Critical Battle In Birmingham For Mean Green As They Face The Blazers

Oct. 8, 2014

Game Information
Venue:                     Legion Field
Capacity:                 72,000
Playing Surface:      Sure Turf
Series Record:         UAB leads 1-0
Last Meeting:          UAB 19-14 (1995)
In Birmingham:       
First game
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DENTON – North Texas dives back into the race in Conference USA as they return to league play with a with a crucial road test at UAB on Saturday. The Mean Green finished the non-conference season at 2-2, and returns to C-USA play with a 0-1 record. UAB is 3-2 and 1-1 in league play after knocking off WKU 42-39 on the road. The Mean Green and Blazers are meeting for just the second time in series history, as UAB won the only meeting 19-14 in 1995.

Freshman Dajon Williams is the first North Texas QB to throw for three TD’s in back-to-back games since Mitch Maher in 1994. The freshman record for most TD’s in a single season is 20 held by Givonanni Vizza in 2007. Williams has six TD’s on the year.

North Texas is 2-3 and 0-1 in C-USA play for the second straight season. A win against UAB would give the Mean Green a 3-3 record after six games, which would match last season and be the first time in FBS football NT has been 3-3 after six games in consecutive seasons since 1977-78.

WR Carlos Harris made a career-high 11 catches against Indiana. He is just the second player with more than 10 receptions in a game for NT since 2010.

Freshman kicker Trevor Moore remained perfect on the year with a FG against Indiana. He is 6-for-6 this season and one of only eight kickers left in the nation to be perfect on the year. Moore is the only freshman remaining in the country without a missed FG in 2014.

North Texas is one of five teams left in the nation that are perfect in red-zone scoring in 2014. The Mean Green is 17-for-17 in the red-zone this season, coming away with 14 touchdowns and three field goals. North Texas is the only non-Power 5 team left in the nation to be perfect in the red-zone. 

The Mean Green kick coverage over the last two seasons remains one of the best in the league, allowing only 19 yards a return this season. UAB enters the game as one of the best in the nation at returning kickoffs, averaging 26.41 yards a return, which is tops in C-USA and 12th in the nation. 

UAB enters the game converting on 46 percent on 3rd down this season, which is fourth-best in C-USA this season. In the two wins this season, NT is allowing only 23 percent on 3rd down conversions, while in the three losses teams have converted 42 percent on 3rd down. UAB is allowing its opponent to convert on 3rd down only 32 percent of the time this season, which ranks second best in C-USA.

Heading into the matchup with UAB, North Texas doesn’t have a running back averaging over 50 yards a game. Reggie Pegram is the leading rusher at just 45.6 yards per game. UAB enters the game with two players averaging over 50-yards a game, Jordan Howard and D.J. Vinson. Howard is the third-leading rusher in C-USA with 112.8 yards a game. Vinson is the ninth leading rusher in C-USA, averaging 69.2 yards a game.

The game will feature two of the top all-purpose yardage players in C-USA. J.J. Nelson is second in C-USA a game in all-purpose yardage at 158.6 while Carlos Harris is sixth with 129.6 yards a game.


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