Middle Tennessee's stingy D beats North Texas 30-13
DENTON, Texas (AP) Brent Stockstill passed for 295 yards with a pair of touchdowns and Middle Tennessee's defense clamped down during a 30-13 victory over North Texas on Saturday night.
The win boosts the Blue Raiders to 4-1 (2-0 in Conference USA) for this first time since 2001 when they started 5-0.
After giving up a 17-play drive and an early touchdown, Middle Tennessee's defense held North Texas scoreless on its next nine possessions as Stockstill and Canon Rooker rang up five straight scores to lead 23-7 into the fourth quarter.
Rooker kicked a career-high three field goals and Stockstill went 24-of-45 passing with a pair of touchdowns. The defense forced North Texas (2-3, 1-1) to punt eight times, including six three-and-outs.
Mason Fine ended the drought with a 5-yard pass to Kelvin Smith with 1:57 to play. I'Tavius Smith bounced the Blue Raiders right back with a 46-yard TD after the ensuing onside kick.