Thomas Ties NCAA Records in 45-30 Win

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DENTON (10/30/04) Freshman Jamario Thomas tied two NCAA records as he ran for 226 yards and three touchdowns in North Texas’ 45-30 win against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night at Fouts Field.


The Mean Green (4-4, 4-0) won its fourth straight game and extended its Sun Belt Conference winning streak to 22 games. Louisiana-Monroe (3-5, 2-2) had its three-game winning streak snapped with tonight’s loss.


On his first carry of the game, Thomas ran for 10 yards and surpassed 1,000 yards on the season (finishing with 1,215 yards in seven games). With that first carry, he tied the NCAA Division I-A record for the earliest game a freshman reached 1,000 yards (seven games by Emmitt Smith, Florida, 1987; Marshall Faulk, San Diego State, 1991; Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma, 2004).


With his fourth rushing game of 200 yards or more, Thomas also tied the NCAA record for most games gaining 200 yards or more by a freshman (four by Herschel Walker, Georgia, 1980 and Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, 1996).


Thomas’ 17-yard touchdown run on NT’s first possession followed by Johnny Quinn’s 85-yard punt return for a touchdown gave the Mean Green an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Louisiana-Monroe would respond with a touchdown to come within seven, but that’s as close as the Indians would get in the game.


Two more Thomas rushing touchdowns in the second quarter gave NT a 28-10 halftime lead. After a Nick Balzadua 49-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, NT took its largest lead of the game, 45-17.


Quarterback Scott Hall was 8-for-12 and threw for 145 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to senior Andy Blount that gave the Mean Green a 35-17 advantage. It was the longest reception of Blount’s career.


Defensively, T.J. Covington recorded a career-high nine total tackles. Senior Adrian Awasom forced a fumble, and Walter Priestley and Markeith Knowlton each had an interception.


North Texas returns to action on Friday, Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. against Louisiana-Lafayette in Lafayette.



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