DENTON, Texas (AP) _ Paul Smith threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns as Tulsa handed North Texas its worst home loss 54-to-2.
Brandon Diles rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown, and Cauvey Jackson scored twice for Tulsa, which did not play leading rusher Uril Parrish. Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe didn't elaborate on the decision after the game.
Tulsa held the heralded North Texas tandem of Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas to 113 yards rushing on 24 carries. Cobbs led the Mean Green with 100 yards on 17 attempts but was tackled in the end zone for a safety late in the first quarter.
Smith went 12-for-21, throwing touchdown passes to Garrett Mills and Idris Moss.
Tulsa's victory snapped a 15-game losing streak in non-conference road games.