DENTON (10/30/03) -- North Texas displayed dominating balance in all phases of its game -- offense, defense and special teams -- to shut out Troy State, 21-0, in a non-conference meeting between the future Sun Belt Conference opponents at Fouts Field on Thursday night.
The victory over Troy State, scheduled to become a Sun Belt member in 2004, keeps the Mean Green (6-3, 4-0) unbeaten at home in four games this season. North Texas has now won 11 of its last 12 games played at Fouts Field.
"My hat's off to Troy State because they had to come in here off a short week, they had to travel and they still played hard," said North Texas head coach Darrell Dickey. "I thought our defensive effort was outstanding. I thought we made some great plays on defense and I'm proud of the way they played."
Actually, the Mean Green was outstanding in all areas:
On offense, running back Patrick Cobbs rushed 106 yards -- his fifth straight game with 100 or more yards rushing -- to go over the 1,000-yard mark for the season with 1,019. His five consecutive 100-yard rushing games ties the school record set by Kevin Galbreath the previous two seasons.
On defense, the Mean Green came up with three interceptions of TSU quarterback Aaron Leak, with picks by Cody Spencer, Koryee Wyatt and Jonas Buckles. NT also held the Trojans to 211 total yards -- 89 under their season average -- and limited Troy State to just 87 yards rushing, marking the fourth straight opponent the Mean Green defense has held its opponent under 100 yards on the ground.
Finally, on special teams the Mean Green came up with a blocked punt (by Dominique Mackey) that resulted in Cobbs picking up the loose ball and racing eight yards for North Texas' final touchdown in the third quarter. Punter Brad Kadlubar also placed three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line and averaged 42 yards on the night.
North Texas posted a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of Cobbs rushes for touchdowns. He has now run for TDs in five straight games and seven of his last eight outings. His first score on a 22-yard burst came just two plays after Spencer's interception gave North Texas the ball at the Trojans' 23-yard line.
Cobbs' second score came with just 0:41 left in the period and capped off a 12-play, 75-yard drive by the Mean Green that ended with Cobbs slipping through the TSU defense for the final eight yards.
The three touchdowns for Cobbs marked the third time this season that he's done that, and it's the fifth time for a North Texas player to score three touchdowns in a game.
North Texas now has nine days to prepare for its return to Sun Belt Conference play on Nov. 8, when the Mean Green will play at Louisiana-Monroe in a 4:00 p.m. contest.