James Hamilton also scored a touchdown for North Texas (1-3), which amassed 257 rushing yards. Dodge was 10-for-15 passing for 146 yards in the Mean Green's first victory over Florida Atlantic (1-2) in the seven game series.
North Texas stretched its lead to 21-10 on Hamilton's 32-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but the owls would close the gap on the ensuing possession. Jeff Van Camp's 36-yard touchdown pass to Rob Housler pulled Florida Atlantic within 21-17.
Florida Atlantic would threaten later marching to the Mean Green 28, but the North Texas defense stopped the potential game-winning drive.
Van Camp finished 20-for-31 for 273 yards.
University of Alabama running back Josh Jacobs couldn't help himself. Everyone knows that the tradition in the Third Saturday of October rivalry is for the winning side to break out victory cigars, which the Crimson Tide has done 11 straight times.
Undefeated UCF has to be wondering what it is going to take for the Knights to move up in the rankings.
Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin has offered a scholarship to the 11-year-old son of former USC and NFL quarterback Matt Leinart.
After being on the road for three of the last four games, South Florida coach Charlie Strong is looking forward to getting back to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium for Saturday's American Athletic Conference East Division matchup with Connecticut.
Illinois treks to Camp Randall Stadium for its second true road game of the season on Saturday and No. 23 Wisconsin is aiming to get back on track after one of the most humbling setbacks in the tenure of coach Paul Chryst.
Given recent history, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is taking nothing for granted when his No. 3-ranked Tigers host No. 16 N.C. State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.