North Texas 24, Indiana 21

Lance Dunbar made up for two lost fumbles in the first quarter

by gaining 279 all-purpose yards, Derek Thompson threw three

touchdown passes and Dan McCarney earned his first victory at North

Texas as the Mean Green defeated Indiana 24-21 Saturday night.

Dunbar, North Texas’ leading rusher the past two seasons, had a

career-high 152 yards receiving and added 127 more rushing. After

losing fumbles on consecutive drives in the opening quarter, Dunbar

caught an 83-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter that

gave North Texas (1-3) its first score.

Indiana (1-3) trailed 24-0 before storming back in the fourth

quarter. Backup Dusty Kiel threw two touchdown passes in the final

6 minutes, including a 67-yarder to Kofi Hughes that made it

24-21.

North Texas recovered the ensuing onside kick with 1:05 left to

secure McCarney’s first victory since coaching Iowa State in

2006.