North Texas Gets 2nd Win, Knocks off FAU 
DENTON, Texas (10/8/11) - A 24-point explosion in the third quarter led to a 31-17 Mean Green victory against the Florida Atlantic football team at Apogee Stadium on Saturday night.

The Mean Green improves to 2-4 and 1-1 in the Sun Belt, while the Owls fall to 0-5 and 0-2 in the conference. North Texas won its first game against FAU at home and trails the series, 6-2. The Mean Green is now 2-1 at its new home this season.

"This was a big win for us," said North Texas head coach Dan McCarney. "It was a very good team win. We showed great effort on both sides of the football. It is great to get a win against Florida Atlantic and a great coach like Coach Schnellenberger. Everyone knows what he has meant to this great game and to get a win over him is a great accomplishment."

Lance Dunbar recorded his 19th career 100-yard rushing game with 105 yards tonight and moved into second all-time in career rushing yards with 3,589 yards. With his two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, Dunbar set the total points career record with 252. He surpassed Nick Bazaldua, who held the record at 247. Dunbar needs 462 more yards to surpass Patrick Cobbs as NT's all-time leading rusher.

For the second straight home game, North Texas held its opponent scoreless at the half.

Derek Thompson completed 13 of 27 passes for 108 yards. He rushed for a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

North Texas returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 15 when it faces Louisiana at 4 p.m. on the road.

ASU Rebounds to Beat ULM 
MONROE, La. (10/8/2011) — Arkansas State senior wide receiver Dwayne Frampton set a school record with 13 receptions and the Red Wolves overcame a 13-10 halftime deficit to defeat the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 24-19 in Sun Belt Conference action Saturday night at Malone Stadium. With the win, ASU improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in SBC action while ULM slipped to 1-4 on the season and 0-1 in league play.

Frampton’s 13 receptions were good for a career-high 147 yards and a touchdown, all coming from quarterback Ryan Aplin who completed 27-of-43 passes on the night for 261 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Red Wolves were led by junior cornerback Chaz Scales with a career-high 10 tackles. Kelsie McCray intercepted two passes on the night, cornerback Darryl Feemster added another pickoff. Safety A.J. Hills added nine tackles and a fumble recovery for the Red Wolves and linebackers Nathan Herrold and Demario Davis each added eight tackles, with Davis registering a quarterback sack as well.

The Red Wolves will now return to Jonesboro, where they will host Florida International in a nationally-televised Sun Belt Conference clash set for Oct. 18. Kickoff for the Tuesday night ESPN2 telecast is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Arkansas State Holds off Late ULM Rally 
MONROE, La. -- Arkansas State withheld a late ULM rally to defeat the Warhawks 24-19 Saturday night in Sun Belt Conference action at Malone Stadium. It was the first win by a road team in the series since 2004.

The Warhawks outgained the Red Wolves 367-345 on the night and dominated the time of possession by over 10 minutes. Each team turned the ball over four times and there were a combined 18 penalties -- 13 by Arkansas State. ULM held Arkansas State to just 88 yards of total offense in the second half.

Kolton Browning finished 21-of-39 for 197 yards and a touchdown and Wells was 5-of-15 for 101 yards and a score; Browning was intercepted twice and Wells once. Aplin was 27-of-43 for 261 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions. Dwayne Frampton finished the game with 13 catches for 147 yards.

The Warhawks hit the road for the fourth time in six games next week when they travel to Troy for a Sun Belt Conference game. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised live by the Sun Belt Network.

WKU Gets 1st Win of Season over MT
Murfreesboro, Tenn. - Kawaun Jakes completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Rainey on WKU's second overtime possession to give the Hilltoppers a dramatic 36-33 double-overtime victory over Middle Tennessee Thursday night at Floyd Stadium.

"I told our team heading into overtime that this is when big-time football teams step up, and if they wanted this win to go out and get it," said Hilltopper head coach Willie Taggart. "For our young team to come into a hostile environment and fight through adversity, it can be a big confidence booster moving forward. I'm really proud of these guys and really happy to get this win for Hilltopper nation."

"Coach Taggart has been preaching to us to keep believing in ourselves and playing for each other, and we did that tonight," said Rainey. "This feels great, and we're happy to get this win for our fans, but we have to stay focused. There is a lot of season left to play."

The Hilltoppers dominated time of possession in the first half, running 39 offensive plays and holding the ball for 21:24. The WKU defense was also able to pick off a pair of MTSU passes, including a diving interception by Derrius Brooks at the one-yard line. It also held the Blue Raiders to just 108 yard of offense, including 21 on the ground.

Defensively for WKU, Arius Wright finished with a game-high 11 tackles.

The Hilltoppers will continue their two-game roadtrip next Saturday (Oct. 15) when they visit Florida Atlantic for a 3 p.m. (CDT) contest with the Owls in Boca Raton.

Middle Tennessee Loses to WKU in Double Overtime 
(Thursday) MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee played the first overtime game of the Rick Stockstill era but fell short during the second extra frame as Western Kentucky escaped with a 36-33 victory Thursday night in front of 23,307 fans at Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and countless others watching live nationally on ESPNU.

The Blue Raiders gained a three-point advantage after the first possession of the second overtime period, but the Hilltoppers countered with the winning touchdown, and not needing the extra point, came away with the triumph. Bobby Rainey hauled in a seven-yard pass from Kawaun Jakes to cap a five-play possession.

Rainey finished with a game-high 146 yards on 37 carries, while adding 57 yards on six touchdowns for 203 all-purpose yards. Kadeem Jones had just 15 yards on the ground but scored twice. Jakes completed one-half of his 34 attempts for 222 yards and the winning touchdown, finding Jack Doyle the most often for six times and 100 yards.

Logan Kilgore registered 282 yards on 23-of-47 through the air and two touchdowns. Middle Tennessee nearly had two players reach the century mark on the ground, led by William Pratcher’s career-best 106. D.D. Kyles nearly caught him, falling 10 yards short to contribute 96 yards on a team-high 19 rushes.

Anthony Amos and Malcolm Beyah each recorded a team-high seven catches with Amos reaching the century mark at 100 yards, while Beyah had 55.

Middle Tennessee returns to action in just over two weeks, Oct. 22, when it travels to Boca Raton, Fla., to battle Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. Central in a Sun Belt Network televised game.


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