MONROE, La. (10/6/01) - A North Texas comeback fell just short as the Mean Green dropped its first-ever Sun Belt Conference football game at Louisiana-Monroe 19-17. With the loss, North Texas dropped to 0-5 this season, its worst beginning since 1982 when it started 0-5 before winning against Texas-Arlington en route to a 2-9 season.
The Mean Green jumped out early when it took its opening drive 60 yards on seven plays and tight end Jeff Muenchow caught his first career touchdown on a one-yard pass from quarterback Scott Hall. Louisiana Monroe answered on the very next drive, going 80 yards to tie the score at seven, which would remain the score until midway through the third quarter when the Indians notched a touchdown to go up 13-7. Louisiana Monroe added another touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead 19-7 with 8:57 to play in the game before North Texas running back Kevin Galbreath broke off a 37-yard run to help the Mean Green close within five points. The Mean Green defense held Monroe to three plays and out on the next possession, giving the North Texas offense the ball back with 6:19 remaining in the game facing a 19-14 deficit. North Texas drove the ball to the opponent two-yard line and converted an apparent go-ahead touchdown pass that was called back for offensive pass interference. The Mean Green would settle for a 33-yard field goal, which cut the lead to two points with 2:50 to play in the game. Louisiana Monroe sealed the game with a first down on its next possession, moving to 1-5 on the season and snapping a 12-game losing streak.
North Texas running back Kevin Galbreath rushed for 100 yards on 21 carries, giving him three 100-yard performances in his first five games at North Texas. Sophomore linebacker Cody Spencer led the team with 18 tackles while freshman safety Jonas Buckles recorded his third interception in as many games this season.
North Texas will try to earn its first win of the 2001 campaign next week at home against Middle Tennessee, which is 5-0, including a 3-0 mark against Sun Belt opponents.