DENTON, Texas (9/12/09) - Ohio connected on a two-point conversion in the second overtime to give the Bobcats a 31-30 victory against North Texas on Saturday night at Fouts Field.
The Mean Green falls to 1-1, while the Bobcats even their record at 1-1.
On a rain-soaked field, the Mean Green and the Bobcats both struggled to hold onto the ball. The two teams combined for seven turnovers. Each team threw an interception and both resulted in touchdowns.
North Texas took an early 10-0 advantage, but Ohio pecked away at the lead. The Bobcats took their first lead, 20-17, in the fourth quarter, and North Texas sent it into overtime with a field goal. The two teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime period, and North Texas took the first lead in the second overtime with a touchdown and an extra point.
After North Texas went ahead, 30-23, on a Cam Montgomery touchdown in the second overtime, Theo Scott connected with Taylor Price twice to secure the win. First, Scott hit Price on fourth down from 15 yards out to come within one point of NT, 30-29. The Bobcats went for the two-point conversion from the two-yard line after a roughing the passer penalty against North Texas. Scott connected with Price again for the win.
Montgomery rushed for 88 yards on 22 carries in the game. Riley Dodge completed 12 of 20 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown, while Nathan Tune went 9-for-14 for 69 yards. Tune came in the game at the end of the third quarter after Dodge hurt his shoulder and had to come out of the game.
Jeremy Knott tied the game, 20-20, in regulation with an 18-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in the game. The Mean Green had reached the one-yard line off a nine-yard pass from Tune to Montgomery but was unable to get into the endzone on the next two rushes.
Kenny Jackson gave Ohio its first lead of the game, 20-17, with a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown with 8:44 left in the game. It was the first time that North Texas has trailed this season.
North Texas took a 10-0 lead to start the game after Royce Hill forced two Bobcat turnovers. Hill recovered a fumble at 2:26 in the first quarter, leading to a Jeremy Knott 32-yard field goal. Just over a minute later, Hill intercepted a pass on the Ohio 38-yard line. Six plays later, Cam Montgomery rushed into the endzone to give North Texas its second score.
Matt Weller put Ohio on the scoreboard with two field goals (44 and 47 yards), cutting into NT's lead, 10-6 in the third quarter. North Texas has outscored its opponents by a combined 20-3 in the first half of its two games. The Mean Green didn't allow Ohio in the redzone in the first half.
The Mean Green responded with its longest scoring drive (8 plays, 60 yards) that resulted in a Riley Dodge touchdown pass to Jamaal Jackson. The 16-yard touchdown was the first of Jackson's career. A clutch catch from freshman Darius Carey on 3rd-and-12, kept the drive alive. The 17-6 lead was the largest North Texas advantage of the game.
Ohio scored twice to take a 20-17 lead with 8:44 left in the game.
North Texas returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 19 when it faces Alabama on the road at 11:20 am.