Mean Green Takes 1-0 Record To Ohio On Saturday
NT Seeking Best Start To The Year Since 1994
Sep 4, 2013
Venue: Peden Stadium
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
Series Record: Ohio leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Ohio 31 NT 30 2OT (2009)
In Athens: First game
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM
KNTU 88.1 FM
KGAF 1580 AM
Live Stats: www.OhioBobcats.com
North Texas Game Notes
Following a 40-6 victory in the season opener over Idaho, North Texas plays on the road for the first time as they visit the Ohio Bobcats. North Texas is going after its first 2-0 start to the season since 1994. Ohio is coming off a 49-7 loss at No. 9 Louisville.
The two teams meet for a second time as the Bobcats won a double-overtime game at North Texas in 2009. The game can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network at 6 p.m. and seen on ESPN3.com.
Dan McCarney and Frank Solich are meeting for the seventh time as head coaches. The two squared off six times while McCarney was at Iowa State and Solich was at Nebraska. North Texas piled up the third most yards in school history in the 40-6 rout of Idaho to begin the season.
The Mean Green had 591 total yards of offense on the night, which is the most ever to open a season, and the most in a game since 2007. The 40 points scored by North Texas was the most in a season opening game since 1994 and it is only the third time since 1997 that the Mean Green is 1-0 to start the season.
Quarterback Derek Thompson turned perhaps his best night in a Mean Green uniform. He tossed for a career-high 349 yards and completed 85.2 percent of his passes. He notched his fifth 300-yard passing game, which moved him into second place all-time and he became only the sixth player in school history to amass over 5,000 yards of total offense for a career.
Senior linebacker Zach Orr was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week. Orr, a 2013 Lombardi Award Candidate, led all defenders with 11 tackles and added one quarterback sack and one tackle for loss in the 40-6 win over Idaho.
The North Texas defense allowed just six points in the season opener against Idaho, which is the lowest points given up in a game since 2010 and the fewest allowed in a season opener since 1994. North Texas extended its winning streak to 31 straight games when allowing 10 points or less.
Brelan Chancellor turned in another all-around performance in the 40-6 win over Idaho. First Chancellor tied his career-high with six catches for 135 yards. He had an 85 yard reception for a score, which ties for the fifth longest reception in school history.
But perhaps the biggest impact came on punt returns. Chancellor had two returns of 62 and 48 yards and ended the night with 111 punt return yards and 283 all-purpose yards. The 62 yard punt return by Chancellor was the longest by a North Texas player since 2004. His 111 yards in a game are the second most in school history and the most since 1973.