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Florida Atlantic 20, North Texas 13

Sept. 11, 2004

DENTON, Texas (AP) - Doug Parker plunged into the end zone from a yard out with 29 seconds left to give Florida Atlantic a 20-13 win over North Texas on Saturday night.

The Owls (2-0), the fourth-year program coached by Howard Schnellenberger, got the winning points on their last offensive play for the second straight week. They shocked Hawaii 35-28 in their opener.

North Texas (0-2) had one more drive, but Scott Hall's last three long passes were knocked down to end the game.

Parker ran for 126 yards on 27 carries, including another 1-yard TD in the first quarter. Mark Myers kicked two field goals (42 and 19 yards) and Jared Allen completed 18 of 25 passes for 245 yards.

Patrick Cobbs, the nation's leading rusher last season, left midway through the third quarter with what North Texas officials said was a sprained left knee. The injury will be evaluated Monday.

Held to 1 yard on eight carries in the season-opening 65-0 loss at No. 7 Texas, Cobbs had 57 yards on 20 carries before getting hurt.

Myers' 19-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter gave Florida Atlantic a 13-3 lead.

North Texas got to 13-10 when Cobbs' replacement, Kevin Moore, scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down with 7:12 left. Moore was stopped for no gain the previous two plays.

The Mean Green, set up at the 47 when Derek Mendoza recovered a fumble, tied the game on Nick Bazaldua's 31-yard field goal with 1:25 left.

Bazaldua had a 45-yard kick on the opening drive of the second half blocked by Willie Hughley.

Florida Atlantic joins the Sun Belt Conference next season. The Mean Green have won the league's last three titles.



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