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North Texas equals school points mark in 68-49 win

Nov 1, 2009 - 1:45 AM DENTON, Texas(AP) -- Someone had to win Saturday's game between the Sun Belt Conference's last two winless teams.

In North Texas' 68-49 offensive shootout victory over Western Kentucky, the deciding factor was that Western Kentucky's offense blinked and made the first mistake.

Riley Dodge accounted for seven touchdowns, four passing and three rushing, as North Texas (2-6, 1-4) matched its school record of 68 points set against Youngstown State in 1957.

The Hilltoppers (0-8, 0-4), in their first year in the Football Bowl Subdivision, saw their losing streak reach 16 games.

The Mean Green trailed by two touchdowns in the second quarter and 35-28 at halftime. But entering the fourth quarter, it was 49-49 thanks to Lance Dunbar's 71-yard touchdown run. Dunbar ended with 227 yards on 23 carries and his fifth consecutive game with more than 100 yards rushing.

"The biggest thing was that we didn't turn the ball over and give them a chance to go up a couple of scores," North Texas coach Todd Dodge said. "There was finally a break when we came up with the interception."

Jeremy Phillips intercepted a Kawaun Jakes pass and five plays later, Riley Dodge, the coach's son, ran 1 yard for a touchdown to put the Mean Green ahead to stay at 56-49.

Dodge, a redshirt freshman, entered Saturday with one rushing touchdown and three TD passes. He accounted for seven on Saturday, one short of the school record of eight set by Giovanni Vizza against Navy in 2007.

In that game, the highest-scoring game in Football Bowl Subdivision history, North Texas lost to Navy 74-62.

"That Navy game was a scoring fest when we were the first to blink. Fortunately, we were able to get that done this time," the coach said.

"As a father, I'm very proud of Riley. As the coach of this football team, I'm even more proud that he did a good job protecting the football. It was in his hands a lot."

In the first half, Riley Dodge completed 16 of 20 passes for 168 yards. He threw two touchdown passes to Darius Carey and a third to Jamaal Jackson to pull the Mean Green within 35-28 just 6 seconds before halftime.

In the second half, Dodge carried the ball nine times for 53 yards and all three of his rushing touchdowns. He was an efficient 8-for-10 for 94 yards and his final score, a 38-yard pass to Jackson, closed the scoring as North Texas outscored the Hilltoppers 19-0 in the fourth quarter. Dodge finished with 262 yards passing and 70 rushing.

"The way it started we knew that we were going to have to keep pace offensively," Riley Dodge said. "The defense did a nice job of making adjustments in the second half, and the big interception gave us the momentum that we needed to put the game away."

Western Kentucky hadn't scored more than 24 points in any game this season, but surpassed that total in less than 20 minutes against North Texas. The Hilltoppers erased a 14-7 deficit by scoring on Marell Booker's 61-yard run and Tyrell Hayden's 50-yard dash. Jakes' 3-yard pass to Jack Doyle put them ahead 28-14.

Bobby Rainey ran 10 times for 87 yards and two scores, and Hayden totaled 84 in seven carries as the Hilltoppers piled up 281 rushing yards.

But all that offense wasn't enough. North Texas is only 5-27 in coach Dodge's three seasons, and three of those victories are over Western Kentucky.

"We didnt finish the game when we needed to," Western Kentucky coach David Elson said. "We made mistakes, and they forced a couple of turnovers."






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    WKU 49, North Texas 68  FinalOct 31 9:36 PM


  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WKU 14 21 14 0 49
    NORTH TEXAS 14 14 21 19 68 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTH TEXAS - TD, JAMES HAMILTON 2 YD
    RUN (JEREMY KNOTT KICK),
    3:47. NORTH TEXAS 7-0
    WKU - TD, BOBBY RAINEY 6 YD RUN
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK), 4:03.
    WKU 7-7
    NORTH TEXAS - TD, DARIUS CAREY 14 YD
    PASS FRO

    Oct 31 7:49 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTH TEXAS
    JAMAAL JACKSON 38 YD PASS FROM RILEY DODGE
    (JEREMY KNOTT KICK)
    WKU 49
    NORTH TEXAS 68 3:52 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    WKU 49, North Texas 68  4th - 3:52Oct 31 7:49 PM


  • NCAAF
    SAFETY NORTH TEXAS
    EDDRICK GILMORE RAN OUT OF END ZONE
    WKU 49
    NORTH TEXAS 61 4:46 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    WKU 49, North Texas 61  4th - 4:46Oct 31 7:49 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG NORTH TEXAS
    JEREMY KNOTT 29 YD
    WKU 49
    NORTH TEXAS 59 5:03 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    WKU 49, North Texas 59  4th - 5:03Oct 31 7:44 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTH TEXAS
    RILEY DODGE 1 YD RUN
    (JEREMY KNOTT KICK)
    WKU 49
    NORTH TEXAS 56 12:32 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    WKU 49, North Texas 56  4th - 12:32Oct 31 7:29 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WKU 14 21 14 49
    NORTH TEXAS 14 14 21 49 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTH TEXAS - TD, JAMES HAMILTON 2 YD
    RUN (JEREMY KNOTT KICK),
    3:47. NORTH TEXAS 7-0
    WKU - TD, BOBBY RAINEY 6 YD RUN
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK), 4:03.
    WKU 7-7
    NORTH TEXAS - TD, DARIUS CAREY

    Oct 31 6:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTH TEXAS
    LANCE DUNBAR 71 YD RUN
    (JEREMY KNOTT KICK)
    WKU 49
    NORTH TEXAS 49 0:50 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    WKU 49, North Texas 49  3rd - 0:50Oct 31 6:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WKU
    MARELL BOOKER 1 YD RUN
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK)
    WKU 49
    NORTH TEXAS 42 1:37 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    WKU 49, North Texas 42  3rd - 1:37Oct 31 6:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTH TEXAS
    RILEY DODGE 18 YD RUN
    (JEREMY KNOTT KICK)
    WKU 42
    NORTH TEXAS 42 4:46 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    WKU 42, North Texas 42  3rd - 4:46Oct 31 6:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WKU
    BOBBY RAINEY 3 YD RUN
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK)
    WKU 42
    NORTH TEXAS 35 7:17 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    WKU 42, North Texas 35  3rd - 7:17Oct 31 6:48 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTH TEXAS
    RILEY DODGE 3 YD RUN
    (JEREMY KNOTT KICK)
    WKU 35
    NORTH TEXAS 35 10:38 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    WKU 35, North Texas 35  3rd - 10:38Oct 31 6:48 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WKU 14 21 35
    NORTH TEXAS 14 14 28 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTH TEXAS - TD, JAMES HAMILTON 2 YD
    RUN (JEREMY KNOTT KICK),
    3:47. NORTH TEXAS 7-0
    WKU - TD, BOBBY RAINEY 6 YD RUN
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK), 4:03.
    WKU 7-7
    NORTH TEXAS - TD, DARIUS CAREY 14 YD
    PA

    Oct 31 6:43 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTH TEXAS
    JAMAAL JACKSON 11 YD PASS FROM RILEY DODGE
    (JEREMY KNOTT KICK)
    WKU 35
    NORTH TEXAS 28 0:06 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    WKU 35, North Texas 28  2nd - 0:06Oct 31 6:03 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WKU
    MARCUS VASQUEZ 13 YD PASS FROM KAWAUN JAKES
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK)
    WKU 35
    NORTH TEXAS 21 0:47 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    WKU 35, North Texas 21  2nd - 0:47Oct 31 6:03 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTH TEXAS
    DARIUS CAREY 7 YD PASS FROM RILEY DODGE
    (JEREMY KNOTT KICK)
    WKU 28
    NORTH TEXAS 21 4:48 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    WKU 28, North Texas 21  2nd - 4:48Oct 31 5:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    WKU 21
    NORTH TEXAS 14 14:47 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    WKU 21, North Texas 14  2nd - 14:47Oct 31 5:22 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WKU 14 14
    NORTH TEXAS 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTH TEXAS - TD, JAMES HAMILTON 2 YD
    RUN (JEREMY KNOTT KICK),
    3:47. NORTH TEXAS 7-0
    WKU - TD, BOBBY RAINEY 6 YD RUN
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK), 4:03.
    WKU 7-7
    NORTH TEXAS - TD, DARIUS CAREY

    WKU 14, North Texas 14  End of 1stOct 31 5:22 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WKU
    JACK DOYLE 3 YD PASS FROM KAWAUN JAKES
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK)
    WKU 28
    NORTH TEXAS 14 10:11 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    WKU 28, North Texas 14  2nd - 10:11Oct 31 5:22 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WKU
    TYRELL HAYDEN 50 YD RUN
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK)
    WKU 21
    NORTH TEXAS 14 14:47 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    WKU 21, North Texas 14  2nd - 14:47Oct 31 5:22 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WKU
    MARELL BOOKER 61 YD RUN
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK)
    WKU 14
    NORTH TEXAS 14 6:31 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    WKU 14, North Texas 14  1st - 6:31Oct 31 5:07 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTH TEXAS
    DARIUS CAREY 14 YD PASS FROM RILEY DODGE
    (JEREMY KNOTT KICK)
    WKU 7
    NORTH TEXAS 14 8:07 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    WKU 7, North Texas 14  1st - 8:07Oct 31 4:52 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WKU
    BOBBY RAINEY 6 YD RUN
    (CASEY TINIUS KICK)
    WKU 7
    NORTH TEXAS 7 10:57 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    WKU 7, North Texas 7  1st - 10:57Oct 31 4:42 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTH TEXAS
    JAMES HAMILTON 2 YD RUN
    (JEREMY KNOTT KICK)
    WKU 0
    NORTH TEXAS 7 11:13 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    WKU 0, North Texas 7  1st - 11:13Oct 31 4:42 PM