North Texas Mean Green (0-0), LSU Tigers (0-0)
Saturday, September 1, 2012, 6 p.m.
Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
North Texas hosts Texas Southern on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 6 p.m. at Apogee Stadium in Denton. This will be the first meeting between the Mean Green and Texas Southern.
LSU is the fourth No. 1 opponent that North Texas has played in school history and the first since opening the 2003 season at top-ranked Oklahoma. It also marks the 12th time in 13 years that North Texas has played a team ranked in the top 10.
North Texas begins the season on the road for the 11th straight season. The Mean Green has not opened at home since it hosted TCU in 2001.
Five defensive starters for North Texas were making their first career starts, including all four members of the secondary. Defensive tackle Richard Abbe, as well as cornerbacks Hilbert Jackson and Zac Whitfield and safeties Marcus Trice and Lairamie Lee made their first Mean Green start.
North Texas's first first down of the game came on its initial possession of the second quarter. The Mean Green went five possessions without a first down in the first quarter.
Running back Antoinne Jimmerson saw his first North Texas action when he came into the game early in the second quarter.
North Texas scored its first touchdown of the game on an 80-yard pass from Derek Thompson to Brelan Chancellor in the second quarter. It was only the second touchdown the Mean Green had ever scored against LSU in five meetings, with the other coming in a 49-7 loss in 1995. It was the longest career reception for Chancellor and the second-longest pass for Thompson ever.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Zac Whitfield recorded his first career interception when he halted a Tiger scoring drive with a pick at the Mean Green 1-yard line.
Freshman tight end Marcus Smith recorded his first career reception when he caught a first-down grab in the fourth quarter.
Thompson and Chancellor hooked up for their second touchdown midway through the fourth quarter from 15 yards out. Chancellor's two touchdown receptions is a career high.
The 14 points North Texas scored was the most it has ever scored against LSU in a game and the most it scored against a top-five opponent since 1987, when it scored 14 vs. No. 1 Oklahoma.