NT Has Chance For Best Non-Conference Record In FBS Since 1968 On Saturday
Mean Green Hit The Road For The First Time Ever Against A Big 10 Team
Venue: Memorial Stadium
Playing Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: NT leads 1-0
Last Meeting: NT 24 Indiana 21 (2011)
In Bloomington: First game
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM
TV: Big Ten Network
Live Stats: www.IUHoosiers.com
DENTON – The final non-conference game of the season looms large for North Texas as they travel to Big 10 country for the first-time in school history to face Indiana on Saturday afternoon. North Texas wrapped up its best month of September in 20-years with a 77-3 win over Nicholls while the Hoosiers are coming off a 37-15 loss to begin Big 10 play against Maryland. Kickoff from Memorial Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m.
The Mean Green is making it’s first-ever road trip to a Big 10 school. NT won the only previous meeting with Indiana in 2011, 24-21 in Apogee Stadium.
A win over Indiana would give North Texas a 3-2 and the best start to a season since 1994. NT hasn’t been 3-2 after five games since returning to FBS football in 1995. The last NT win over a Power 5 school on the road was at Texas Tech in 1999. Since returning to FBS football in 1995, the Mean Green has won only twice on the road against a Power 5 school, both wins being at Texas Tech.
A win would also give NT a 3-1 non-conference record, which would be the best mark since 1990 and the best record in FBS non-conference play since 1968. (Note: From 1975-82, NT played as an independent and therefore has no conference/non-conference record)
Over the last 12 games played going back to 2013, North Texas has a record of 9-3, which is tied for the second-best in the state of Texas. Only Baylor (10-2) has a better mark than the Mean Green. NT is tied with Texas A&M at 9-3 for best record among teams.
The Mean Green trend of forcing turnovers is continuing in 2014. NT has forced 11 turnovers this season, which is the 14th-most in the country. North Texas is a +4 this season and since Dan McCarney took over in 2011 the Mean Green is a +25 in turnover margin.
NT is cashing in on those mistakes this season, having scored 55 points off of turnovers. Points off of turnovers have accounted for 37 percent of the Mean Green offense. The 55 points NT has scored this season off of opponent turnovers ranks fifth in the nation.
North Texas ranks in the top-20 nationally in rushing defense (11th), total defense (17th), sacks (1st), 3rd down percentage defense (15th), tackles for loss (17th), and interceptions (19th). NT leads C-USA in total defense and sacks. The Mean Green ranks in the top-three in Conference USA in 16 different offensive, defensive and special teams categories.
North Texas is one of seven teams left in the nation that are perfect in red-zone scoring in 2014. The Mean Green is 13-for-13 in the red-zone this season, coming away with 11 touchdowns and two field goals.