Sun Belt Conference
T.Y. Hilton gained 283 all-purpose yards as Florida International set school records and defeated North Texas 41-16 Thursday night in the season opener for the two Sun Belt Conference teams.
It took nearly a decade for Florida International to turn its fledgling football program into a Sun Belt Conference favorite.
Josh White had a team-best 17 points and Thompson added 15 for North Texas (22-11), which was attempting to win its second straight conference crown.
Tristan Thompson poured in 28 points to lead the Mean Green of North Texas to an 81-62 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.