DENTON, Texas (AP) -- DeMarco McNair scored three touchdowns and Middle Tennessee took advantage of six North Texas turnovers in a 48-28 victory Saturday night.
Middle Tennessee (4-5, 3-1 Sun Belt) won its third straight game, while North Texas (1-7, 1-4) has dropped two in a row under first-year coach Todd Dodge, who made the rare jump from high schools to the highest college division.
McNair gained 62 yards rushing with two touchdowns and caught two passes for 14 yards and another score.
Dwight Dasher completed 16 of 21 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with a possible left knee sprain late in the second quarter. He will undergo an MRI exam Sunday.
North Texas freshman Giovanni Vizza threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score, but was intercepted four times. His former high school teammate and fellow freshman Sam Dibrell had a game-high eight catches and 121 yards, including his first touchdown. Dibrell entered the game with two career catches.
Middle Tennessee converted the four interceptions, a fumble recovery and one blocked punt into 16 points.
The Blue Raiders took a 30-21 lead 40 seconds before halftime when Joe Craddock, in his first play replacing Dasher, hit McNair for a 4-yard TD pass.
Vizza scored on a 2-yard run less than five minutes into the third quarter to pull the Mean Green within 30-28, but that was as close as they would get. Middle Tennessee scored the next 18 points, including consecutive safeties, to put the game away.
Both safeties came in the fourth quarter after David DeFatta pinned North Texas at its 1 on back-to-back punts. First, Vizza was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, then Jamario Thomas was tackled in the end zone by Erik Walden for a 41-28 Middle Tennessee lead.
Damon Nickson contributed his first two interceptions of the season for Middle Tennessee before he left with an ankle injury early in the third quarter.
The Mean Green outgained the Blue Raiders 383-335 in total yards, but they are now 0-4 when doing so this season.