Venue: FAU Stadium
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
Series Record: FAU leads 6-2
Last Meeting: North Texas 31 FAU 17
In Boca Raton: FAU leads 2-1
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM, KNTU 88.1 FM
Live Stats: www.fausports.com
DENTON, Texas - North Texas football heads back on the road Saturday night as they face the Florida Atlantic Owls at FAU Stadium. The Mean Green and Owls are both 1-3 on the year, but North Texas is 0-1 in Sun Belt play while Florida Atlantic is opening league play.
North Texas has won the last two straight games in the series against FAU after dropping the first six meetings. The game can be seen on ESPN3.com and heard on the Mean Green Radio Network. The kickoff is set for 4 p.m.
A win against Florida Atlantic would give the Mean Green a 2-3 record through the first five games, which would be only the third time since 1997 North Texas has been 2-3 after five games. North Texas has been 1-4 or worse in every year since 2005 after five games and since 1997 only in 2005 and 2003 did the Mean Green have a record of 2-3 after five games.
North Texas has held Florida Atlantic to 17 points in consecutive meetings, both Mean Green wins. Prior to that, in the six straight wins for the Owls they averaged 30.5 points a game.
Not since the 2003 season has North Texas had two wins in the month of September. Since returning to FBS in 1995, the Mean Green has won two games in the month of September only twice, 2003 and 1997.
The Mean Green forced one turnover against Troy and has now forced at least one turnover in 20 of the last 21 games.
The Mean Green defense has allowed just 97 total points through the first four games of the season. It is the fewest points allowed through the first four games of a season since 2002.It is only the third time since returning to FBS in 1995 that North Texas has allowed less than 100 points after the first four games.
North Texas had its second straight crowd of over 20,000, with 21,823 against Troy and 22,259 against Texas Southern. Last season the Mean Green had over 20,000 for the first two games at Apogee Stadium against Houston and Indiana. It is the first time in school history North Texas has ever drawn 20,000 in consecutive games in back-to-back seasons.