North Texas at Houston

Houston 44, North Texas 21


HOUSTON (AP) - Charles Sims set a career high with 210 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns, leading Houston to a 44-21 victory over North Texas on Saturday night.

Sims opened the scoring with a 5-yard run to cap the first drive of the game, then took a screen pass from David Piland 27 yards for another touchdown just before halftime. That put the Cougars (2-3) ahead 31-14.

Sims' previous career high was 207 yards rushing in last season's 73-17 victory over Tulane.

Piland, who was 31 of 41 for 321 yards, also connected with Dewayne Peace on a 16-yard score and added a rushing touchdown, as did Kenneth Farrow. Matt Hogan made all three of his field-goal attempts, including a 50-yarder, as Houston improved to 7-7 against the Mean Green (2-4).

Brandin Byrd led North Texas with 96 yards rushing, and Jeremy Brown, Antoinne Jimmerson and quarterback Derek Thompson ran for scores.

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Scoring Summary
HOUCharles Sims 5 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUDeWayne Peace 16 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUMatt Hogan 21 yd FG
NTEXASAntoinne Jimmerson 1 yd run (Zach Olen kick)
HOUKenneth Farrow 48 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
NTEXASJeremy Brown 48 yd run (Zach Olen kick)
HOUCharles Sims 27 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
NTEXASDerek Thompson 7 yd run (Zach Olen kick)
HOUMatt Hogan 50 yd FG
HOUDavid Piland 5 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUMatt Hogan 23 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs2535
Third Down Efficiency5-144-10
Fourth Down Efficiency1-30-1
Plays-Net Yards78-48379-623
Passing Yds252321
Kick Return Yds9133
Punt Return Yds00
Time of Poss.34:2825:32
Individual Stats
NTEXAS: Brandin Byrd 19-96, Jeremy Brown 7-80, Antoinne Jimmerson 9-37, Derek Thompson 3-9, Brelan Chancellor 2-9
HOU: Charles Sims 21-210, Kenneth Farrow 8-85, David Piland 2-13, Ryan Jackson 3--1, Team 2--2, Ronnie Williams 1--3
NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 20-38-252-2
HOU: David Piland 31-41-321-0, Charles Sims 0-1-0-0
NTEXAS: Ivan Delgado 4-85, Brelan Chancellor 4-44, Derrick Teegarden 3-30, Darnell Smith 2-28, Drew Miller 2-12, Jeremy Brown 1-36, Antoinne Jimmerson 1-10, Tanner Smith 1-4, Brandin Byrd 1-3, Carlos Harris 1-0
HOU: DeWayne Peace 9-83, Deontay Greenberry 6-71, Charles Sims 5-55, Shane Ros 4-61, Daniel Spencer 4-32, Xavier Maxwell 1-8, Marcus Williams 1-8, Kenneth Farrow 1-3
North Texas4th Conference USA West3-55-8
Houston3rd American Athletic West5-39-4

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