North Texas Defeats Florida Atlantic

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    Chris Graythen
    NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 16: A fan of the North Texas Mean Green cheers for the team over the Memphis Tigers during round one of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 16, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

    Riley Dodge threw two touchdown passes to Darius Carey and North Texas beat Florida Atlantic 21-17 in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams on Saturday night.

    James Hamilton also scored a touchdown for North Texas (1-3), which amassed 257 rushing yards. Dodge was 10-for-15 passing for 146 yards in the Mean Green's first victory over Florida Atlantic (1-2) in the seven game series.

    North Texas stretched its lead to 21-10 on Hamilton's 32-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but the owls would close the gap on the ensuing possession. Jeff Van Camp's 36-yard touchdown pass to Rob Housler pulled Florida Atlantic within 21-17.

    Florida Atlantic would threaten later marching to the Mean Green 28, but the North Texas defense stopped the potential game-winning drive.

    Van Camp finished 20-for-31 for 273 yards.

    Florida Atlantic took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Alfred Morris, but North Texas answered on the next possession. A 23-yard pass from Dodge to Carey capped an 9-play, 80-yard drive to tie it.

    The Owls then pulled ahead on Ross Gornall's 30-yard field goal.

    North Texas took its first lead of the game on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Dodge to Carey to make it 14-10.