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North Texas rallies to a 34-27 win over Ball State


DENTON, Texas (AP) Derek Thompson threw for 274 yards and rushed 72 yards to lead North Texas to a 34-27 come-from-behind win over Ball State Saturday.

North Texas (1-1) struggled early as Ball State (2-1) sprinted to a 20-3 lead in the first quarter.

Ball State combined offense and defense to get out front as Keith Wenning tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Willie Snead, Horactio Banks added a 77-yard touchdown run and Brian Jones scooped up a fumble, returning it 3 yards for another score.

The Mean Green relied on the foot of Zack Paul to keep them in the game as he made field goals of 48, 22, 47 and 19 yards.

North Texas first touchdown came late in the first half when Thompson hit Brelan Chancellor on a 25-yard pass. The Mean Green took the lead when Thompson scored on a 26-yard run with 9:47 left in the game.

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Scoring Summary
BALLSTWillie Snead 2 yd pass from Keith Wenning (failed 2pt pass)
NTEXASZach Paul 48 yd FG
BALLSTHoractio Banks 77 yd run (Scott Secor kick)
BALLSTBrian Jones 3 yd fumble return (Scott Secor kick)
NTEXASZach Paul 22 yd FG
NTEXASZach Paul 47 yd FG
BALLSTWillie Snead 27 yd pass from Keith Wenning (Scott Secor kick)
NTEXASBrelan Chancellor 25 yd pass from Derek Thompson (Zach Paul kick)
NTEXASReggie Pegram 32 yd run (Drew Miller 2pt pass from Derek Thompson)
NTEXASZach Paul 19 yd FG
NTEXASDerek Thompson 26 yd run (Zach Paul kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1931
Third Down Efficiency7-1210-19
Fourth Down Efficiency0-10-0
Plays-Net Yards66-49692-505
Passing Yds333274
Kick Return Yds41124
Punt Return Yds629
Time of Poss.22:2437:36
Individual Stats
BALLST: Horactio Banks 11-141, Zane Fakes 1-14, Keith Wenning 2-7, Teddy Williamson 6-1
NTEXAS: Brandin Byrd 18-79, Derek Thompson 6-72, Reggie Pegram 11-65, Brelan Chancellor 1-10, Daniel Prior 3-8, Andrew McNulty 1-6, Rex Rollins 1-0, Antoinne Jimmerson 1--4, Team 3--5
BALLST: Keith Wenning 27-46-333-2
NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 31-47-274-0
BALLST: Connor Ryan 7-52, Zane Fakes 6-57, Willie Snead 5-77, Jamill Smith 4-115, Jordan Williams 4-23, KeVonn Mabon 1-9
NTEXAS: Brelan Chancellor 9-88, Darnell Smith 9-64, Carlos Harris 6-54, Darvin Kidsy 4-47, Drew Miller 2-10, Brandin Byrd 1-11
Ball State1st Mid American West0-00-0
North Texas1st Conference USA West0-00-0

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