HATTIESBURG, Miss. — North Texas entered its game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday on a notable run when it comes to scoring points.
That turned out to be an indication of what was to come for UNT during one of its best games offensively in recent memory in a 55-14 hammering of the Golden Eagles at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
UNT rolled up 529 yards of offense behind Derek Thompson, who threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns.
Running backs Brandin Byrd and Reggie Pegram each scored two rushing touchdowns, and Brelan Chancellor caught four passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.
UNT came into the night having scored at least 21 points in all seven of the games it had played this season for just the second time in the 98-year history of the program.
“It’s nice when we can march up and down the field, do what we want to do and be able to go with tempo,” Thompson said. “We ran 49 plays in the first half, which is awesome. You don’t see teams do that.”
UNT scored 41 points in the first half before kicking it into cruise control the rest of the night.
Seven players carried the ball for UNT, which had six players catch passes.
The 55 points UNT scored was its most in a road game since a 55-20 win over Southern Illinois in 1962.
“That is what we are looking for — depth, competition and more playmakers,” UNT head coach Dan McCarney said. “Don’t just go out there and compete — go make plays.”
UNT had several players do just that in one of its best all-around offensive outings in recent memory.
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