DENTON, Texas (11/2/02) North Texas combined a dominating defense with a running attack unprecedented under head coach Darrell Dickey to defeat Louisiana Monroe 41-2 and improve to 3-0 in Sun Belt games and 4-5 overall.
It was the largest margin of victory ever for a Mean Green team in a homecoming game at Fouts Field. North Texas rushed for a season-high 322 yards which is the most ever under Dickey and the most since the Mean Green rushed for 334 against New Mexico State in 1997. The Mean Green had two backs go for over 100 yards in the game, which is the first time that has happened since 1969 when Jim Swords and Roy Myers each went over the century mark against Weber State. Kevin Galbreath led all rushers with 153 yards and two touchdowns, but it was Patrick Cobbs who tied a school record with four touchdown runs and a career-high 128 yards that stole the show. The Mean Green had a season-low five pass attempts and 24 passing yards in the game.
North Texas opened the scoring with a career-long 70-yard touchdown run from Galbreath, who moved into sixth place on the all-time leading rushers list with 1,944 career yards. Galbreath also broke a school record with his 13th career 100-yard rushing game. Cobbs scored his first touchdown on a seven-yard jaunt in the second quarter to increase the lead to 14-0. Louisiana-Monroe’s only score came when North Texas quarterback Andrew Smith slipped on the wet turf and fell without being touched for a safety.
North Texas took a 14-2 halftime lead into the locker room. The Mean Green continued to pound away in the second half as Galbreath rushed for a nine-yard touchdown to begin the second-half barrage. Cobbs then had touchdown runs of 33, 2 and 28 yards to round out the scoring.
The North Texas defense held an Indian offense that had averaged 505 yards of total offense in their last four games to just 186 yards. Linebacker Taylor Casey led all tacklers with 10 stops, including one for a loss and added a fumble recovery. The Mean Green has now won eight straight Sun Belt Conference games, dating back to the conference opening loss at Monroe last season and improved to a perfect 4-0 in Sun Belt games at Fouts Field.