DENTON, Texas -- 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.
Ohio State remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and tied a poll record Sunday despite lagging support from voters. Meanwhile, No. 2 TCU and No. 3 Baylor edged forward and No. 4 Michigan State slipped.
Texas cornerback Kris Boyd has apologized for retweeting a Texas A&M fan during halftime of Texas' 50-7 loss to TCU on Saturday.
The Big 12 on Sunday acknowledged an officiating mistake that incorrectly awarded Oklahoma State a first down Saturday and said the officials involved would be disciplined.
Georgia coach Mark Richt says he's sticking with Greyson Lambert, who was just 10-for-24 for 86 yards in a loss to Alabama, as the Bulldogs starting quarterback.
Will Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers -- all in the first half -- and No. 25 Florida downed third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night.
Leonard Fournette highlighted his SEC-record third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 LSU overcame Eastern Michigan 44-22 on Saturday night.