NT Opens C-USA Play On Thursday Night With La Tech Coming To Town
Mean Green Battle The Bulldogs On National TV
Venue: Apogee Stadium
Playing Surface: Sportexe PowerBlade
Series Record: Series even 6-6
Last Meeting: NT 28 La Tech 13 (2013)
In Denton: La Tech leads 3-1
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM
TV: CBS College Sports
Live Stats: www.MeanGreenSports.com
North Texas Game Notes
DENTON – Fresh off a 43-6 thrashing of SMU, the North Texas football team continues its three-game homestand with a critical game against Louisiana Tech to begin C-USA play on Thursday night. Kickoff at Apogee Stadium is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on CBS College Sports. The two teams enter the game at 1-1 overall. The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive 48-20 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. The two teams have split the previous 12 meetings, winning six apiece, but La. Tech is 3-1 all-time in Denton.
Under Dan McCarney, the Mean Green has amassed a home record of 13-5 at Apogee stadium since 2011, which is the third-best home winning percentage in the state of Texas, behind only Baylor and Rice. NT has had a better home mark since 2011 than TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Houston, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Miami, SMU, Arizona, Tulsa, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Pitt, Vanderbilt, West Virginia Purdue, Virginia and Tennessee.
With a win over Louisiana Tech, the Mean Green would be 2-1 for the second straight season after three games. It would be the first time since 1989 and 1990 that NT has had a 2-1 record to start the year. The Mean Green hasn’t been 2-1 in back-to-back years in FBS play since 1979 and 1980.
True freshman kicker Trevor Moore was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the win over SMU. Moore tied a North Texas record and had the best performance by a kicker in FBS this season, going a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts and 2-for-2 on PAT attempts for 17 total points.
His five field goals was just one away from the NCAA record for field goals made in a game by a freshman and was the second-best performance by a kicker in a single game in Conference USA history.
After two games, the Mean Green defense has allowed only 20 percent conversions on 3rd down, which is tied for the sixth best in the nation. Louisiana Tech enters the game converting 38 percent on 3rd down. NT has struggled in converting 3rd downs this season at just 29 percent, but the Bulldogs have allowed 43 percent conversion on 3rd downs this season.
North Texas opens C-USA play out looking for a 1-0 start in league play for the first time since 2010. The Mean Green has been 1-0 in league play only once in the last seven years.