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North Texas 45, Florida Atlantic 28

Associated Press

DENTON, Texas - Austin Aune threw three touchdown passes to Jyaire Shorter in the first half to guide North Texas to a 45-28 victory over Florida Atlantic.

Aune hit Shorter for a 25-yard touchdown to open the scoring. Aune sandwiched touchdown throws to Shorter covering 2 and 25 yards around a pick-6 by Ridge Texada and North Texas (3-3, 2-0 Conference USA) led 28-7 with 5:36 left in the second quarter.

Florida Atlantic (2-4, 1-1) got within seven points at halftime after Teja Young picked off an Aune pass and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown. N'Kosi Perry threw a 35-yard scoring strike to Larry McCammon with 21 seconds left before intermission.

The Mean Green pulled away in the third quarter on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs by Ikaika Ragsdale and Isaiah Johnson, taking a 42-21 lead.

Aune completed 14 of 20 passes for 180 yards. Ragsdale carried 16 times for 119 yards.

Perry completed 26 of 50 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for FAU. LaJohntay Wester had 10 catches for 113 yards and a score.

North Texas finished with 300 yards on the ground, rushing 51 times.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter FlaAtlNorTx
NorTx TD 11:17 Jyaire Shorter 25 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 0 7
FlaAtl TD 7:46 N'Kosi Perry 12 yd run (Morgan Suarez kick) 7 7
Second Quarter FlaAtlNorTx
NorTx TD 14:56 Jyaire Shorter 2 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 7 14
NorTx TD 9:22 Ridge Texada 58 yd interception return (Ethan Mooney kick) 7 21
NorTx TD 5:36 Jyaire Shorter 25 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 7 28
FlaAtl TD 3:24 Teja Young 64 yd interception return (Morgan Suarez kick) 14 28
FlaAtl TD 0:09 Larry McCammon III 35 yd pass from N'Kosi Perry (Morgan Suarez kick) 21 28
Third Quarter FlaAtlNorTx
NorTx TD 9:56 Ikaika Ragsdale 1 yd run (Ethan Mooney kick) 21 35
NorTx TD 8:23 Isaiah Johnson 1 yd run (Ethan Mooney kick) 21 42
Fourth Quarter FlaAtlNorTx
FlaAtl TD 14:44 LaJohntay Wester 13 yd pass from N'Kosi Perry (Morgan Suarez kick) 28 42
NorTx FG 3:59 Ethan Mooney 43 yd FG 28 45
Team Stats
  Florida Atlantic North Texas
First downs 24 21
  Rushing 8 12
  Passing 15 8
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 8-19, 42% 4-12, 33%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 29-137 51-300
Passing Yards 295 181
Return Yards 75 146
Completions-Attempts-Int 26-50-2 15-21-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--10 2--4
Punts 6 5
Punts-Average 43.2 40.8
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 3-14 9-69
Time of Possession 26:26 33:34
Florida Atlantic Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Perry 26 50 295 2 2
North Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Aune 14 20 180 3 1
S. Earle 1 1 1 0 0
Florida Atlantic Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. McCammon III 15 79 5.3 0
Z. Mobley 7 27 3.9 0
N. Perry 5 27 5.4 1
J. Posey 1 5 5.0 0
L. Wester 1 -1 -1.0 0
North Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Ragsdale 16 119 7.4 1
A. Adeyi 6 75 12.5 0
O. Adaway III 16 71 4.4 0
I. Johnson 6 17 2.8 1
S. Earle 2 10 5.0 0
A. Aune 4 9 2.3 0
Florida Atlantic Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Wester 10 113 11.3 1
J. Burton 6 61 10.2 0
L. McCammon III 2 43 21.5 1
J. Edrine 4 42 10.5 0
J. Young 3 31 10.3 0
T. Johnson 1 5 5.0 0
North Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Burns 3 69 23.0 0
J. Shorter 3 52 17.3 3
V. Gumms 3 22 7.3 0
J. Roberts 1 20 20.0 0
K. Horton 1 8 8.0 0
J. Smart 2 7 3.5 0
I. Johnson 1 2 2.0 0
O. Adaway III 1 1 1.0 0
Florida Atlantic Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Young 1 64
North Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Texada 2 60
Florida Atlantic Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Thompson 6 259 43.2
North Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Rodriguez 5 204 40.8
Florida Atlantic Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Wester 1 -1 -1.0
North Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Burns 1 5 5.0
Florida Atlantic Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Platt 1 12 12.0
North Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Horton 2 36 18.0
J. Smart 2 33 16.5
X. Kautai 1 12 12.0
Florida Atlantic Missed FG
Player Length
M. Suarez 40
North Texas Missed FG
Player Length




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