Jordan Love threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns and Jalen Greene had six catches for 151 yards and a score to help Utah State rout North Texas 52-13 in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday.

Interim coach Frank Maile directed the Aggies (11-2) after Matt Wells left to take the Texas Tech job.

Utah State running back Gerold Bright (8) scores a touchdown ahead of North Texas defensive back Jameel Moore (39) during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Utah State running back Gerold Bright (8) scores a touchdown ahead of North Texas defensive back Jameel Moore (39) during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Love completed 21 of 43 passes with one interception. D.J. William had two interceptions, helping Utah State ground high-flying North Texas (9-4).

Utah State wide receiver Aaren Vaughns scores a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Utah State wide receiver Aaren Vaughns scores a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Aaren Vaughns caught two passes for 109 yards and two scores for the Aggies, Gerold Bright ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, and Darwin Thompson added 93 yards on 21 carries.

Utah State quarterback Jordan Love (10) scores a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Utah State quarterback Jordan Love (10) scores a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

North Texas quarterback Mason Fine was injured in the first quarter, and the Mean Green ended up using four quarterbacks. Jalen Guyton had four catches for 103 yards a score.

Utah State wide receiver Jalen Greene celebrates after scoring a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Utah State wide receiver Jalen Greene celebrates after scoring a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah State wide receiver Jalen Greene (21) catches a pass ahead of North Texas defensive back Nate Brooks (9) during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Utah State wide receiver Jalen Greene (21) catches a pass ahead of North Texas defensive back Nate Brooks (9) during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

UTAH STATE: Maile was tasked with preparing the Aggies with a staff of graduate assistants in coordinator spots. Players had to handle the distractions and constant questions over the future leadership of the Aggies and how it would affect their chances in the bowl game.

Utah State cornerback DJ Williams (7) intercept a pass intended for North Texas wide receiver Cudjoe Young (81) during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Utah State cornerback DJ Williams (7) intercept a pass intended for North Texas wide receiver Cudjoe Young (81) during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

NORTH TEXAS: Coach Seth Littrell announced this week he would stay with the Mean Green to build on what he started when he took over a team that was 1-11 in 2015. Since then, he has a 23-17 but has yet to win a bowl game.

Utah State wide receiver Aaren Vaughns catches a pass before scoring a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Utah State wide receiver Aaren Vaughns catches a pass before scoring a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

UP NEXT

North Texas running back DeAndre Torrey (13) scores a touchdown against Utah State during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
North Texas running back DeAndre Torrey (13) scores a touchdown against Utah State during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

UTAH STATE: Gary Andersen returns to Utah State as head coach and takes over a program that is rising. Sophomore quarterback Love and junior running back Bright are returning to build on an offense that broke a school record in touchdowns.

Utah State wide receiver Aaren Vaughns sprints to the end zone to score a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Utah State wide receiver Aaren Vaughns sprints to the end zone to score a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

NORTH TEXAS: Fine is expected to return next season as quarterback for his senior year. Many of his favorite receiving targets also are expected to return and they won’t have to adjust to a new head coach after all.

Utah State interim head coach Frank Maile, center, speaks to his players during a time out in the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game against North Texas in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Utah State interim head coach Frank Maile, center, speaks to his players during a time out in the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game against North Texas in Albuquerque, N. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

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Source: The Associated Press

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