TULSA, Okla. -- Brandin Byrd ran 26 times for 251 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday to lead North Texas over Tulsa 42-10.
Byrd scored his three touchdowns consecutively over the second and third quarters to extend the Mean Green lead to 35-10. Byrd's second touchdown went for 91 yards.
Antoinne Jimmerson scored the lone points of the fourth quarter on his second rushing touchdown. Jimmerson added 85 yards and two touchdowns to the Mean Green running game. They outrushed Tulsa 372-80.
Trey Watts rushed 13 times for 75 yards to lead Tulsa's mostly ineffective offense.
South Carolina's loss to The Citadel, coupled with Georgia and Florida struggling in tight victories, was an embarrassment for the conference.
The Sooners, after defeating ranked opponents in consecutive weeks, jumped playoff contenders Iowa and Notre Dame into the top 4.
Greg Windham pass complete to Keith Heitzman for 5 yds for a TD (Josiah Yazdani KICK)
"I'm a big fan of not putting the cart before the horse," Shaw said of the Cardinal's playoff chances. There's still hope yet for two-loss Stanford.
Josiah Yazdani 22 yd FG GOOD
Matt Johnson run for 4 yds for a TD (Tyler Tate KICK)