DENTON, Texas -- Mason Fine threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns to lead North Texas past Abilene Christian 51-31 in a season opener on Saturday night.
North Texas scored 31-unanswered points in the first half with Fine connecting with Pirtle on TD throws of 32, 17 and 12 yards. Ethan Mooney's 29-yard field goal made it 31-0 with 2:45 left in the half. After an Abilene Christian touchdown with 1:01 to go, Deion Hair-Griffin returned the kickoff 96 yards for another Mean Green score, stretching it to 38-7.
The Wildcats outscored North Texas 21-13 in the second half but the Mean Green held on for the win.
Anthony finished with 273 yards and a touchdown passing for the Wildcats. Tracy James ran for 106 yards and two scores.
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