LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Loren Easly rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns as North Texas jumped out to an early lead and coasted to a 47-7 victory over Liberty on Saturday night to remain undefeated on the season.
Mason Fine hit Jaelon Darden on a 6-yard TD toss and found Rico Bussey Jr. on a 22-yard scoring strike to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The Mean Green (4-0) pushed the lead to 21-7 at the half. The North Texas defense kept Liberty off the scoreboard in the second half while adding three more touchdowns, capped by Nic Smith's 66-yard burst for the final score.
North Texas was coming off a 44-17 victory over Arkansas last week, its first win over an SEC opponent in more than 40 years.
The teams faced a 42-minute lightning delay before the game and another short one in the second half.
Fine threw for 185 yards on 16-of-27 passing with two touchdowns.
K.J. Costello threw for 231 yards and a touchdown, and Stanford remained in the thick of the Pac-12 North Division race with a 20-13 win over Arizona State on Thursday night.
Manny Wilkins pass is intercepted by Stanford's Paulson Adebo for ASU's third turnover of the night.
Justice Hansen threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores, helping Arkansas State beat Georgia State 51-35 on Thursday night.
Stanford RB Cameron Scarlett drives in a 1-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 20-6.
Stanford QB K. J. Costello finds a wide-open JJ Arcega-Whiteside for a 28-yard touchdown to give the Cardinal a 13-6 lead.
Stanford RB Bryce Love loves left and gets brought down awkwardly, then would limp to the bench.