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Western Kentucky strikes fast, flattens North Texas, 45-7

North Texas running back Willy Ivery, right, and lineman Sam Rice, seen last week against Louisiana Tech, had little to celebrate Saturday during a 45-7 loss to Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. Ivery had 29 yards on five carries as the Mean Green offense was held to 232 yards total.
North Texas running back Willy Ivery, right, and lineman Sam Rice, seen last week against Louisiana Tech, had little to celebrate Saturday during a 45-7 loss to Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. Ivery had 29 yards on five carries as the Mean Green offense was held to 232 yards total. AP

Mike White threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns and Western Kentucky rolled to a 45-7 victory over North Texas on Saturday.

Western Kentucky (8-3, 6-1 C-USA) held the Mean Green (4-5, 2-4) to 232 total yards of offense, just 55 in the first half, and didn’t give up a score until the game was well out of reach.

The defending C-USA champion Hilltoppers won their fifth straight and control the race for the conference’s East Division title. The Hilltoppers can lock a spot in the conference championship game with a win at Marshall on Nov. 26.

White connected with Taywan Taylor in the first quarter for touchdown passes of 64 and 75 yards in the first six plays of the game.

Taylor led with 166 yards receiving and three scores. Anthony Wales had 121 yards rushing and ran for a 3-yard TD to put Western Kentucky up 31-0 at the half.

Western Kentucky had 543 yards of offense for 7.3 yards per play.

Andrew Tucker ran for a 71-yard TD run in the third quarter to avoid the shutout for North Texas.

Alabama transfer Alec Morris stepped in for freshman quarterback Mason Fine when Fine fumbled off a sack in the second quarter. Morris was 14 of 26 for 108 yards passing with an interception.

THE TAKEAWAY

WKU receiver Nicholas Norris had 66 yards receiving at halftime to reach 1,000 yards on the season. He joined Taylor (1,340 yards) as the first WKU wide receiver duo to have 1,000-yards receiving in the same season. Norris finished with 90 yards and two TDs.

North Texas lost its third straight and must win out to become bowl eligible under first-year coach Seth Littrell.

UP NEXT

Western Kentucky will have a week off before wrapping up the regular season at struggling Marshall on Nov. 26. North Texas hosts Southern Mississippi next Saturday.

 

North Texas

0

0

7

0

7

W. Kentucky

17

14

14

0

45

First Quarter

WKY—T.Taylor 64 pass from M.White (S. Simcox kick), 12:31

WKY—T.Taylor 75 pass from M.White (S. Simcox kick), 10:40

WKY—S.Simcox 24 FG, 6:22

Second Quarter

WKY—N.Norris 33 pass from M.White (Simcox kick), 9:35

WKY—A.Wales 3 run, (Simcox kick), 0:27

Third Quarter

WKY—N.Norris 24 pass from M.White (Simcox kick), 10:32

UNT—A.Tucker 71 run (T. Moore kick) 4:35

WKY—T.Taylor 4 pass from T. Ferguson (S. Simcox kick), 3:00

UNT

WKY

First downs

7

25

Rushes-yards

20-115

41-214

Passing

117

329

Comp-Att-Int

17-33-1

17-33-0

Returns yards

8-154

1-66

Fumbles-Lost

1-1

0-0

Penalties-Yards

8-66

9-55

Time of Possession

23:53

36:07

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—UNT, Tucker 3-82, Ivery 5-29, Wyche 4-7; Morris 1-3; Shanbour 1-0; Gray 1(minus-1); Fine 5-(minus-5). W. Kentucky, Wales 18-121, Trigg 15-56, Baker 6-40, White 1-0; Taylor 1-(minus-3).

PASSING—UNT, Morris 14-26-1-108, Fine 3-6-0-9, Shanbour 0-1-0-0; W. Kentucky, M.White 14-25-0-31, T.Ferguson 3-6-0-13, Eckels 0-2-0-0.

RECEIVING—UNT, Robinson 2-31; Wyche 1-18; Goree 4-18; Smith 1-17; Ivery 3-11; Buyers 3-9; Smiley 1-8; Thompson 1-5. W. Kentucky, T.Taylor 6-166, Norris 5-90, L.Jackson 2-24, Jernighan 1-20; Trigg 1-11; Wales 1-0.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—North Texas, Moore; W.Kentucky, Simcox.

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