Bobby Daniels scored three touchdowns in an exciting first quarter that enabled North Texas State to win its first game of the year, 38-16, over New Mexico State yesterday in Denton, Tex.

North Texas State is 1-5, New Mexico State 1-4.

Daniels scored from the two on the Eagles' first possession. That score, which ended a 12-play, 67-yard drive, was North Texas' first touchdown in the first half all season.

Daniels, who finished with 102 yards on 21 carries, made it 14-0 when he scored from five yards out after North Texas got the ball on a New Mexico fumble.

He got his third touchdown of the quarter minutes later when he plunged over from the one.

Pete Harvey made it 28-0 in the first quarter when he caught Rusty Hill's 40-yard scoring pass.

New Mexico State finally scored on a one-yard run by James Hebert, but fullback Lee English gave North Texas a 28-point halftime advantage with a one-yard run.

North Texas got 35 points in the first half, more than they had scored in five previous games this season.

New Mexico State's Javier Holquin scored on a four-yard pass from Jamie McAlister midway in the third quarter.

Lonnie Green kicked a 21-yard field goal in the fourth period to end North Texas scoring and Mark Ceballos kicked a 47-yard field goal for New Mexico State at the final gun.