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TULSA, Okla. (9/16/06) - North Texas looks to a rematch with Tulsa after notching a home-opening win over cross-town rival SMU last weekend. The game will be carried by the Mean Green Radio Network, with the kickoff scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
The Mean Green is coming off a 24-7 win over SMU in its first game against the Mustangs since 1992. North Texas ranks 23rd in the nation in both turnover margin and punt returns, and boasts the country’s 53rd ranked pass defense. Tulsa, the 2005 Conference USA Champion, is coming off a 49-24 loss to Brigham Young, but has posted impressive offensive numbers this season. Golden Hurricane quarterback Paul Smith leads the nation’s 17th ranked passing attack which totals over 283 yards and 34 points per game.
Darrell Dickey, the four-time Sun Belt Coach of the Year, is in his ninth season with the Mean Green. With the SMU victory Dickey picked up his 40th win at North Texas, which ties coaching legend Hayden Fry. No stranger to success, Dickey has compiled a 32-17 conference record. Steve Kragthorpe, a former North Texas offensive coordinator, took the reigns of the Tulsa football program in 2003 and has already led the Golden Hurricane to 21 wins and a pair of bowl births.
Tulsa leads the all-time series 14-6, including a 9-2 mark at home. The Golden Hurricane has won the last seven meetings by an average of 19 points, dating back to 1970. North Texas took the first two games in 1957 and 58, but has not beaten Tulsa since 1969.
In the last meeting, Tulsa used a strong second half to push past North Texas, 54-2, at Fouts Field in front of a crowd of 23,112 on Sept. 17, 2005. After leading 19-2 at halftime, Tulsa (1-2) combined for 252 total yards and 35 points in the second half. Golden Hurricane running backs Brandon Diles rushed for 128 yards, and Cauvey Jackson ran for two touchdowns. The Tulsa offense combined for 406 yards of total offense, while the Golden Hurricane defense held the Mean Green to 129 yards.