Middle Tennessee at North Texas

North Texas breaks away from Middle Tennessee 34-7


DENTON, Texas (AP) Reggie Pegram scored two touchdowns, and a pivotal burst of 17 unanswered points late in the second quarter lifted North Texas over Middle Tennessee 34-7 on Saturday night.

The teams traded turnovers in the early going and were tied 7-7 until the Mean Green (3-3, 1-1 Conference USA) put the game out of reach. Brandin Byrd's 1-yard run capped a 12-play drive putting North Texas ahead for good, and one play later Laraimie Lee returned an interception 20 yards as the Mean Green scored twice in just 15 seconds. Brelan Chancellor's 55-yard punt return set up a 21-yard Zach Paul field goal for a 24-7 halftime lead.

Middle Tennessee (3-4, 1-2) amassed only 66 yards passing and 139 on the ground.

Byrd matched that with 139 yards for North Texas. Pegram added 88. Mean Green's season-high 303 yards rushing ended a drought of 41 yards over the previous two games.

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Scoring Summary
NTEXASReggie Pegram 5 yd run (Zach Paul kick)
MTSUAustin Grammer 5 yd run (Cody Clark kick)
NTEXASBrandin Byrd 1 yd run (Zach Paul kick)
NTEXASLairamie Lee 20 yd interception return (Zach Paul kick)
NTEXASZach Paul 21 yd FG
NTEXASZach Paul 22 yd FG
NTEXASReggie Pegram 4 yd run (Zach Paul kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1325
Third Down Efficiency5-1510-17
Fourth Down Efficiency0-10-0
Plays-Net Yards57-20580-416
Passing Yds66113
Kick Return Yds5517
Punt Return Yds078
Time of Poss.22:1137:49
Individual Stats
MTSU: Austin Grammer 15-106, Jordan Parker 5-28, Reggie Whatley 7-5
NTEXAS: Brandin Byrd 20-139, Reggie Pegram 22-88, Antoinne Jimmerson 10-72, Derek Thompson 7-2, Rex Rollins 1-2, Team 1-0
MTSU: Austin Grammer 6-22-36-1, Logan Kilgore 8-8-30-0
NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 13-19-113-2
MTSU: Chris Perkins 5-33, Marcus Henry 2-20, Kyle Griswould 2-17, Reggie Whatley 2--2, Jordan Parker 2--2, Christian Collis 1-0
NTEXAS: Darnell Smith 5-44, Marcus Smith 3-29, Brelan Chancellor 3-26, Reggie Pegram 1-7, Antoinne Jimmerson 1-7
Middle Tennessee3rd Conference USA East5-38-5
North Texas4th Conference USA West3-55-8

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