DENTON (10/23/04) North Texas freshman Jamario Thomas broke his own single-game rushing record with 258 yards in the Mean Green’s 36-26 victory against New Mexico State on Saturday night at Fouts Field in front of a Homecoming crowd of 18, 729.
North Texas (3-4, 3-0) extended its Sun Belt Conference winning streak to 21 games and now stands atop the league by two games. The Mean Green holds the series advantage against the Aggies, 22-9-2, including 10 straight wins in Denton.
Thomas carried the ball 33 times for 258 yards and one touchdown. He broke the school’s single-game rushing record of 256 yards, which he set last game against Utah State. The freshman has now gained 998 yards this season and was two yards shy of becoming the fastest player to reach 1,000 yards. Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk each reached a 1,000 yards in seven games.
Thomas’ 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave North Texas a 16-7 lead and broke open the game for the Mean Green. NT went on to score 27 points in the second half. North Texas took its largest lead, 23-7, in the third quarter, after Kevin Moore scored on a three-yard run following a blocked punt by Jonas Buckles.
New Mexico State came within three, 29-26, with five minutes left in the game after an eight-yard run by Justine Buries. Scott Hall’s 10-yard pass to Andy Blount sealed the win for the Mean Green.
Junior Nick Bazaldua connected on two field goals in the fourth quarter, including a career-high 51-yard kick.
NT never trailed in the game. The defense put the first points on the board after senior Michael Pruitt registered a safety. Later, Hall connected with sophomore Johnny Quinn on a 47-yard pass to put NT ahead, 9-0.
The defense recorded six sacks in the game, including three by senior Adrian Awasom.
North Texas returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 30 against Louisiana-Monroe in Denton.