Mean Green Wins 23rd Straight Sun Belt Victory

Lafayette, LA (11/5/04) North Texas freshman Jamario Thomas ran for 203 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, giving the Mean Green a 27-17 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette and its 23rd consecutive Sun Belt win on Friday night in Lafayette.


The Ragin’ Cajuns (4-5, 2-3) came back from a 14-0 first quarter deficit, but North Texas (5-4, 5-0) was able to stay one score ahead for the entire game.


Thomas finished the game with 203 rushing yards, giving him the NCAA Division I-A record for most 200-yard games as a freshman with five (breaking the record of four by Herschel Walker of Georgia and Ron Dayne of Wisconsin). He also became the only player in North Texas history to have five 200-yard games in his career and the only player in the nation to have five 200-yard games this season.


North Texas scored 17 points in the first quarter, which was the most points the Mean Green has scored in the opening quarter since it scored 21 against Arkansas State last year. The Mean Green capitalized on two early Ragin’ Cajun errors early in the game. Thomas rushed for a one-yard touchdown on North Texas’ second offensive play of the game after the Mean Green recovered a mishandled snap by UL-Lafayette.


Senior quarterback Scott Hall rushed for his first touchdown of the season when he took it in from one-yard out after Walter Priestley forced a fumble on UL Lafayette’s next drive. Hall was 9-of-15 in the game.


Louisiana-Lafayette controlled most of the second quarter and added a touchdown before the half to make the score, 17-10. The Ragin’ Cajuns would bring the score within three, 20-17, at the start of the fourth quarter before Thomas ran in for the long touchdown to halt the home team’s momentum.


Junior Nick Bazaldua helped out the offense with two field goals, extending his streak to eight straight attempts without a miss.


Phillip Graves led the defense with nine solo tackles.


North Texas returns home to Fouts Field for a conference matchup against Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.



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