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North Texas pummels UTEP 41-7
NORTH TEXAS 41, UTEP 7

DENTON, Texas (AP) -- Brandin Byrd rushed for 202 yards and a
pair of touchdowns as North Texas walloped UTEP 41-7 on
Saturday.

The win keeps North Texas (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA) atop the
C-USA West Division standings, a half-game ahead of Rice. The
Mean Green defeated Rice a week ago.

Mean Green defense smothered UTEP (1-9, 0-5), blocking a punt
and a field goal, tying the school record of eight sacks and
allowing a season-low 184 yards of total offense.

North Texas piled up 471 yards of total offense, including 317
on the ground. Byrd scored TD runs of 2 and 82 yards and his
202-yard total is a career-best.

UTEP's Mack Leftwich, despite the eight sacks, completed 14 of
20 passes for 128 yards and a 22-yard TD to Jordan Leslie. Five
North Texas defenders registered sacks, including Zach Orr who
had a game-high 12 tackles.

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