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COL FB: Memphis 27, North Texas 17

Dec. 16, 2003 at 11:05 PM

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Danny Wimprine passed and ran for touchdowns in a near flawless first half Tuesday night as Memphis defeated North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl, 27-17.

The game kicked off the college boal season and marked the first post-season appearance for Memphis in 32 years.

Wimprine completed 10 of 11 passes for 162 yards in the opening half. He rushed for a seven-yard touchdown and tossed a 10-yard scoring strike to Chris Kelly, helping Memphis (9-4) build a 17-3 lead.

Wimprine finished 17 of 23 for 254 yards.

Patrick Cobbs, the nation's leading rusher, scored two touchdowns for North Texas (9-4) and finished with 110 yards -- 47 below his average.

With North Texas trailing, 17-10, Cobbs' 46-yard run was called back because of a holding penalty. It would have given the Mean Green a first down at the Memphis 13-yard line.

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