Mean Green In Search Of Winning September For First Time In 20 Years
NT Hosts Nicholls On Saturday Afternoon At Apogee Stadium
Venue: Apogee Stadium
Playing Surface: Sportexe PowerBlade
Series Record: NT leads 5-0
Last Meeting: NT 23 Nicholls 0 (2002)
In Denton: NT leads 3-0
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM
KNTU 88.1 FM
KGAF 1580 AM
TV: American Sports Network
Live Stats: www.MeanGreenSports.com
DENTON – After a tough loss to begin C-USA play, North Texas closes out their three-game homestand against Nicholls on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff from Apogee Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. The Mean Green is looking to bounce back after a 42-21 loss to LA Tech to begin C-USA play on Sept. 11. Nicholls is coming off a 27-10 loss to Henderson State and is winless at 0-3. North Texas is a perfect 5-0 against Nicholls as the two teams meet for the first time since 2002.
The Mean Green is going for a second straight 2-2 start to the season, which would be the first back-to-back .500 starts to a season since 1993 and 1994. North Texas also has a chance to notch a winning month of September for the first time since 1994.
Under Dan McCarney, the Mean Green has amassed a home record of 13-6 at Apogee stadium since 2011, which is the fourth-best home winning percentage in the state of Texas, behind only Baylor, Rice and Texas A&M. NT has had a better home mark since 2011 than TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Miami, SMU, Arizona, Tulsa, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Pitt, Vanderbilt, West Virginia Purdue, Virginia and Tennessee.
True freshman Jeffrey Wilson made his first career-start against LA Tech. He is the first true freshman running back to start under Dan McCarney at North Texas and the first true freshman RB to start at game at NT since Micah Mosley in 2007.
Erick Evans has rushed for two TD’s in his first three games and is the first freshman since Jamario Thomas to run for two TD’s in their his first three games.
Over the last 11 games played going back to 2013, North Texas has a record of 8-3, which is tied for the second-best in the state of Texas. Only Baylor (9-2) has a better mark than the Mean Green. NT is tied with Texas A&M at 8-3 for best record among teams.
aNorth Texas is allowing opponents to convert on 3rd down only 28.2 percent of the time this season, which ranks 17th in the nation. However the Mean Green is 111th themselves when it comes to converting on 3rd down, converting on only 30 percent of 3rd down this season.