North Texas Falls To 0-3 With 62-16 Loss To Iowa
Hawkeyes Overpower Mean Green In First-Ever Meeting
North Texas running back Antoinne Jimmerson stiff-arms an Iowa defender (photo by David Pyke)
IOWA CITY, IA - Despite forcing two first-half turnovers that led to 10 points, North Texas was overpowered by Iowa's ground game and sensational passing attack in a 62-16 loss at Kinnick Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Mean Green, beset by turnover problems a week ago against Rice, took care of the football in the first half and took advantage of a pair of Hawkeye turnovers, but it wasn't enough to keep North Texas in the game. Iowa scored touchdowns on all seven trips into scoring territory, while the Mean Green settled for field goals on three of its first four possessions deep in the Hawkeyes' end of the field.
"We lost to a heck of a football team," North Texas coach Dan McCarney said. "At times we did some real positive things, especially running the ball. But we had some miscues late, and it got out of hand."
North Texas rushed for 183 yards, the most Iowa has allowed this year, led by Jeffrey Wilson who returned from a hand injury to run for 74 yards on 14 carries.
In the first-ever meeting between North Texas and Iowa, the Hawkeyes sprinted to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, then responded to a North Texas field goal with two more touchdowns for a commanding 28-3 advantage. Iowa quarterback C.J. Bethard was a perfect 15-of-15 in the first half for 254 yards passing and two touchdowns, while Hawkeye running back Jordan Canzeri ran for three scores on the way to a 35-13 halftime lead. Canzeri finished with 124 yards and four touchdowns.
North Texas drew within 28-13 after Iowa ran a double reverse inside its own 10-yard line, fumbling a pitch that Mean Green linebacker Anthony Wallace recovered at the Hawkeye six. On the next play, the Mean Green ran a reverse to Carlos Harris, who pulled up and threw a touchdown pass to Chris Loving. But Iowa quickly snuffed out any momentum the Mean Green gained, responding with an 11-play, 80-yard drive for a 35-13 halftime lead.
What They Said
"Adversity and tough times can unite you or rip you apart, depending on how you handle it. I believe we'll unite."
--North Texas coach Dan McCarney
"He's a physical, down-hill runner. He's fast and can make people miss, and it's great to have him back."
--McCarney on the return of running back Jeffrey Wilson
North Texas is 0-3 for the first time since 2011.
Carlos Harris's six-yard touchdown pass to Chris Loving in the second quarter was the first scoring pass by a non-quarterback for North Texas since 2005, when Patrick Cobbs tossed a 33-yard scoring strike.
Tee Goree, a redshirt freshman wide receiver, had the first reception of his career.
Running back Jeffrey Wilson, who missed the first three games this year due to injury, returned to the lineup and rushed for 74 yards, the second highest total of his career.
Senior Anthony Wallace made his first career-start for North Texas at middle linebacker. He had a career-high eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Jarrian Roberts notched his fourth sack of the season. It's the first time in his career he's notched sacks in consecutive games.
North Texas rushed for 183 yards against Iowa, the most given up by the Hawkeyes in their first four games. Iowa was allowing only 51 yards a game on the ground coming into the contest.
Punter Eric Keena had a season-long punt of 58 yards.
Wide receiver Carlos Harris had five receptions for 43 yards to move into eighth place in career-receiving yards at North Texas.
Placekicker Trevor Moore hit three field goals, from 38, 38 and 31 yards, marking the third time in his career he has had three or more field goals in a game.
North Texas surrendered 60 or more points for the first time since 2008. This was the first time Iowa scored 60 or more since 2002.
North Texas returns to Conference USA play on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Southern Miss. Gametime is 6 p.m.