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.
West Virginia running back Justin Crawford will skip the Mountaineers' bowl game to focus on preparing for the 2018 NFL draft.
Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs signed a new two-year contract through the 2019 season.
Oregon running back Royce Freeman is the latest high-profile player to sit out his team's bowl game to avoid the risk of injury with a potentially lucrative NFL career coming into focus.
UCF RB Adrian Killins says that Auburn is in for a rude awakening in the Peach Bowl because they haven't "seen any speed like we have here."
UCF running back Adrian Killins Jr. says the Knights will have a leg up on Auburn in the speed department because as a whole, SEC teams "don't have a lot of speed."
Florida State President John Thrasher believes his football facilities compare favorably to any in the country, and there is still some bad blood between he and Jimbo Fisher.