DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – North Texas needed to win its final five regular-season games to become bowl eligible. The Mean Green did it – and the last victory was the most noteworthy of the bunch.

North Texas knocked No. 15 UTSA from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 45-23 blowout Saturday, ending their dreams of a perfect season.

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North Texas running back DeAndre Torrey, left, celebrates near tight end Asher Alberding. (Credit: AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn)

The Mean Green improved their own record to 6-6, becoming one of 83 teams to reach bowl eligibility this season.

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With enough slots for 82 bowl teams, one eligible team will be left out.

For a while, it looked like there might not be enough six-win teams to fill the spots, but upset victories by North Texas, Virginia Tech, Tulsa and LSU pushed the number higher.

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CBSDFW.com Staff