LAFAYETTE, La. (10/6/07) Listen live as the North Texas football team seeks its first win of the season as they square off against the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette tonight at 6:05 p.m in Lafayette, La.
The game will be televised as part of the Sun Belt package on ESPN Regional. It can be seen live locally in the Dallas/Fort Worth area on TXA 21.
The Mean Green dropped to 0-4 last Saturday at Arkansas while the Ragin’ Cajuns fell to 0-5 with a loss at Central Florida. Louisiana-Lafayette leads the conference in rushing with quarterback Michael Desormeaux averaging 102 yards per game and running back Tyrell Fenroy averaging 76.8.
North Texas leads the Sun Belt Conference and ranks ninth in the NCAA in passing offense with an average of 330.8 yards per game. At its current pace, North Texas would shatter the Sun Belt record for passing yards in a season, which was set by Idaho with 3,826 in 2001. North Texas wide receivers Casey Fitzgerald and Brandon Jackson rank first and second respectively in both receptions and receiving yards this year. At their current pace, both would break the Sun Belt record for receptions in a season and Fitzgerald would break the record for yards in a season.
North Texas is 8-3 all time against Louisiana-Lafayette and has won six of the last seven meetings. The Mean Green is 4-1 at Lafayette, winning four straight at Cajun Field after losing the first meeting there in 1981. Since the beginning of the Sun Belt Conference in 2001, North Texas has gone 4-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette, with the only loss coming in 2005 in Denton. In North Texas’ eight wins over the Ragin’ Cajuns the Mean Green has allowed an average of 11.8 points. In the three losses, the Mean Green has allowed an average of 32 points.
This is the fourth time in the last 10 years that North Texas has started the season 0-4. In three of those four years, one of the first three losses came to an opponent ranked in the top 10 nationally. The last two times that North Texas started the season 0-4 was 2001 and 2004, which were both Sun Belt Conference championship years. North Texas’ combined record of the first four games over the 12 years since returning to Div. I-A in 1995 is 9-40 (.184 winning percentage) and it has never had a winning record after the first four games during that time.
North Texas had its best defensive performance of the 2006 season against Lousiana-Lafayette, holding the Ragin’Cajuns to just 208 yards of total offense in a 16-7 win. The Mean Green defense came into last year’s game with ULL allowing an average of 356 yards per game and the Ragin’ Cajuns came into the game averaging 314 yards of offense. The amazing statistic from that game was that ULL came into the game leading the Sun Belt Conference with a rushing average of 189.5 yards per game, but was held to just 40 yards on the ground against the Mean Green.
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