North Texas Loses In Record Fashion To Portland State
Mean Green Falls To 0-5 With 66-7 Homecoming Defeat To FCS Vikings
Linebacker Fred Scott breaks up a Portland State pass (photo by Rick Yeatts)
DENTON - North Texas slid to 0-5 on the year and incurred the first home losing streak in the era of head coach Dan McCarney with its first-ever loss to an FCS opponent Saturday at Apogee Stadium, a shocking 66-7 homecoming defeat to Portland State.
The Vikings, ranked No. 25 in the nation in the Football Championship Subdivision, claimed their second FBS scalp of the season by dismantling the Mean Green in the biggest margin of victory by an FCS team over a Football Bowl Subdivision team in NCAA history.
The Vikings, who upset Washington State in their season opener this year, brought its bag of tricks to Apogee, pulling out three trick plays in the first half. Deception, however, was unnecessary. The Vikings rolled up single-game season-highs in passing yards, total yards and points, and did so before halftime.
The Mean Green, meanwhile, didn't crossed the Portland State 30-yard line until the final minutes of the game, converted just three of 18 third downs and generated a season low 198 yards total offense. The North Texas running game, which had topped 175 yards in its last three games, disappeared and managed just 76 yards.
At halftime, North Texas Athletics announced donations of $1,000,000 from Bruzzy Westheimer, $1,250,000 from Jim McNatt, and $1,000,000 from Brint Ryan.
Carlos Harris moved into fourth place all-time at North Texas in career receptions, passing Pete Harvey. Harris had nine catches Saturday, giving him 172 for his career and drawing him with 10 of third-place David Brown.
Harris also moved into seventh place in all-time career receiving yards. He has 2,148 yards, moving past John Love.
Punter Eric Keena averaged 49.8 yards per kick on eight punts.
Portland State's 45-point halftime lead was the biggest the Mean Green's biggest intermission deficit since North Texas trailed by 49 to Oklahoma in 2007.
The previous largest margin of defeat a FBS (formerly Division I-AA) school has suffered against a FCS (formerly I-A) school was in 1981, when then I-A Pennsylvania lost to I-AA Lehigh 58-0.
This was the Mean Green's largest margin of defeat since a 79-10 loss to Oklahoma in 2007.
North Texas suffered its first blocked kick of the season when Portland State blocked a Mean Green punt in the first quarter. It was the first blocked punt against North Texas in the Dan McCarney era and the first since 2010.
It's a short week for North Texas, which hosts C-USA Western Division co-leader Western Kentucky on Thursday at Apogee Stadium. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.