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harper22613.0119
Hilburn3206.708
North TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carey34515.0025
Jackson34214.0116

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKSUUNT
TD12:59Lance Dunbar 52 Yd Run (Zach Olen Kick) 07
TD09:17Daniel Thomas 23 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 77
TD06:27Jamaal Jackson 15 Yd Pass From Riley Dodge (Pat Failed) 713
TD03:33Lance Dunbar 63 Yd Run (Zach Olen Kick) 720
SECOND QUARTERKSUUNT
TD11:25Carson Coffman 1 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 1420
TD00:05Chris Harper 7 Yd Pass From Carson Coffman (Josh Cherry Kick) 2120
THIRD QUARTERKSUUNT
TD13:48Collin Klein 6 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 2820
TD07:33Braden Wilson 1 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 3520
TD02:46Lance Dunbar 36 Yd Run (Zach Olen Kick) 3527
TD00:13Daniel Thomas 3 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 4227
TD00:00Brelan Chancellor 93 Yd Kickoff Return (Zach Olen Kick) 4234
FOURTH QUARTERKSUUNT
TD14:46Aubrey Quarles 92 Yd Kickoff Return (Josh Cherry Kick) 4934
TD10:00Lance Dunbar 17 Yd Pass From Chase Baine (Zach Olen Kick) 4941