BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Derek Thompson threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns in North Texas' 20-14 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday.
It marks the third time since 1997 that North Texas has been 2-3 after five games. The Mean Green was also 2-3 in 2003 and 2005 and had started 1-4 or worse in every year since 2005.
Thompson's first touchdown pass, a 68-yard strike to Brelan Chancellor, opened scoring and Zach Olen's 48-yard field goal gave North Texas a 10-0 advantage.
Chancellor finished with 135 yards receiving on six catches.
Thompson's second TD pass, a 14-yarder to Drew Miller, gave the Mean Green a commanding 17-0 third-quarter lead.
FAU rallied, scoring 14 unanswered points and cutting the deficit to 17-14, but Olen converted his second field of the day to seal the win.
Graham Wilbert led FAU (1-4) with 142 passing yards on 21 of 34 attempts, but threw two interceptions.
|NTEXAS||Brelan Chancellor 68 yd pass from Derek Thompson (Zach Olen kick)|
|NTEXAS||Zach Olen 48 yd FG|
|NTEXAS||Drew Miller 14 yd pass from Derek Thompson (Zach Olen kick)|
|FAU||Damian Fortner 11 yd run (Mitch Anderson kick)|
|FAU||Graham Wilbert 11 yd run (Mitch Anderson kick)|
|NTEXAS||Zach Olen 28 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||3-14||8-17|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||0-3|
|Kick Return Yds||41||95|
|Punt Return Yds||7||0|
|Time of Poss.||29:8||30:52|
|NTEXAS: Antoinne Jimmerson 12-25, Brandin Byrd 11-21, Derek Thompson 3-14, Brelan Chancellor 1-0, Jeremy Brown 1--1, Team 2--3|
|FAU: Damian Fortner 17-63, Jonathan Wallace 9-37, Martese Jackson 1-26, Graham Wilbert 8-19, Daniel McKinney 1-7, Travis Jones 1-7|
|NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 18-30-251-1|
|FAU: Graham Wilbert 21-34-142-2|
|NTEXAS: Brelan Chancellor 6-135, Ivan Delgado 5-34, Jeremy Brown 2-22, Drew Miller 2-15, Antoinne Jimmerson 1-37, Brandin Byrd 1-5, Lynrick Pleasant 1-3|
|FAU: William Dukes 6-62, Byron Hankerson 4-36, Daniel McKinney 4-17, Damian Fortner 3-12, Jonathan Wallace 2-9, Alex Deleon 1-4, Travis Jones 1-2|
|North Texas||2nd Conference USA West||6-2||8-4|
|Florida Atlantic||4th Conference USA East||4-4||6-6|