North Texas fires coach after 66-7 loss to Portland State

DENTON, Texas (AP) Alex Kuresa threw three touchdown passes and Portland State routed North Texas 66-7 on Saturday night, a humiliating loss on cost Mean Green coach Dan McCarney his job.

McCarney was 22-32 in four-plus seasons with North Texas (0-5), and was fired about an hour after losing to Portland State (4-1) of the FCS in the Mean Green’s homecoming game.

Kuresa threw for 269 yards and had scoring strikes of 34, 56 and 60 yards. David Jones ran for two touchdowns, including a 70-yarder, and finished with 134 yards on nine carries. Kuresa connected with Jones on the 60-yard touchdown pass two plays after the second-half kickoff.

Nate Tago ran for two touchdowns, and Steven Long ran for one. Darnell Adams and Thomas Carter III had touchdown catches.

With about a minute to play, DaMarcus Smith threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Harris for North Texas. The Mean Green finished with just 198 yards of offense.