Texas-El Paso at North Texas

North Texas pummels UTEP 41-7


DENTON, Texas (AP) Brandin Byrd rushed for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns as North Texas walloped UTEP 41-7 on Saturday.

The win keeps North Texas (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA) atop the C-USA West Division standings, a half-game ahead of Rice. The Mean Green defeated Rice a week ago.

Mean Green defense smothered UTEP (1-9, 0-5), blocking a punt and a field goal, tying the school record of eight sacks and allowing a season-low 184 yards of total offense.

North Texas piled up 471 yards of total offense, including 317 on the ground. Byrd scored TD runs of 2 and 82 yards and his 202-yard total is a career-best.

UTEP's Mack Leftwich, despite the eight sacks, completed 14 of 20 passes for 128 yards and a 22-yard TD to Jordan Leslie. Five North Texas defenders registered sacks, including Zach Orr who had a game-high 12 tackles.

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Scoring Summary
NTEXASBrandin Byrd 2 yd run (Zach Paul kick)
NTEXASDarvin Kidsy 0 yd blocked punt return (Zach Paul kick)
NTEXASAntoinne Jimmerson 5 yd run (Zach Paul kick)
NTEXASBrandin Byrd 82 yd run (Zach Paul kick)
UTEPJordan Leslie 22 yd pass from Mack Leftwich (Jay Mattox kick)
NTEXASCarlos Harris 42 yd pass from Derek Thompson (Zach Paul kick)
NTEXASZach Paul 31 yd FG
NTEXASZach Paul 25 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1322
Third Down Efficiency4-165-13
Fourth Down Efficiency1-11-1
Plays-Net Yards62-18467-471
Passing Yds128154
Kick Return Yds9820
Punt Return Yds1336
Time of Poss.33:626:54
Individual Stats
UTEP: Laquintus Dowell 6-28, Josh Bell 4-19, Nathan Jeffery 6-15, Aaron Jones 5-6, Autrey Golden 6-5, Mack Leftwich 15--17
NTEXAS: Brandin Byrd 18-202, Mark Lewis 7-27, Carlos Harris 1-26, Brelan Chancellor 1-21, Antoinne Jimmerson 8-20, Rex Rollins 2-19, Derek Thompson 5-4, Team 1--2
UTEP: Mack Leftwich 14-20-128-1
NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 10-24-154-0
UTEP: Jordan Leslie 5-41, Ian Hamilton 2-29, Craig Wenrick 2-20, Eric Tomlinson 2-18, Josh Bell 1-9, Kevin Perry 1-6, Devin Patterson 1-5
NTEXAS: Drew Miller 3-44, Darnell Smith 3-32, Brelan Chancellor 2-25, Carlos Harris 1-42, Marcus Smith 1-11
Texas-El Paso5th Conference USA West2-64-8
North Texas4th Conference USA West3-55-8

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