Denton (10/20/01) The North Texas football team (2-5, 2-1) exploded for four touchdowns in the second quarter to grab a commanding 28-0 halftime lead that eventually turned into a 45-0 thumping of Arkansas State (1-5, 1-1) on Saturday afternoon.
The Mean Green captured its second consecutive victory and improved to 2-1 in Sun Belt Conference play while the Indians dropped to 1-1 in league action. North Texas quarterback Scott Hall passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the victory, while Kevin Galbreath surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark for the third consecutive game and scored two rushing touchdowns. Hall completed six passes in 10 attempts for 143 yards, while Galbreath chewed up 103 yards on the ground.
North Texas scored on its first three possessions of the second quarter to open up a 21-0 advantage. The Mean Green broke a scoreless tie early in the second quarter off the strength of 78-yard drive that was capped off by a 23-yard pass from Hall to tight end Randy Gardner with 11:29 remaining in the half.
Following its first touchdown, the Mean Green forced ASU into punts on back-to-back possessions and turned its opportunities with the ball into touchdown’s, both only taking one play. The first was a Hall connection with wide receiver George Marshall for 65 yards. UNT’s Cougar McBride blocked the Indians next punt inside the five-yard line and Tommy Harrison fell on the ball at the ASU three-yard line. Galbreath ate up the three-yards on the first play.
Hall’s 65-yard touchdown pass to Marshall was the longest of his career and Marshall’s longest reception of his career. It was the longest play by North Texas since an 80-yard pass from Spencer Stack to Broderick McGrew versus New Mexico State in 1999.
With less than 30 seconds remaining in the half, cornerback Don McGee intercepted his first pass of the season at the UNT 30-yard line and returned it 62 yards to the ASU eight-yard line. With just 14 seconds left, the Mean Green punched it into the endzone on three plays. Hall accounted for the score off a one-yard quarterback sneak.
UNT’s 28 first-half points were the most in the first half since the Mean Green scored 31 against Indiana State on Sept. 13, 1997.
Senior Jason Ball booted a 57-yard field goal with 6:50 left in the third quarter for the Mean Green's first score of the second half. The kick was the longest of his career adn tied th ethird longest in school history.
Galbreath scored on a three-yard run with 31 seconds left in the third quarter and freshman running back Patrick Cobbs hada two-yard scoring run with 2:15 remaining in the game to cap off the North Texas scoring.
North Texas piled up 277 yards of total offense to the Indians 157. The Mean Green came with a balanced attack, throwing for 143 yards and rushing for 134.