DENTON, Texas (AP) - Paul Smith threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns as Tulsa handed North Texas its worst home loss 54-2 Saturday night.
Brandon Diles rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown, and Cauvey Jackson scored twice for Tulsa (1-2), which did not play leading rusher Uril Parrish. Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe did not elaborate on the decision after the game.
Tulsa held the heralded North Texas tandem of Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas to 113 yards rushing on 24 carries. Cobbs led the Mean Green (1-1) with 100 yards on 17 attempts but was tackled in the end zone for a safety late in the first quarter.
Smith went 12-for-21, throwing touchdown passes to Garrett Mills and Idris Moss. Mills finished with eight catches for 143 yards.
Daniel Meager was 9-of-21 for 63 yards and threw two interceptions for North Texas, which had just 129 yards total offense. The Mean Green converted just two of 15 third downs.
Jackson finished with 49 yards on seven carries. Anthony Germany returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter for Tulsa.
Tulsa's victory snapped a 15-game losing streak in non-conference road games.