BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Lance Dunbar rushed for 215 yards and three touchdowns as North Texas defeated Western Kentucky 33-6 in a Sun Belt conference game Saturday.
It was the Mean Green's first game under interim coach Mike Canales - 10 days after North Texas (2-6, 2-3) dismissed Todd Dodge, who compiled a 6-37 record in parts of four seasons.
Dunbar made Canales' debut successful, outperforming Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey, who entered the game as the conference's leading rusher. Dunbar carried 30 times, while Rainey gained 100 yards on 23 carries.
Brandon Byrd also contributed to North Texas' ground game, which accounted for 311 of the Mean Green's 400 total yards. Byrd rushed five times for 83 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run with 4:14 left.
The Hilltoppers (1-7, 1-3) have lost 27 of 28 games, after breaking a 26-game losing streak last week.
|WKY||Monte Merrick 37 yd FG|
|NTX||Lance Dunbar 8 yd run (Zach Olen kick)|
|NTX||Zach Olen 48 yd FG|
|NTX||Lance Dunbar 3 yd run (missed kick)|
|WKY||Monte Merrick 46 yd FG|
|NTX||Zach Olen 24 yd FG|
|NTX||Brandin Byrd 53 yd run (Zach Olen kick)|
|NTX||Lance Dunbar 10 yd run (Zach Olen kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||4-12||5-14|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-2||1-2|
|Kick Return Yds||54||119|
|Punt Return Yds||0||19|
|Time of Poss.||29:12||30:48|
|NTX: Lance Dunbar 30-215, Brandin Byrd 5-83, Riley Dodge 5-16, Darius Carey 1--3|
|WKY: Bobby Rainey 23-100, Kawaun Jakes 7-39, Willie McNeal 3-12, Antonio Andrews 1-5|
|NTX: Riley Dodge 11-20-89-0|
|WKY: Kawaun Jakes 15-27-116-0|
|NTX: Darius Carey 3-22, Lance Dunbar 3-14, Willie Taylor 2-19, Alex Lott 1-13, Jamaal Jackson 1-11, Tyler Stradford 1-10|
|WKY: Bobby Rainey 5-57, Willie McNeal 3-24, Demetrius Coley 2-23, Rod Johnson 2--4, Donald Campbell 1-7, Antonio Andrews 1-5, Marcus Vasquez 1-4|
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