Rice at North Texas

Jimmerson, Chancellor carry North Texas past Rice


DENTON, Texas (AP) Antoinne Jimmerson had a long touchdown run and Brelan Chancellor returned a punt for a score in a 1:35 span in the second quarter in North Texas' 28-16 victory over Rice on Thursday night.

Jimmerson scored on a 42-yard run and Chancellor added a 65-yard return to give the Mean Green (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) a 21-16 lead with 3:26 left in the first half.

Derek Thompson threw a 46-yard scoring pass to Jimmerson in the third quarter to help North Texas become bowl eligibility for the first time since 2004.

''We're not in a bowl yet, we're just bowl eligible,'' North Texas coach Dan McCarney said. ''We've got a lot of work to do. But this is a major milestone. That was a great example of character out there. ... It was just a fabulous effort by the whole team. It was a complete came, a complete victory.''

Jimmerson also had eight carries for 62 yards, and Thompson was 7 of 13 for 104 yards.

Taylor McHargue threw two touchdown passes for Rice (6-3, 4-1) in the second quarter, a 21-yarder to Turner Petersen and a 32-yarder to Jordan Taylor. McHargue was 18 of 28 for 222 yards, and Charles Ross ran for 101 yards on 18 carries. Ross has five 100-yard games this season and nine overall.

Rice opened the scoring with a safety and North Texas took the lead on Zachary Orr's 55-yard fumble return with 41 seconds left in the first quarter.

The loss ended Rice's winning streak at five and its Conference USA streak at eight.

After a tipped-pass interception in the fourth quarter, Rice drove to a first-and-goal at the 1. The Mean Green stopped the Owls four times, only to see Rice get an extra set on a penalty. But North Texas stopped the Owls four more times, capping the stand with an 11-yard loss on the final fourth-down play.

''I was just blown away by that goal-line stand,'' McCarney said. ''It was really representative of this team's toughness, its never-say-die attitude.''

Defensive back Kenny Buyers had a team-high 10 tackles

''Everyone was just doing their job,'' Buyers said. ''It's just the best feeling.''

Rice's last hope was killed by Marcus Trice's second interception.

''This is not the ceiling for this team,'' McCarney said. ''We've got three games left and a lot to play for. There's a lot of hunger down in that locker room. Now let's take it from here, keep the edge, keep the hunger.''

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Scoring Summary
RICE Team safety
NTEXASZach Orr 55 yd fumble return (Zach Paul kick)
RICETurner Petersen 21 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)
RICEJordan Taylor 32 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)
NTEXASAntoinne Jimmerson 42 yd run (Zach Paul kick)
NTEXASBrelan Chancellor 65 yd punt return (Zach Paul kick)
NTEXASAntoinne Jimmerson 46 yd pass from Derek Thompson (Zach Paul kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2013
Third Down Efficiency2-137-15
Fourth Down Efficiency1-30-1
Plays-Net Yards70-35556-253
Passing Yds222104
Kick Return Yds3626
Punt Return Yds1484
Time of Poss.31:3128:29
Individual Stats
RICE: Charles Ross 18-101, Taylor McHargue 15-30, Darik Dillard 6-7, Turner Petersen 2-0, Jeremy Eddington 1--5
NTEXAS: Antoinne Jimmerson 8-62, Brandin Byrd 20-61, Derek Thompson 6-24, Rex Rollins 4-16, Richard Abbe 2-6, Brelan Chancellor 1-6, Team 2--26
RICE: Taylor McHargue 18-28-222-2
NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 7-13-104-1
RICE: Donte Moore 6-52, Jordan Taylor 5-71, Turner Petersen 4-61, Dennis Parks 2-31, Darik Dillard 1-7
NTEXAS: Carlos Harris 3-29, Brelan Chancellor 2-23, Antoinne Jimmerson 1-46, Darvin Kidsy 1-6
Rice5th Conference USA West2-63-9
North Texas4th Conference USA West3-55-8

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