Mean Green Opens The 2013 Season Saturday Against Idaho
North Texas Hosts Vandals At 6 p.m.
Aug 29, 2013
Venue: Apogee Stadium
Playing Surface: Sportexe PowerBlade HP
Series Record: North Texas leads, 5-4
Last Meeting: NT 51, Idaho 29 (2004)
In Denton: North Texas leads, 3-2
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM
KNTU 88.1 FM
KGAF 1580 AM
Live Stats: www.MeanGreenSports.com
Webcast: Mean Green All-Access
North Texas Game Notes
The 2013 season opener for the North Texas football team is Saturday night as they begin the season against the Idaho Vandals at Apogee Stadium. The game starts at 6 p.m. Mean Green All-Access will stream the game live on MeanGreenSports.com.
For the first time in 12 years the Mean Green begins the season with a home game. North Texas takes on an old conference rival in the Idaho Vandals. North Texas last opened at home in 2001 against TCU. The Mean Green was 4-8 last season while Idaho went 1-11. North Texas is 37-57-3 all-time in the season debut.
The Mean Green has won just two season-openers in the last 16 years, a 14-7 win at Middle Tennessee in 2005 and a 20-10 victory at Ball State in 2009. The Mean Green is opening the season at home for only the 35th time out of 98 years in school history.
North Texas is 19-13-2 in the previous 34 games, but has lost the last three straight home season openers. 1996 was the last time North Texas started the season out at home with a win.
The North Texas offense returns plenty of firepower from the 2012 team with eight starters returning. QB Derek Thompson has thrown for 4,551 yards and 26 TD's in his career. Running backs Brandin Byrd and Antoinne Jimmerson are back after combining to rush for 1,419 yards in 2012. Thompson has four of his top five receivers back from 2012.
Heading into the 2013 season, North Texas returns 16 starters who have combined for to make 243 career starts. Last season, the Mean Green had only 135 games of starting experience. On defense the Mean Green has more than double the experience from 2012 with 108 career games started, compared with only 49 heading into the year last season.