Mean Green Massacres Nicholls, 77-3
Quarterback Dajon Williams Makes First Start, Accounts For Five Touchdowns
James Jones had a pair of interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown (photo by Rick Yeatts)
DENTON - In one of the most lopsided victories in school history, North Texas annihilated the out-manned Nicholls Colonels, 77-3, Saturday afternoon at Apogee Stadium.
The Mean Green rolled up 526 yards total offense, sacked Colonels quarterbacks a school-record 10 times, blocked two punts, scored touchdowns on interception and punt returns, and had four players record the first TDs of their careers. The margin of victory was the biggest for North Texas since an 86-point win in 1948.
"We're not as good as we looked today, we're not as bad as we looked last week," North Texas coach Dan McCarney said. "We're somewhere in between, but we definitely took big strides today.
"It was a really fun day."
Saturday also marked the first start for redshirt quarterback Dajon Williams, and what a start it was. Williams completed his first five passes of the game, recorded his first-career rushing touchdown, then tossed his first-career touchdown pass, which was also the Mean Green's first TD throw of the year. By the end of his day, which came early in the third quarter, Williams accounted for five touchdowns - two rushing and three passing - and completed 11-of-14 passes for 176 yards and rushed four times for 68 yards.
"He really came out and executed," McCarney said. "His committment and dedication have been at a different level the last couple of weeks, and it showed today."
This outcome was decided in the first 4:05 of the first quarter. In that span, the Mean Green defense registered a sack, an interception by James Jones, and a blocked punt by Derrick Teegarden, while the offense got an eight-yard touchdown run from Williams, a 41-yard pass from Williams to Carlos Harris, and a one-yard scoring run by Reggie Pegram for a 21-0 lead.
What They Said
"We found out a lot about some young guys who had not played that much, and are improving."
--North Texas coach Dan McCarney on getting playing time to some newcomers Saturday.
"Last week, we didn't live up to our standards as a whole. This week, we just needed to lock in and do our jobs."
--Defensive lineman Chad Polk on the improvement from last week's loss to Louisiana Tech
"The butterflies weren't that big. I had confidence in my o-line."
--Quarterback Dajon Williams on making his first start
• The Mean Green's 10 sacks topped the previous mark of eight against Texas in 2002, matched against UTEP last season. The sacks attack was led by true freshman Tillman Johnson with three sacks and Chad Polk with two. Also in on the party were Malik Dilonga, Andy Flusche, A.J. Smith, Austin Orr, Calin Minor and Sid Moore.
• North Texas, which recorded eight blocked kicks a year ago, blocked its first two kicks of the season Saturday. In the first quarter, Derrick Teegarden blocked a Nicholls punt, and Sed Ellis blocked another punt in the third quarter.
• Dajon Williams's eight-yard touchdown run to start the game was the Mean Green's first first-quarter touchdown of the season.
• James Jones's first interception of the season extended the North Texas streak of forcing at least one turnover to 20. Jones got his second interception of the day - and third of his career - in the second quarter, returning it for the first touchdown of his career.
• Jones's pick six was the first for North Texas since Zac Whitfield's scoring return against Louisiana Tech last year.
• Not to be outdone, Whitfield had his own pick six, returning a Colonels pass 98 yards for the final score of the game. It was the fourth-longest interception return in school history.
• Saturday's win makes North Texas a 2-1 in September, the Mean Green's first winning record in September since 1994.
• Wide receiver Carlos Harris came into the game with 48-yards rushing in his career, and ran for 67 yards on two reverses on one possession Saturday, both coming on the Mean Green's fourth scoring drive of the game.
• North Texas had four plays of over 40 yards before halftime.
• Darvin Kidsy had a scintilating 75-yard punt return for a touchdown that started with some remarkable footwork. Kidsy fielded the punt on the run near the North Texas bench, tight-roped the sideline toward the Mean Green goal line for 10 yards, then turned upfield and circled around the Nicholls coverage team until he located a seam and exploited the hole for the score that made it 56-3.
• With quarterback Dajon Williams making his first-career start Saturday, this is the first year since 2006 in which North Texas has had two quarterbacks make their initial start in the same season. In 2006, the quarterbacks were Matt Phillips and Woody Wilson. Josh Greer was the other QB to make his debut this year.
• North Texas remains perfect in the red zone this year. The Mean Green came into the game seven-for-seven (five TDs, two FGs), and was six-for-six Saturday, all touchdowns.
• This was largest margin of victory since an 86-0 win in 1948 over Randolph Field, and the fourth largest margin in school history. Rounding out the top three are an 87-6 win over Dallas University in 1919 and a 97-0 win over Decatur Baptist in 1929.
• The Mean Green's 77 points ties for the most ever scored by a Conference USA team.
• The Mean Green is now 6-0 all-time against Nicholls.
After a weekend off, the Mean Green hits the road to take on the Big 10's Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington on Oct. 4. It's the final non-conference game of the season for North Texas.