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Football: Wilson keeps rolling for Mean Green

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

Jeffery Wilson has been on a tear early this season, rolling up yards and touchdowns while picking off one legend after another on North Texas' career leaders list.

The senior came up with another big performance on Saturday in UNT's 46-43 win against UAB in both teams' Conference USA opener at Apogee Stadium.

Wilson exploded for 211 yards and a touchdown in one of the biggest outings of his career, both in terms of statistics and in the way he came through in clutch situations.

"Jeff ran the ball extremely hard like he always does," UNT coach Seth Littrell said. "He sees the holes very well. We blocked pretty decent up front. I felt one of their strengths is their defensive line. They apply a lot of pressure and are hard to move."

Wilson was productive despite facing a tough UAB defensive front and came up with one of the biggest plays of the game. UNT was driving for the game-winning field goal when Wilson broke off a 34-yard run to the UAB 10-yard line.

Wilson even managed to get down in the middle of the field to set Trevor Moore up with an easier kick. Moore came through with a 22-yard chip shot to win the game.

Wilson pushed his career rushing total to 2,508 yards and moved past Kevin Galbreath for fifth place on UNT's career rushing leaders list.

Wilson came into the night with 307 rushing yards and five touchdowns despite UNT's tough early schedule that included games at Iowa and SMU.

Wilson's 211 yards surpassed his previous high of 188 set against Marshall last season.

"I give all the credit in the world to the guys up front," Wilson said. "It was just a matter of being patient and finding the holes."

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.