DENTON, Texas -- 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.
Romello Ross scored four touchdowns and Central Michigan beat Eastern Michigan 35-28 on Friday.
Marquis Young run for 15 yds to the Buff 26 Marquis Young fumbled, forced by Ryan Williamson, recovered by Buff Boise Ross
Adam Mitcheson 22 yd FG GOOD
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Drew Brown 39 yd FG GOOD
Blake Frohnapfel pass intercepted Brandon Berry return for 13 yds to the UMass 27