DENTON, Texas (AP) - Brandin Byrd rushed 85-yards for a touchdown to help North Texas beat South Alabama 24-14 on Saturday.
Byrd had 15 carries for 109 yards, including the touchdown in the third quarter.
Jeremy Brown had 11 carries for 61 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown run. Derek Thompson hit Drew Miller with a 2-yard pass for a score. Zach Olen, in addition to his points after touchdown, also had a field goal. Thompson was 12 of 28 for 106 yards for the Mean Green (4-6, 3-3 Sun Belt).
The game was 14-14 at halftime, but South Alabama (2-8, 1-5) was unable to put any points on the board in the second half.
Ross Metheny was 23 of 45 for 233 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown pass. Kendall Houston scored on a 1-yard run. He had 11 carries for 42 yards.
The Jaguars are in their first season in the Sun Belt Conference.
|SALA||Kendall Houston 1 yd run (Michel Chapuseaux kick)|
|NTEXAS||Jeremy Brown 51 yd run (Zach Olen kick)|
|SALA||Jereme Jones 13 yd pass from Ross Metheny (Michel Chapuseaux kick)|
|NTEXAS||Drew Miller 2 yd pass from Derek Thompson (Zach Olen kick)|
|NTEXAS||Brandin Byrd 85 yd run (Zach Olen kick)|
|NTEXAS||Zach Olen 33 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||8-20||2-15|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-4||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||72||11|
|Punt Return Yds||1||-2|
|Time of Poss.||33:8||26:52|
|SALA: Kendall Houston 11-42, Demetre Baker 6-39, T.J. Glover 8-36, Ross Metheny 8-17, Trey Fetner 2-1, Terrance Timmons 4-0, Team 1--2|
|NTEXAS: Brandin Byrd 15-109, Jeremy Brown 11-61, Antoinne Jimmerson 3-22, Carlos Harris 1-10, Team 1--2, Derek Thompson 1--3|
|SALA: Ross Metheny 23-45-233-0|
|NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 12-28-106-1|
|SALA: Bryant Lavender 6-36, Jereme Jones 5-72, Wes Saxton 3-38, T.J. Glover 3-2, Corey Besteda 2-31, Gabe Loper 2-26, Corey Waldon 1-14, Greg Hollinger 1-14|
|NTEXAS: Carlos Harris 3-35, Darnell Smith 2-23, Antoinne Jimmerson 2-18, Brandin Byrd 2-14, Ivan Delgado 1-10, Christopher Bynes 1-4, Drew Miller 1-2|
|South Alabama||3rd Sun Belt||4-3||6-6|
|North Texas||2nd Conference USA West||6-2||8-4|