Mean Green Heads To New Orleans For C-USA Opener
NT Battles Tulane Saturday Afternoon At 2:30
Oct. 2, 2013
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Playing Surface: Turf
Series Record: First meeting
Last Meeting: None
In New Orleans: First game
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM
KNTU 88.1 FM
KGAF 1580 AM
TV: Fox College Sports
Live Stats: www.TulaneGreenWave.com
Fresh off a bye week, North Texas begins Conference USA play with a road game at Tulane on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game can be seen on Fox College Sports.
The Mean Green is 2-2 and enters the month of October with the best record after four games since 1997. It is the first meeting between North Texas and Tulane.
The Green Wave is coming off a 31-14 win over ULM on the road and has already surpassed last year's win total of two in the first five games.
North Texas has forced the fifth most turnovers in the nation with 13 through four games. The eight forced fumbles lead the nation. In the Dan McCarney era the Mean Green is now a +16 in turnover margin.
The Mean Green is in search of its best start to a season at 3-2 since 1994. It would be the first winning record for North Texas in the month of October since 2003. Brelan Chancellor is the active career leader in multiple categories nationwide. He is the nation's active leader in kickoff return yards a game (80.5) and kickoff returns per game (3.3).
North Texas begins C-USA play against Tulane and it will be the eighth different league for Mean Green football. In the previous seven times North Texas has played its first game in a new league the Mean Green has a record of 4-3.
In the first seasons of those new leagues, North Texas has had never had a losing season and had a winning season in six of the seven seasons. In three of those seven seasons North Texas has won the league championship in its first season in a new league.
Chancellor is second in the nation among active players with 2,657 kickoff return yards, fourth among all returns with three touchdowns and seventh nationally with 4,284 all-purpose yards. He is the only player in the nation in the top-10 in kickoff returns and punt returns. Chancellor is fifth in punt returns and seventh in kickoff returns.
North Texas is returning to New Orleans and the Mercedes Benz Superdome where the Mean Green played in four consecutive New Orleans Bowls from 2001-2004. North Texas is 1-3 in the Superdome, winning 24-19 over Cincinnati in 2002.